Kindergarten Expectations
University Academy does not offer social promotion. At every grade level, there are specific requirements for promotion to the next grade. (2020-2021 Parent-Student Handbook)

Kindergarten-Grade Level Expectations

The following skills must be mastered by the final semester of the Kindergarten year in order to be promoted to first grade:


  • Follows three-step directions
  • Speaks in complete sentences
  • Works Independently


  • Knows letter-sound relationships: a-z
  • Able to blend sounds to make words such as “c, a, t”  is “cat”.
  • Able to break a word down into its sounds such as “ big” is “b, i, g”.
  • Able to identify the role of the author and the illustrator.
  • Identifies uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet
  • Retells a story in sequence
  • Draws conclusions/predicts outcomes from a selection read orally
  • Can make connections with a text such as text to text, text to self and text to world connections.
  • Reads a rebus story level D
  • Scores an 80% or above on the end of the year FAST assessment
  • Must be able to read 80 out of the 120 Kindergarten Sight Words.


  • Writes legibly: upper and lower case letters of the alphabet
  • Writes legibly: first and last name
  • Writes legibly: simple words (Kindergarten Sight Word Lists)
  • Writes legibly: short sentences
  • Uses proper writing conventions (capital letter, finger space between words, punctuation).


Students must score 70% on the end of the year math exam which demonstrates the following concepts:

  • Reads number words: zero to ten
  • Understands math concepts: one to one correspondence
  • Count to 100 by 1’s and 10’s
  • Counts forward from any given number.
  • Writes numbers 0-20 correctly.
  • Adds numbers within 10
  • Subtracts numbers within 10
  • Solves addition and subtraction word problems by using drawings or objects.
  • Recognizes numbers in sequential order from 1-20
  • Arranges numbers in sequential order from 1-20
  • Knows the quantity represented by each number 1-20
  • Identify whether a number or group of objects is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group.
  • Able to identify 2 and 3-dimensional shapes.
  • Able to count the number of sides and corners of 2-dimensional shapes.
  • Able to identify a penny, nickel, dime and quarter.
  • Able to compare and describe objects using measurable attributes such as length, weight, and height.
  • Able to classify objects into given categories and count the number of objects in each category.
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of concepts of time and devices that measure time.
  • Able to compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into sets of tens and additional ones.
  • Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 in more than one way.

 Scores 70% on end of the year Math Test