Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)
The Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten(VPK) program is a state funded program for four year olds. The State of Florida’s goal for this program is to offer educational opportunities for the pre-kindergarten student. The state requires the program to have activities that foster physical and academic readiness for kindergarten including sound, letter and number recognition, story comprehension and following directions. Achievement of these goals are tested upon completion of the program. The goals are met within the Montessori environment and without deviating from the Montessori method. All four year olds in the Montessori classroom receive equal, individually-appropriate, educational opportunities whether or not they are registered in the VPK program.
The State of Florida guidelines for VPK students mandates that a child must be four years old by September 1st in order to be eligible. Due to state enrollment-based requirements, Montessori Academy of Naples offers limited spaces in the VPK program on a first-come, first-served basis with priority placement given to current Montessori Academy of Naples’ students. Over-enrollment of the VPK program would alter the balance of students that is essential to the optimum functioning of the Montessori environment.
Parents interested in the VPK program must apply and be accepted through the State of Florida. Parents are advised to check availability of spaces in their child’s classroom as acceptance in the VPK program by the State of Florida does not guarantee availability in the VPK program at Montessori Academy of Naples.