Early Childhood Program
An Early Childhood Program is available for district staff members and Pike community families at the Nathaniel Jones Early Learning Center (NJELC). The program uses developmentally appropriate curriculum and instructional practices based on the Indiana Department of Education Early Learning Foundations. Implementation of the curriculum will promote the intellectual, social, emotional, artistic, and physical growth of children; in an engaging, challenging, culturally responsive and language rich environment for children, ages 3-5.
The Early Childhood Program operates on the school calendar schedule and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on instructional and teacher record days. Each classroom is comprised of 20 children, with a 1:10 adult to student ratio. Openings are filled on first-come- first-served basis. Program participants must be 3 years of age by August 1 of the current school year.
Please visit the Nathaniel Jones Early Learning Center website for more information at https://www.pike.k12.in.us/EarlyChildhoodProgram/home or call (317) 388-7842 to obtain additional information.
The Nathaniel Jones Early Learning Center also serves students ages 3 through 5 who have been identified with special needs and would benefit from early intervention. Services are determined on an individual basis following an assessment and a case conference to determine eligibility according to state and federal guidelines. The continuum of service includes speech-only therapy to a more intensive developmental Early Childhood Developmental Program.
Early Childhood Developmental classes are 2 ½ hours a day, up to 5 days per week. Therapies are integrated into the program by therapists and classroom teachers. In addition, each class has instructional assistants supporting the needs of the students. Typically developing students participate in the classes as “peer friends” to provide a positive role model for language, pre-academics and behavior.
The early childhood staff is committed to creating a warm, nurturing environment where each child may grow, learn and develop to his or her full potential.
Kindergarten occupies its own unique position in a child’s school experience as the cornerstone on which their educational foundation stands. For many youngsters, it is their first opportunity for consistent and constructive exploration outside of the home. In addition, it’s their chance to develop habits of creative expression, social cooperation and academic application. The Pike Township Schools Kindergarten Program is no exception. Pike Township provides a Full Day Kindergarten program for all students of legal settlement. The Kindergarten experience provides curriculum through units of study guided by the Indiana Academic Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Science and social studies are integrated throughout the day using an inquiry approach. Each component of the day is connected and allows for our young learners to develop and grow a passion for learning. Kindergarten teachers want students to see themselves as capable and competent learners that use an inquisitive stance to ask questions, make connections and seek answers as well as using creativity, imagination, play, reading, and writing as avenues for making meaning in their lives.
In accordance to Indiana Code 20-33-2-7, each child of legal settlement shall be eligible for Kindergarten providing that s/he has attained the age of five (5) on or before August 1st. This requirement shall also apply to children who transfer into the School Corporation and who may have attended private or public kindergarten in another locality. Students who will be five (5) on or before September 1 are eligible for early entrance. Parents must complete an Early Entrance Appeal Waiver form prior to enrollment. Students that do not meet these age requirements are not eligible for enrollment in Pike Township. Parents must provide a valid birth certificate and proof of residency to their home school to complete the enrollment process.
A child should have attained the age of six (6) years on or before August 1st or completed a state accredited kindergarten to be eligible to enter first grade. Although it is not required, the Board strongly recommends that a child has attended a bona fide kindergarten program before entering first grade.
All Pike Township Schools host a Round Up for incoming Kindergarten students in early spring. When a specific date for the Kindergarten Round Up or enrollment opportunity for the upcoming school year is determined, information will be posted on this website, included on district signs, published in The Indianapolis Star, and found in our school newsletters.
In the meantime, please find the answers to frequently asked questions below:
Who Should Attend? ~ Pike Township Residents wishing to enroll their child into Kindergarten for the upcoming school year should attend this round up opportunity.
What Should They Bring? ~ Proof of residency; which consists of a mortgage statement or lease, one current utility bill (gas, water, or electric only) in the parent/guardian’s name, current driver’s license or Indiana ID card with current address, proof of custody (if applicable), child’s birth certificate and immunization records.
What are the requirements? ~ Families must reside in Pike Township at the time of enrollment. Students must be enrolled by parent or legal guardian. Children are eligible for kindergarten if they turn 5 by August 1.
Where? ~ Kindergarten Round Up takes place at the traditional calendar school assigned to your home address, unless you have applied for and accepted an invitation to the Balanced calendar school.
Questions? ~ Call 317-293-0393 to find out which school is designated to your area or click here and click on school/transportation search.
Lottery-Based School Information - Admission into Pike Township's “Choice” School Program is determined by random selection in an application based lottery process. When the application availability date is determined, that information is posted on this website and included in our school newsletters. Applications will be available for pick up in all Pike Township elementary and middle schools, and available to download www.pike.k12.in.us.
We review student enrollment numbers daily and lotteries are held throughout the school year as warranted. Although lottery-based school applications do expire at the end of each school year, your child's application will remain on file and be considered throughout the entire year for which you have applied. If at any time, your child is randomly selected via our lottery, you will be contacted by mail or phone with an invitation which you will have the opportunity of accepting or rejecting at that time.
The lottery-based school your child is eligible to attend is determined by your home address. Every residence within Pike Township has one traditional school assignment and one corresponding lottery-based school option for which they may apply.
Please contact one of the Pike Township Schools designated to your home address for additional information regarding our Lottery-Based School Program and admission process.
Elementary students are exposed to a vast array of exciting and challenging learning experiences in grades kindergarten through five. Core subjects are integrated into themes that connect the student learning, making it meaningful and relevant to real life experiences. Evidence-based curriculum and instruction ensures that students become confident and independent readers and writers. Access to school libraries guarantee books in the hands of all children and build a foundation for life-long readers. Libraries also support literacy instruction, teach research skills and offer student inquiry studies. Pike students are provided rigorous and engaging curriculum in mathematics. Instruction in Mathematics provides vital content and skills for lifelong learning and problem solving in our increasingly complex technological world and engages students in the essential thinking skills and processes used across subject areas. Also woven into their academic studies, students enjoy a tapestry of art, music, technology and physical education. These learning experiences help build strong character during the elementary school years. Team building, collaboration, experiments, hands-on activities, and engaging study trips provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills in real-life settings. Another strong component of the elementary school program includes a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities, which help students continue their learning journey and to hone life skills that ensure success. In elementary schools, students develop a strong academic and social-emotional base upon which future growth is built and enhanced at the middle school level.