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)

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

BASIC SKILLS

• 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.

WRITING

• 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).

MATH

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.
• 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