Summit Board of Education to Implement Full Day, Tuition-Based Kindergarten

Summit, NJ - October 17, 2013 - The Summit Board of Education has passed a resolution to implement a new program of tuition-based Full Day Kindergarten, limited to two classes, to begin in September 2014. The resolution passed with a vote of 5 to 2 during the Board of Education meeting on October 17.

Under this new program, the Board will use existing, available space in the Wilson and Jefferson Primary Centers for two classes of 20 full-day kindergarten students, with space for a third should it be economically feasible. The forty students enrolled in this program will be selected via a lottery system. The tuition for the full-day program will be $5,500 per child, with reduced tuition charged to those who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

There is scholarship money available for families who qualify for free or reduced lunch. If chosen in the lottery, families who believe they qualify should complete a Free and Reduced LunchApplication available at from school office staff and return it to the school secretary. If you quality for free lunch, tuition is $550 per year. If you qualify for reduced lunch, tuition is $1,650 per year.

Costs associated with this program will be offset by the tuition revenue, with any balance covered by the district's yearly operating budget. The universal free, half-day program will still exist. Only those interested in the tuition-based, full-day program should enter the lottery.

“We believe that a full day kindergarten program will benefit all Summit students and community,” said Board President Ms. Gloria M. Ron-Fornes. “We would prefer to offer the program to all students, however this offering can be provided without additional construction costs. We strongly believe in the benefits of early childhood education and are pleased that we can offer this option to the community."

With 75% of New Jersey offering a full day program, this option was brought to the Board of Education as a more affordable alternative to a full day, universal, free kindergarten, which necessitated construction, and was rejected by the Board of School Estimate in May of 2013.  

Information on the lottery for Full Day Kindergarten in Summit is expected in the coming weeks. Details can be found at www.summit.k12.nj.us.


Tours of Primary Centers: January 8th and 9th; Lottery Applications Available November 12th

Summit, NJ - October 25, 2013 - The Summit Board of Education has passed a resolution to implement a tuition-based Full Day Kindergarten program to begin in September 2014.  Under this new program, the Board will use existing, available space in the Wilson and Jefferson Primary Centers for two full-day classes, each with 20 kindergarten students.  The tuition for the full-day program will be $5,500 per child with reduced tuition charged to those who qualify for free or reduced lunch.  The forty students will be chosen via lottery. The lottery application for Full Day Kindergarten will be available online on November 12th. Applications, available in both English and Spanish, are due to Wilson Primary Center on January 21, 2014. The drawing to select the lottery winners will be held at the Board of Education offices on January 22, 2014 at 2:30pm. The public is invited to attend. Those selected will be notified on January 23.

Tours of the Primary Center will take place at 8:45 AM on Wednesday, January 8th at Wilson Primary Center and Thursday, January 9th at Jefferson Primary Center.