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Evidence-Based Curriculum Design


Social Emotional Learning


Enrichment Experiences


Preschool Curriculum


Upper School Curriculum


Class Placement, Size, Ratios, Uniforms & Concierge

Evidence-Based Curriculum Design

Social Emotional Learning

Enrichment Experiences

Preschool Curriculum

Upper School Curriculum

Class Placement, Size, Ratios, Uniforms & Concierge


Learning Science Guides Student Engagement, Empowers Educators, and Improves Learning

Partnering with families in an educational private school community to ignite learning, cultivate resilience and embrace joy!

Research in Early Brain Development Informs our School

The Kenworthy School is a high quality preschool and early elementary founded in concert with the advancement of the neurosciences field and learning. The field of education now has relevant information about how young children’s growth and learning evolves in four domains of human development. Educators are beginning to understand the explosive growth and potential of the brain during the first several years of life! The even better news is that Kenworthy has a published curriculum developed based on the important research and supports the goal of using each child’s time wisely!


What you teach me birth to three is what matters most to me! What you teach me three to five will be what makes me grow and thrive!

Additionally The Kenworthy School is reducing the stress of educating both preschool children and early elementary students by continuing accelerated learning opportunities into the early elementary grades with carefully selected curriculum for reading, math, and the humanities including immersion Spanish all supported by appropriately designed assessments that communicate specific progress to students and parents.

An Intentional and Nurturing Environment Ignites Learning

Wow! Researchers (Goleman; Ramey and Ramey; Sousa) believe the environment plays the more substantial role in brain development although brain development is contingent on a complex interplay between genes and the environment. For example a child may be born with musical talent but if that talent is not nurtured, the talent may never fully develop.

Goleman says “Seventy percent of what is given to us genetically is brought to fruition by our environmental experiences.” That’s important stuff as we plan children’s daily activities.

During the first three years of life, a child builds an estimated 1000 trillion synapses through the experiences encountered! Busy brains!

We are aware then, as we plan children’s opportunities, that the richer the environment and the more intentional and purposeful the interactions and experiences, developed around the curriculum, the greater the number of neurological connections children are able to forge. We are hardwiring young brains for learning.

A nurturing environment is also an essential factor in a child’s development. Warm and responsive connections in a safe environment enables healthy social emotional development.

Experiences of young children wire the brain. Repetition strengthens the wiring! The primary task of the brain during early childhood is to connect brain cells (neurons).

Kenworthy invests significant resources annually to advance the professional development of all faculty members both on campus and at annual 7 day Institutes in Florida and Pasadena, Texas. The goal is to better prepare Kenworthy faculty members to use our children’s time wisely in a nurturing and enriched environment

“A young child’s brain is busy wiring the foundation for vision, emotional stability, social interactions, language development, motor development, thinking skills and much more.”

Windows of Opportunity Enhance Learning

Researchers, educators and developmental psychologists remind us of the importance of matching the interest, ability, and developmental age of the child to each opportunity for learning with just the appropriate amount of challenge and excitement. That is when the process as well as the outcome bring joy to the child.
Matching an experience to the Window of Opportunity enhances learning and increases the likelihood that learning is meaningful, “sticks” and can become foundational for future learnings.

The lesson plans for the day are intentional, purposeful and fun grounded in research rather than just another good idea or activity from the internet. In planning activities and daily experiences Kenworthy educators know that the most efficient learning occurs when the experience is age appropriate, has meaning and is related to previous learning. The Frog Street curriculum spirals through the curriculum introducing new skills and concepts while revisiting concepts, vocabulary, skills aligning old information with new, engaging each domain of human development every day for every child!

Window Wiring Opportunity Greatest Enhancement


Impulse Control

0-48 Months

0-14 Months
16-48 Months

4 Years until puberty

4 Years to puberty



0-48 Months

0-12 Months
18-36 Months
24-48 Months


4 Years to puberty


Cause and Effect
Problem Solving

0-48 Months
0-16 Months
16-48 Months
4 Years to puberty
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT 0-24 Months 2 Years to puberty


Early Sounds

0-24 Months
4-8 Months
0-24 Months
2-7 Years
8 Months to puberty
2-5 Years
She Frog

Social Emotional Learning – Conscious Discipline

In the area of social emotional development, research results informs. The Kenworthy School culture, curriculum, parent education and professional development with a research based social emotional skills curriculum that supports our Kenworthy Kids’ development in profound ways. The results of decades of research shows that to be successful in a school/academic (life) setting a child most needs: a willingness to learn, impulse control and attention, all learned qualities. Preparing a preschool child for success in these areas is as, or perhaps more important, than teaching the alphabet, the numerals, the seasons, etc. to a young learner.

