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The Kindergarten program is integrated within the Children's House. Typically, in the third year of the 3-year Children’s House Program, the five-year-olds (and young 6-year-olds) move into the role of “oldest students” in their mixed-age Children’s House classroom for the first half of the school day. In the afternoon, they are in a dedicated Kindergarten classroom. Afternoons are an essential part of the Kindergarten program. Each afternoon, kindergarteners meet together to work intensely on long-term multidisciplinary projects that emphasize collaboration, cooperation, and synthesizing knowledge. This work empowers students to develop a strong sense of self and see themselves as serious learners who want to make contributions to their school community. There are distinct advantages to this kindergarten model. Children who complete the Children’s House program have a strong sense of themselves as serious learners, good friends, positive role models, and members of their school community.