Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten at Wesleyan Christian Academy

Discover the best-fit program for your 5 to 6-year-old

Developing Lifelong, Christlike learners

Kindergarten is an important milestone for you and your child. As a parent, you want your child to experience the right pace of learning in a creative environment that reinforces the values and lessons you are teaching at home. It’s also important to you that your child is well known by their teacher and given the individualized attention they need to thrive — academically, socially, and emotionally.

At Wesleyan Christian Academy, your kindergartner will find a Christ-centered education that supports and encourages them as they begin their academic journey. Below you will find:

Is your child ready for kindergarten?

Transitional Kindergarten vs. Kindergarten

Understanding the Best Program for Your Child

Knowing your child’s strengths and gaps and what program is going to best nurture their natural curiosity is important as they step into their first structured classroom experience. You want them to have the right amount of challenge so they can grow without feeling overwhelmed.

At Wesleyan, we’ve designed our transitional kindergarten and kindergarten programs to help each child build confidence in their abilities and develop a love for learning. To do this, we place children in appropriate classes based on their developmental age and birthdate.

Determining your child’s developmental age

The Gesell Developmental Observation is one way we learn where each child is developmentally. During this interactive, 30-minute observation, your child will have the opportunity to draw pictures, answer teacher questions about what they enjoy, and participate in various math and language activities. The results of this assessment will provide the developmental age of your child, which in turn will allow our Admissions Committee to make a transitional kindergarten or kindergarten placement. When we understand how your child learns best, we can provide the developmentally-appropriate environment they need to create a solid academic foundation and foster their God-given abilities.

Although there is no specific way to prepare for the Gesell Observation, we encourage parents to make sure their child has enough rest the night before, eats a healthy breakfast, and feels relaxed on the day of the assessment. After the observation is complete, our trained kindergarten teachers will assess their findings and make a recommended placement of transitional kindergarten or kindergarten.  If a child begins Wesleyan in transitional kindergarten, they will complete a full school year in this program and progress to kindergarten after that.  However, some children will begin at Wesleyan in kindergarten, bypassing transitional kindergarten. If a child begins Wesleyan in kindergarten, they will keep that placement for a full year and then progress to first grade if they are ready. 

Transitional Kindergarten

Developmentally younger five-year-olds

This program is built for children who might need more time and guidance as they adjust to a more structured classroom environment and school schedule. Wesleyan’s transitional kindergarten classroom includes 15 to 17 students with  one full-time lead teacher and one full-time teaching assistant.

Your transitional kindergartener will begin the school year with less time on task to accommodate their wiggles, and  more group work and center work to strengthen their communication and fine motor skills. Phonemic awareness will also help your child begin their reading journey, and although our transitional kindergarteners are not required to be reading by the end of the TK year, generally about two-thirds of the class will be.


Developmentally older five-year-olds and younger six-year-olds

For children who are ready for a faster academic pace and a more  structured learning environment, Wesleyan’s kindergarten program is a perfect fit. Our kindergarten classes average 19-20 students with one full-time teacher and one part-time teacher who assists throughout the instructional day.

Your kindergartener will begin the school year with a quick review of PreK or TK concepts while allowing for longer periods of focus and more independent work. Our kindergarten teachers move at a more rapid pace in subjects like English and math because our kindergarteners are developmentally older in age and able to concentrate for longer periods of time. We want to see our kindergarteners reading on their own by Christmas so we can assign reading materials in the spring based on their reading level. 

A learning environment that cultivates creativity, academic growth, and Christlike character.

Whether your child begins at Wesleyan Christian Academy in transitional kindergarten or kindergarten, we provide the environment and support they need to confidently prepare for elementary school. This is accomplished through:


Your child will not only develop friendships with classmates from like-minded families, but also be mentored by older elementary, middle, and high school students. Wesleyan mentors serve as reading buddies, summer camp counselors, academic tutors, and instructional athletic league coaches.


Our teachers incorporate developmentally appropriate technology into the classroom environment to enhance lessons and stimulate the learning experience, all while preserving the teacher-to-student and student-to-student relationship. Your child will become familiar with SmartBoards, Voice Projection Systems, iPads, Chromebooks, and educational software programs and games.


Kindergarten students are given various materials to manipulate, explore, and learn new concepts, which also helps with developing their fine and gross motor skills. To foster social, emotional, and leadership abilities, your child will actively serve in classroom leadership roles throughout the school year. 


From weekly chapels to daily integration of biblical principles into every subject, your child will be building a solid spiritual foundation. Our goal is to have the Word of Christ dwell in each child richly now and throughout their life journey (Colossians 3:16).


We believe children learn best when they feel known, cared for, and safe. When your child comes to school, they are entering a secured campus. We take safety very seriously. All of our faculty, staff, and volunteers have been screened with appropriate background checks. Our doors remain locked at all times and we monitor both interior and exterior spaces with security cameras. We also have a High Point Police Officer on campus every school day between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm.

What will your kindergartner be doing each day?

Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten School Hours

Below is a sample schedule.

8:15 – 9:00: Circle Time & Character Education

9:00 – 10:00: Language Arts

10:00 – 10:30: Recess

10:30 – 11:15: Math

11:15 – 11:55: Science/Social Studies

11:55 – 12:55: Lunch/Recess

1:00 – 1:45: Weekly Special (art, technology, media center, music, STEM, PE/swimming, chapel)

1:45 – 2:30: Rest Time

2:30: Dismissal

Extended Care

Many of our families have busy schedules, which is why we provide early morning care and after school care. Children enrolled in our after-school program will enjoy a snack, join organized games, and play outside.

Early morning care – 7:00 – 7:40: No charge

After school care (one-hour care) – 2:30 – 3:30: $30 per week

After school care (three-hour care) – 2:30 – 5:30: $85 per week

After school care (as needed) – 2:30 – 5:30: $25 per day


Does my child have to complete both TK and K?

A child can begin school at Wesleyan in transitional kindergarten or in kindergarten. However, if a child begins school as a transitional kindergartener, they will be required to complete a full year in TK before moving to kindergarten. If a child begins in kindergarten, they will bypass transitional kindergarten and progress to first grade the following year.

Does my child have to be observed before they enroll?

Yes — the Gesell Observation is the kindergarten assessment that will allow our teachers and admissions committee the chance to observe your child. If further observation is needed, our admissions office will let you know.

When does the Gesell Developmental Observation take place?

All TK, K, and 1st-grade applicants will sit for the Gesell Observation beginning in February prior to August admission. Several testing dates will also be offered in February and March with later testing dates available as needed. 

When should I apply for kindergarten at Wesleyan?

New student applications will go live on our Apply to Wesleyan page in mid-October. The Gesell Assessment and parent interviews will be scheduled beginning in February, and our first round of acceptance letters will be sent in late February or early March. We strongly encourage you to apply early (by the first of the year).  Space is limited and Wesleyan can move to wait pools by mid spring.

Come and see Wesleyan for yourself

We know choosing the right kindergarten program takes a lot of prayer and consideration. We encourage parents who are exploring their options to come and visit our campus. You’ll have the opportunity to step into our classrooms, meet our teachers, ask questions, and get a feel for all that our learning community has to offer.