Small group center rotations are part of our morning routine along with Circle Time and specials.


The early childhood stage is a small window in a child’s life in which we have a singular opportunity to build important and foundational life skills. The Banner School’s pre-kindergarten program aligns with our primary school academic program, preparing students for academic success while instilling a love of learning.

Guided by the Maryland State Standards, our whole-child approach fosters self-confidence and academic competencies in a structured, yet nurturing setting. The opportunities we provide for exploration stimulate a child’s natural inquisitiveness and allow students to forge connections between the world around them and the learning opportunities they receive daily.

Our pre-kindergarten program includes foundational science concepts and mathematical concepts including number knowledge, sequencing, conservation of volume, shapes and attributes, and emergent addition and subtraction. Pre-kindergarten students develop a love of literature through dialogic instruction, an understanding of narrative and informational texts, and essential phonemic awareness and phonics pre-reading skills. Using books as models, our students develop their emergent writing skills to communicate ideas and experiences. Our Pre-K students take Music, Art, and Physical Education with our specialists. 

With small class sizes of 16 students or fewer, our Pre-Kindergarten teachers know each student as a person and as a learner. Banner prides itself on strong parent communication and an integrated community of students, parents, and teachers working together to provide rich opportunities for growing and learning. A Banner School Pre-Kindergartener graduates with a strong sense of self, a love of learning, important social skills, and a strong academic readiness for kindergarten.

Note: The pre-kindergarten program follows Banner’s calendar and is closed for all holidays, teacher work days, vacations, and snow days.