K Prep And Kindergarten Academics

Curriculum That Shapes a Lifetime of Learning

Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan (HVAM) makes learning fun with award-winning kindergarten prep and kindergarten curriculum that introduces students to core subjects through engaging, interactive lessons.

HVAM kindergarten prep and kindergarten students take courses in the subjects listed below.

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ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS

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MATH

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SCIENCE

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HISTORY

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ART

Kindergarten Prep Approach

Designed to prepare your child for Kindergarten, our Kindergarten Prep program nurtures your child’s social skills through hands-on learning and play. With a focus on literacy and joyful exploration, our approach blends care with innovative technology to create a supportive learning environment. Start your child’s educational journey with us, where every day is filled with growth, discovery, and excitement.

Early Learners: We also offer a half-day program designed to give younger children an early start on their educational journey or nurture the mind of students who need extra support before Kindergarten. This mostly asynchronous, flexible option utilizes the same award-winning curriculum as our K Prep program. Our Early Learners program aims to ignite your child’s joy of learning—a joy that will flourish with each passing academic year.

Kindergarten Prep
Curriculum

Embark is an award-winning kindergarten prep curriculum created by a team of developmental psychologists and academics. It includes online and offline high-quality learning experiences and provides exposure to core subjects. Courses are highly interactive, with audio and visuals to help children follow along, and can be taken at a pace that suits each child’s learning.

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Kindergarten Curriculum

Our curriculum is rooted in the principles of how children learn, while the online school platform harnesses the power of 21st-century technology to make learning come alive. All courses are designed to help spark your child’s joy of learning—a joy that’s sure to grow with each academic year.

What does the online kindergarten experience look like?

Embark is an award-winning kindergarten prep curriculum created by a team of developmental psychologists and academics. It includes online and offline high-quality learning experiences and provides exposure to core subjects. Courses are highly interactive, with audio and visuals to help children follow along, and can be taken at a pace that suits each child’s learning.

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What are the differences between Early Learners, Kindergarten Prep and Kindergarten?

This chart shows the differences you can expect between these three similar programs so you can determine which is the right fit for your child.

KindergartenKindergarten Prep (K Prep)Early Learners
Enrollment Age5 years old by September 1.5 years old by December 1.5 years old between December 1 and April 1.
Length of Program1 Year.2 Years (K Prep, then K).2 Years (Early Learners, then K).
CurriculumK12 Traditional Kindergarten.K12 Embark Curriculum for the first year.K12 Embark Curriculum for the first year.
Focus of StudyReading, writing, math, science, and social studies.Play-based learning to develop social and motor skills in math, reading, science, social studies, art, and music during Year 1. Traditional kindergarten focus of study during Year 2.Play-based learning to develop social and motor skills during Year 1. Traditional Kindergarten focus of study during Year 2.
Benefits of ParticipationBuild foundational skills in core academic areas.Gain an extra year of social and emotional growth with additional time for math and reading support designed to set students up for success in kindergarten and beyond.Grow social and emotional skills through flexible and individualized learning designed to set students up for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

How do I know if my student is ready for kindergarten?

Knowing when your child is ready for kindergarten involves weighing social skills and what they’ve already learned. To help gauge your child’s academic readiness, take a look at the following list. Can your student perform most of these skills?

If you responded no to five or more, kindergarten prep may be the right option for your student.

Can your child:

Name and recognize 5 colors?

Name and recognize 10 letters?

Recognize their name in print?

Write most or all letters in their first name?

Follow 2-step instructions?

Identify numbers from 1–10?

Count and order objects from 1–10?

Draw a line and closed circle?

Use scissors and pencils or crayons with control?

Order 3 things in a sequence or repeat a simple pattern?

Finally

Did your student attend preschool?

Meet Demonty

Demonty is a kindergarten student building his confidence and growing academically with online school. His mom Janell wanted an option where she could be more involved as well as have the extra support to keep him on track. Demonty loves to explore outside, read books, and make friends while playing sports.

Explore a Day in the Life of Demonty

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*The K12 course descriptions are a complete list of the courses that K12 provides. While HVAM offers a comprehensive selection of courses, not every K12 course is available to HVAM students. Information on specific courses is provided upon enrollment. For details, please ask your Personal Admissions Liaison (PAL) during the enrollment process.