The Yankton School District offers all day, every day Jr. Kindergarten; however, parents have the option of choosing a half day program if they prefer. Jr. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year. JrK is specifically designed for those students who have spring or summer birthdays. It gives these students an opportunity to learn i
n a developmentally appropriate setting while having the opportunity to engage in a variety of learning activities that keep children moving! YSD also has all day, everyday Kindergarten.
Research shows that an early childhood intervention, such as JrK, develops children with higher self esteem and better confidence. This directly relates to higher student achievement and success. Students who complete a year of JrK enter Kindergarten the next fall much more prepared for school with ample readiness skills to learn the appropriate state standards in reading and math.