Academics

Preschool

Matthew 19:4

Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.'
Christian Academy of Knoxville’s preschool program focuses on the whole child through creative learning spaces. We promote physical activity, play, and arts throughout our day. Research supports that children enrolled in preschool are more likely to have better motor and coordination skills, increased self-esteem, and likely to remain active as they grow older. Children can begin preschool at CAK beginning at age 4 and have options for 3 day, 5 day, or even a Junior K to help prepare them for Kindergarten (or give the blessing of an extra year of growth).

A healthy, made from scratch lunch provided by SAGE Dining is included in your preschooler’s tuition! SAGE believes in locally sourced farm to table food, and they are very aware of food safety protocols and food allergies.

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Preschool Options at CAK

Pre-K (3-day or 5-day option)

For this program, students must be four years old by August 15. You can choose from a 3 day (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) or a 5-day option (Monday - Friday).

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  • CAK’s Pre-K Program Focuses

    • Pre-writing curriculum including letter formation (Zaner-Bloser)
    • Engaging thematic units
    • Developing a strong number sense using interactive learning and manipulatives
    • Building social-emotional intelligence and strong cooperation skills
    • Developing responsive listening skills through stories, music, and directions
    • Developing early literacy skills such as phonemic awareness through pre-reading activities
    • Focus and attention during whole group instruction
    • Enrichment through in-house field trips (Zoo Knoxville), Spanish, Music, Art and physical education

Junior K (5-day only)

Junior K is a mix of older 4 and younger 5-year-old students that serves as a year-long half step between Pre-K and kindergarten. This class follows a similar schedule and format of a regular kindergarten day. Creativity and curiosity are embedded in structured classroom activities.

A unique literacy curriculum introduces students to core kindergarten math, science, and social studies standards. Structured learning through play, projects, and nature the foundation of this class.

Students must be four years old by March 31st. Results of the Gesell Developmental Observation are used in consideration of student placement.

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  • CAK's Junior K Program Focuses

    • OWL Curriculum that incorporates literacy/math circles, and storytime through small group and large group instruction
    • Emphasis on kindergarten readiness
    • Building on mathematical concepts such as classifying, sorting, and number sense
    • Developing and building organizational skills
    • Procedures, routines, and confidence with follow multi-step directions
    • Sustaining attention and focus in a classroom environment
    • Developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills by integrating STEM and in-class field trips
    • Enrichment through in-house field trips (Zoo Knoxville), Spanish, Music, Art and physical education

Extended Care

All preschool classes meet from 8 am - 1 pm with the exception of Wednesdays where classes begin at 9 am (we call this Warrior Wednesdays). We do have flexible extended care options available for our families.

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  • Warrior Wednesday Care

    Wednesdays from 7:30 am - 8:45 am Cost: Complimentary Includes supervised play Location: Warrior Gym Register HERE
  • Preschool Extended Care

    Monday - Friday, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Cost: 3-day option: $1,000 annually 5-day option: $1,700 annually Drop-in (limited to 4x per month): $14 per day Registration fee: $200 annually Register HERE
  • Aftercare

    Monday - Friday, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Cost: $15 per day Registration fee: $100 Register HERE
Knoxville's premier preschool to 12th grade private, college preparatory, Christian school located in Knox County, Tennessee.