Junior/Senior First Program
Roland Park Country School is delighted to offer a Junior/Senior First Grade program to provide greater flexibility and individualized growth for our girls over time. We recognize that not all girls develop skills at the same pace and learning can be as individual as the students themselves. Previously, a younger student was placed in Pre-First, proving limited options and flexibility for fluid grouping throughout the year and a move directly to second grade for those students who were academically, as well as socially and emotionally ready. For most girls, the first-grade year will prepare them for a more academically challenging second grade. For some of our girls, the need to spend more time building independence and honing social and emotional skills is critical. In order to provide an alternative path from our first grade to second grade, we have introduced this program to provide the gift of time to students who would benefit. Junior/Senior First allows a broader array of custom learnings solutions through a two-year rotating curriculum and offers a strategic advantage for our girls at this important developmental age. The decision of a move from Junior to Senior First, or from Junior First to second grade would be made in collaboration with families during the winter of the first grade year, considering the individualized development of each student.