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What are the hours of operation?

SciTech STEM Discovery Academy is open from 7am until 6pm. The academic day is from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm.

Can I pick my child up early or arrive late?

You are welcome to pick your child up early, but to the benefit of our program, regular attendance is required. Late arrivals are disruptive and should be avoided.

What is your educational philosophy?

We aspire to be a remarkable and unique preschool and kindergarten of academic excellence. It is our priority to make SciTech STEM Discovery Academy a unique learning experience through our innovative programming. This includes a challenging curriculum, creative and engaging teaching strategies, incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programming with emphasis on the development and growth of the whole child. SciTech STEM Discovery Academy students will be supported by dedicated, professionally trained teachers who encourage creativity, promote discovery, and support individual learning styles. We are passionate about providing a dynamic and effective institution in a safe, nurturing environment.

What age groups can attend the Academy?

Our preschool is for three, four and five year olds. Our kindergarten program is for children who are 5 by September 1st!

Are meals provided?

A hot lunch and two snacks are provided by our caterer Gourmet Gorilla. The food is healthy, organic, locally grown, peanut and tree nut free, freshly prepared and delicious. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are both available. Please see http://www.gourmetgorilla.com/ for more information including sample menus.

Is there a uniform requirement?

Yes. SciTech STEM Discovery Academy uniforms will be available.

What is the tuition?

Please email academy@scitechmuseum.org for information regarding tuition and your personal tour of the SciTech STEM Discovery Academy.

Is there a part-time enrollment option?

Yes, we have options available for 5 day part time, am or pm, email: academy@scitechmuseum.org, for information regarding part-time tuition.

Kindergarten is 5 days and has a 1/2 day or full day program available.

What are the teachers’ qualifications?

The requirements to work at SciTech STEM Discovery Academy far exceed DCFS regulations. Our teachers all hold Illinois State teaching certificates, which requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Our Head of School and Assistant Head of School both have a graduate education and certifications.

What is the teacher-student ratio?

DCFS requires a teacher-student ratio of one to ten for a classroom of three, four and five year olds. Our teacher-student ratio is one to six for the academic day.

How will you ensure the safety and security of the children in the museum environment?

The preschool and kindergarten has its own entrance with a pass code and touch screen entry. The rooms are separate from the rest of the museum and contain a private bathroom.

Do you offer any special programs?

The students will have weekly music classes. American Sign Language and weekly Spanish lessons are taught by professional instructors. These classes are included in the regular tuition, with no additional charge.

Is there a discount for a second child in my family to attend?

There is a 5% discount for a second child enrolled in the preschool or kindergarten.

Will other members of my family be able to visit the museum?

An annual family membership to SciTech Museum is included in your child’s tuition!

 

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