Children may enter Kingsley as early as age 2 and have the opportunity to remain enrolled until age 12. This ten-year period is called the Foundational Decade
in which children develop ways of learning that serve them for a lifetime. Children learn at varying rates and their curiosity leads them to explore and acquire learning. Kingsley's core pedagogy, Montessori, enables, guides, and facilitates this process. Kingsley’s method of education engages all the human senses while respecting both the students’ style of learning and the pace at which they acquire knowledge, attitudes, and skills.
The Montessori multi-age grouping is optimal for The Foundational Decade of Learning. Each child remains in the same classroom for three years allowing a deep relationship between the child and the teacher, as well as between the family and the teacher. Throughout the Foundational Decade of Learning, developmentally appropriate practices are aimed at enhancing the interplay between these domains in fluid and constant ways. Fundamentally, this approach focuses on the ways in which children think and feel, their understanding of the world, and what they can do physically. As they make their way through the Foundational Decade of Learning at Kingsley, students have the opportunity to explore and learn when they are ready to do so because the teachers are attuned to their readiness and motivation to learn.