Nardin Academy, whose high school has monopolized Business First's No. 1 ranking since 2007, wants to get kids started even earlier.
The private Catholic girls school in Buffalo is launching a kindergarten, with an inaugural class next fall.
Nardin already has Montessori, elementary and high school programs. Like grades 1-8, its kindergarten will follow the Common Core curriculum adopted by New York state.
"Many families throughout the community have let us know that they are eager for this extension of our elementary program via a kindergarten," said Marsha Joy Sullivan, Nardin president.
Lead teacher for the kindergarten program will be Joanne Vile, who holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Buffalo State and a master's degree in reading education from Canisius College. Vile has taught at Nardin for 12 years. The targeted student-to-teacher ratio is 10-to-1.
To be eligible for the program, students must be 5 years old by Sept. 30. Applications are now being accepted.
Nardin plans open house events for lower schools on Nov. 14 and Jan. 23, both from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. For information, contact Victoria Boreanaz at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 881-6262, ext. 1030, or visit www.nardin.org.