Our alternative teaching methods allows us introduce higher level concepts about the world around us while still preparing each child with the standard academics they will need for kindergarten. Themed weeks may include planets and the solar system, trees, classic literature, continents and oceans or any other subject matter that may be of interest! We mix our age groups from 2 to 5 year olds to encourage social and language skills as well as building a strong sense of community in the group. Movement while learning activities encourages listening, focus and school skills.
"So happy we found this school! It is everything we want in a pre-school -- warm, energetic, enthusiastic, dedicated teachers focused on prepping the kids for kindergarten as they teach them new skills and gently encourage and show them how to be more independent. I love that they don't separate the kids by age and that they treat all the kids the same regardless of age. I also appreciate how communicative and flexible the school is, and how they welcome but in no way pressure parents to be involved. They do so many fun things with the kids that sometimes I am jealous of how my son spends his days while I am toiling away at work!"
With walking pick-up from McCall, Independence Charter, FACTS (Folk Arts - Cultural Treasures Charter School) and Greenfield Elementary Schools, Kids On 12th is the place to meet up with new friends and old. We offer homework help and snack options along with countless choices of activities every day. Kids can form their own clubs, join sports activities, create art or Lego projects or sit back and read in our color leveled library. There's plenty of space to run around in the basketball court, play ball or build forts and tunnels with the gym mats.
The Junior Teacher Program is available for all after school students from 1st to 5th grade that commit to being a mover and shaker in our community. They take on responsibilities within our program as well as participate in various fundraisers and park clean ups throughout the year. Their big reward for all of their hard work? The ever popular JT lock-in is a sleepover party at the end of the school year for all of the JT's that participate!
Kids On 12th Camps - DETAILS BELOW
Our summer program starts immediately after school ends and continues until the kindergartners start their new school year. With weekly themed activities and swimming indoors and outdoors, the program stays fresh and fun through the whole summer. Camps are available for kids from age 3 to 11 and include swimming at Ridgeway city pool. Some of our all time favorite camp activities are the Franklin Institute and Zoo trips, carousel rides at Franklin Square, talent shows and exploding coke bottles during science week! Kids On 12th was the 2015 Philly Happenings Award winner for Best Summer Camp!
"Thank you for making summer so much fun for my daughters! We've been to many different camps but they said that they feel "at home" with kids on 12th. "Everybody is very friendly and sweet and teacher Julius is very polite"!!! (Their exact words! haha) We love the fact that you have so many different books to read for them too."
Throughout the school year, Kids On 12th offers camp days on almost all of the school closing days including winter and spring break. While you're at work your kids can spend the day with friends playing, taking walks to the park or enjoying sport or art activities. We're here even on snow days! Unless the city is closed, we will be open for snow day camp. Want to make sure? Just email or call in for a phone message early on a snow day to hear if we are open and what time we'll be here.
+++I am excited to announce that Kids on 12th and The Philadelphia Sports Club on 5th and Spruce are partnering to provide swim lessons for both children and adults at their outdoor pool for the swim season. We will have access to their pool for designated hours everyday except Saturday for children and everyday including Saturday mornings for adults. We will continue to provide lessons for both adults and children on Saturdays at Friends Select School. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule lessons or if you have any questions.
We offer small group and private lessons with one of our several life guard certified instructors. Lessons are fun and engaging for the best results. Our goal is not only to teach your child to swim, but to love the water and have a healthy respect for how valuable and dangerous water can be.
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