Those who don’t register their children by that time will have to wait until the school offices open again in mid-August, and their kindergartners may be able to participate in the academy only if room is available. As such, parents are urged to register their children as soon as possible. “This is a unique intervention opportunity for us,” Maya said. “We felt it would be a magnificent opportunity to provide to our community, for the cost of bringing our teachers in for 10 days prior to the start of the school year. “We are looking at it as a new experience for us, and we’ll wait to see how it evolves,” Maya added. For more information about the program, contact your local elementary school or the district at (562) 868-8241. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – With very few Little Lake City School District students coming into kindergarten with preschool experience, the beginning of every fall semester inevitably focuses on socialization and behavioral skills rather than academics, officials say. But that probably will change this fall with the implementation of a new Pre-Kindergarten Academy, which will be offered free to incoming kindergartners at all school sites in the two weeks before regular school begins. Assistant Superintendent Martha Maya said the academy has three goals: to introduce students to the daily kindergarten routine, to introduce the standards of school behavior, and to assess each child’s academic areas of strength or weakness. By doing so, Maya said, both students and teachers will be able to make adjustments, assess students and address any behavioral issues before the school year gets under way. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It may only be for two weeks, but some of the children who come into kindergarten now still aren’t ready for school,” said Orr Elementary School kindergarten teacher Margaret Gomez. “Some have attachment issues because it’s a different setting for them,” Gomez added. “We end up spending a lot of time showing them how to line up, how to sit on the carpet, that kind of thing. “But if we had kids coming in who already had all that information, it would be much easier to start the school year and focus on academics rather than socialization.” The academy is scheduled to begin Aug. 21, running from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday until Aug. 31, Maya said. The fall semester begins Sept. 6. Parents will receive information about the academy when they register their children for kindergarten before June 30, which is the last day elementary school offices are open before the summer break.