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Primary Centers

Welcome to the Primary Centers

"Inspiring all to develop a growth mindset and the joy of learning in a creative, safe, and inclusive environment. “

Dedicated to the education of our youngest learners, the Primary Centers at Jefferson and Wilson were established in 2008. Welcoming approximately 300+ students ages 3 to 6 in diverse settings, the Primary Centers provide nearly identical programs in two environments. Programs include full-day (Wilson only) and half-day preschool comprised of special and general education students. Full-Day Kindergarten programs are offered and supported by self-contained special education classroom settings.

The Primary Center faculty is a highly educated, dedicated group of early childhood educators. Additional instructional support is provided by qualified paraprofessionals in each classroom. Teachers implement rich, standards-based curriculum and developmentally respectful learning opportunities including Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop, Balanced Literacy, GO Math, STEM/STEAM science and social studies exploration based lessons. Play is also an important component of our daily schedule and supports the social, emotional and behavioral development of our students.

Supporting the emerging skills of our learners extends beyond traditional academics and requires planning for authentic opportunities for students to engage in collaborative, problem-solving explorations. These lessons require learners to communicate effectively, engage both independently and with others, and experience error to build capacity for stick-to-it-tiveness and grit. Students are presented with problems and materials to build sustained, independent, focused attention to identify a problem, explore solutions and reach collaborative conclusions. These are components of our early childhood classrooms and Primary Center community.

Social, emotional and behavioral milestones are as important as academic skills in early childhood education. These are supported through the establishment of a classroom and school community with developmentally appropriate behavioral expectations. These expectations include respect for self, respect for others and respect for our school, and are supported by a single, simple overarching theme - treat others as you would like to be treated.

Primary Center faculty, staff and administration are here to support your child as they begin their educational journey in the Summit Public Schools. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. Welcome!



Principal - Ms. Pamela A. Southard

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District Arrival/Dismissal Schedule

Below is the DISTRICT arrival and dismissal schedule. Please go to your primary center webpage for specific program/class information.





Kindergarten 8:30 – 3:15 (Drop-off Walker 8:10 & Driver 8:15-8:25…Pick-up 3:15)

Elementary School 8:15 – 3:00

Middle School 7:55 – 2:45

High School 7:45 – 2:49


Kindergarten 8:30 – 12:00 (Drop-off Walker 8:10 & Driver 8:15 – 8:25…..Pick-up 12:00)

Elementary School 8:15 – 12:30

Middle School 7:55 – 12:15

High School 7:45 – 12:06

  • DELAYED OPENING (weather or other emergency-related late opening)

Kindergarten 10:15 – 3:15 (Drop-off 10:00 – 10:10*…..Pick-up 3:15)

Elementary School 10:15 – 3:00

Middle School 9:55 – 2:45

High School 9:45 – 2:49

  • If you have an elementary student, please drop off your kindergarten student at 10:00 AM and proceed to the elementary school for the 10:15 AM drop-off.
  • EMERGENCY EARLY DISMISSAL (weather or other emergency-related closing)

Pre-School (AM) 11:30 Dismissal               No Pre-School (PM)

Pre-School (Full Day) 11:30 Dismissal

Kindergarten 12:00 Dismissal

Elementary School 12:30 Dismissal

Middle School 12:15 Dismissal

High School 12:06 Dismissal

  • If you are the parent/guardian of a child who is bused and plan to pick up your child at the school and do not want him/her on the bus, you must call the school as soon as you receive notification of an Emergency Early Dismissal.



Half-Day Pre-School Program

AM Program, Monday – Friday     PM Program, Monday - Friday.

Drop-off 8:50 – 9:00                      Drop-off 12:20 – 12:30

Instruction 9:00 – 11:30                  Instruction 12:30 – 3:00

Pick-up 11:30                                    Pick-up 3:00

Full-Day Pre-School Program

Monday – Thursday                      Friday

Drop-off 8:50 – 9:00                      Drop-off 8:50 – 9:00

Instruction 9:00 – 3:00                  Instruction 9:00 – 11:30

Pick-up 3:00                                   Pick-up 11:30


What Delayed Openings Mean for Half-Day Pre-school:

Please note that in the event of a delayed opening, the AM pre-school classes will be cancelled. The PM pre-school classes follow a regular schedule.

What Delayed Openings Mean for Full-Day Pre-school:

The preschoolers in the full day program at Wilson Primary Center will come in at 10:15 AM and dismiss at 3:00 PM (Monday – Thursday only.) If a delayed opening occurs on a Friday, classes are cancelled.


What Single Sessions Mean for Half-Day Preschool:

On days listed as “single session” the half-day morning pre-school schedule is as follows:

9:00 AM – 10:40 AM

On days listed as “single session” the half-day afternoon preschool schedule is as follows:

10:45 AM – 12:25 PM

What Single Sessions Mean for Full-Day Preschool:

On days listed as “single session”:

  • If a Single Session falls Monday – Thursday, the full-day preschoolers attend class 9:00 AM – 12:25 PM
  • If a Single Session falls on Friday, the full-day preschoolers attend class
  • 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM



Please see the attached presentation from the Kindergarten Parent Orientation that was held on April 25, 2019.


Please see the attached presentation from the Kindergarten Parent Orientation on April 24, 2019.

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