Conscious Discipline is a transformational social emotional series of learning opportunities that uses every day life events to cultivate emotional intelligence through self regulation by integrating social emotional learning and discipline. The research based twenty year old neuro-developmental model is embraced in 73 countries and offered in 22 languages.

The Conscious Discipline multidisciplinary approach focuses on internal states first and behavior second and surpasses behavioral approaches that teach specific behaviors. Instead, Conscious Discipline offers neuro-developmental models of the brain as the foundation for understanding Conscious Discipline as a system.

The Kenworthy School culture develops as a Kenworthy School family. The school family is built on a healthy family model – the goal of which is the optimal development of all members! We are all in this together. Every day.

The Seven Skills of Discipline, shown on the left, are the ONLY skills needed to transform everyday behavior issues into teaching moments! Life communication skills are associated with these conscious skills as are values.

The Seven Powers for Conscious Adults focus on self regulation and conscious behaviors for the adults in the school family The key to safety is a conscious, mindful and connected adult. Children are much more likely to cooperate when they feel safe and connected. The seven powers help adults focus on their ability to self regulate and keep children emotionally safe.
The Powers include: Perception, Unity, Attention, Free Will, Acceptance, Love and Intention.

Parent Seminars, Faculty Staff Professional Development and a Professional Development Action Team (PDAT) combine to support the Kenworthy School Family in the important mission of social emotional learning.

At The Kenworthy School we know that what you focus on, you get more of. We focus on the important skills of Conscious Discipline, and deliver opportunities to help children develop these abilities for continued SEL success!

Enrichment Expands Opportunity


The art teacher engages children in daily hands-on experiences with texture, color, paint, clay, and a rich variety of assorted media. Children as early as Beginner 2 touch, test, experience, construct and deconstruct. Hands-on! Children enjoy art based literature, visual arts, individually and in group projects.



Kenworthy Kids Beginner 3 and older enjoy expanded and supplemental skills development in social emotional and cognitive domains and in as many as 3 languages, (American Sign, English & Spanish) everyday using supplemental resources as well as Frog Street curriculum materials.


Kenworthy Kids get moving for fun! A favorite with all Kenworthy Kids, Movement Enrichment opportunities bring organized experiences to each class Beginner 3 and older, every day helping engage and organize the physical domain! The Kenworthy School is well equipped with high quality climbing structures as well as a full compliment of “Gymboree” style climbing and movement equipment. Kenworthy Kids enjoy at least two outside (weather permitting) play opportunities daily on playgrounds equipped with riding toys, balls, toddler swings, and both a high and low scape play structure.



PreK 2,3,4,5 and Kindergarten students enjoy Spanish in increasing time blocks. The experiences supplement the Frog Street Spanish experiences with a lesson custom designed to support the development of bilingual abilities in our Kenworthy Kids. For Kindergarten and elementary students the Muy Bien! curriculum guides children’s Spanish experiences. With several preschool and early elementary years of Spanish our English speaking children can develop significant abilities to communicate in another language.


Music education introduces the joy of music experiences and the cognitive understanding of music to Kenworthy Kids in Beginner 3 classes and older! Music spreads joy, facilitates learning, and is a brain smart activity for our Kenworthy Kids


Frog Street Bilingual Preschool Curriculum

FROG STREET is a comprehensive dual language curriculum designed to meet the needs of diverse learners including G&T , developmentally on pace learners, and those learners who respond well to the gift of time and careful pacing. Frog Street is a state of the art curriculum that provides an organized and intentional bilingual curriculum for children from infancy through 6 years of age leaving nothing to chance in the education of young children.

Research based scope and sequence for literacy, math and content domains.

  • Conscious Discipline (Dr. Becky Bailey) strategies that build a strong social emotional foundation of skills for solving conflicts and managing emotions.
  • Teaching strategies for differentiated instruction, adaptations, multi-sensory experiences.
  • Flexible and easy to use weekly instruction guidance that ensures quality implementation fidelity.
  • Monthly thematic units integrate literacy, math, science social studies, social emotional connection, STEAM, technology, assessment and family engagement as is developmentally appropriate and is supported by best practices in early learning.

FROG STREET Beginners is designed around the latest scientific brain research and includes activities to build strong foundations for the youngest learners. The child centered program includes activities that

Research based scope and sequence for literacy, math and content domains.

  • Equip teachers to nurture the babies in their care
  • Optimizes the windows of opportunity for these youngest learners for growth and development.
  • Are designed with intention and purpose organized around developmental learning domains
  • Features Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline strategies to enhance social emotional development and support positive connection and safety.

