Staunton elementary schools have noticed a developmental gap among kindergartners.
Teachers say, though they are old enough, some kids simply aren't ready for kindergarten academics, which can create challenges for the student and the school.
However, Staunton City Schools hopes meet those challenges head on by creating a two-tiered kindergarten program next school year.
Kindergarten one will be held at the former Dixon Elementary School and offered to kids that just need a little more time.
"There's nothing wrong with that. Just because you turn five doesn't mean you're ready for kindergarten. So, we want to be proactive about providing them with the experiences that are going to get them ready to fully participate in the academic pieces of kindergarten," says Assistant Superintendent Dori Walk.
It could also help with kids’ self-esteem because they'll always be moving forward.
At the end of the year, the student could graduate to kindergarten two or first grade.
Staunton is one of only a handful of schools statewide with a two-tiered kindergarten program, but if it's successful, officials say it could catch on in other Valley districts.
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