FROG STREET Beginner 2 & PreK2 is developed based on the latest scientific brain research and includes easy to use educationally sound resources


  • Activity choices are organized around developmental domains with differentiated instruction options to meet needs of children at all stages of development regardless of chronological age.
  • The program easily adapts to daily routines including diaper changes, potty training, transition times and outdoor play
  • The program easily adapts to daily routines including diaper changes, potty training, transition times and outdoor play
  • Skills gaps are avoided and children grow in knowledge and skills building a solid foundation of vocabulary, social skills, and early childhood learning experiences.
  • PreK 2 Frog Street expands to include Core Knowledge curriculum advanced curriculum experiences for older 2 and 3’s!

Frog Street Bilingual Preschool Curriculum

FROG STREET PRE K3 is developed with the research based information that the cognitive, physical and social skills of most rapidly developing three year olds are significantly different from other ages. Despite these differences three year olds in typical preschools are often combined with younger or older children likely because a curriculum specifically designed for threes is, unfortunately, rare.

Frog Street brings a comprehensive curriculum developed specifically for three year olds that

  • Provides intentional instruction in key areas of development so that children ages 36-50 months can effectively continue on the path to kindergarten readiness
  • Includes well rounded scope of activities that address all developmental domains.
  • Built on intentional instruction that optimizes key windows of opportunity for growth and development presented in unit based lessons for year round learning.
  • Provides abundant key components that include easy to use activities developed around early brain development research
  • Features social and emotional emphasis with skills development around solving problems and identifying emotions based on Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline

FROG STREET PRE K4 is a comprehensive research-based program that integrates instruction across developmental domains and early learning disciplines. The Program is engaging for teachers and children! Topics and projects that appeal to the
increasing curiosity and developing skills and interest of four year olds.

PreK 4 includes:.

  • An extensive integration of theme, disciplines and domains developed specifically for the advancing abilities of four year olds that build a strong foundation for success in Kindergarten.
  • Social and Emotional skills development based on Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline
  • Differentiated Instruction to support advanced, G&T, as well as children who need the gift of time.
  • Periodic Assessment Report of student progress
  • Equity of English and Spanish materials to provide a bilingual Pre K4 learning experience
  • Kenworthy supports developing small motor skills activities introduced in Frog Street with more advanced and comprehensive writing instruction by partnering the Handwriting without Tears instructional equipment and materials to facilitate specific and successful handwriting skills that help students express themselves on paper!

Upper School – Early Elementary

The Kenworthy Upper School is meant for the time we live in; the school, founded by an educator experienced in successful school leadership, provides an educational community that partners with parents challenged by the profound and one-chance-only opportunity to educate their young child(ren) most efficiently, best and successfully.

Parents now as in the past, share stories of frustration and disappointment in their search for the Best educational setting. What would seem best…by reputation, (and expectation) for bright and gifted children isn’t always that in practice, and is not as available as is expected. Gifted capable kindergarten children don’t learn to read on schedule; enrichment programs, when available sound promising and yet sometimes are a bit lack luster. Even elusive G&T programs are sometimes more form than substance.

Often the curriculum is more a list than a map with a destination.

The Kenworthy School provides an alternative that resolves the challenges, confusion, and limitations of school options in the greater Heights and Oak Forrest area!

While The Kenworthy School may not be the perfect option for all families, it is a proven option for those who seek a structured, intentional and successful early elementary school experience with Encore, a G&T option for students.

The Kenworthy School’s successful Kindergarten propels students into the first First Grade experience all parents want for their child.

Parents seeking what is best in established and proven successful educational practices, gifted and talented opportunities, quality before and after programs find these options at The Kenworthy School. Now parents realizing they have only one opportunity to educate their child(ren) have another choice for how educating their child is best accomplished.

An early elementary education at The Kenworthy School provides sophisticated assessment of each child’s progress using both norm referenced and criterion referenced evaluation with attention to TEKS, as well as to progress in skills and knowledge beyond TEKS. TEKS becomes a minimal expectation. The Kenworthy Elementary curriculum continues the elementary opportunities for SEL supported by the seven skills of Conscious Discipline.

The Kenworthy Encore Program offers children, identified as likely to be successful with gifted and talented, opportunities early elementary curriculum with content to challenge development in cognitive, literacy, language, and STEAM areas of academic learning while continuing the elementary version of SEL supported by the seven skills of Conscious Discipline essential to success in academic environments.

The Kenworthy Encore Program offers children, identified as likely to be successful with gifted and talented, opportunities early elementary curriculum with content to challenge development in cognitive, literacy, language, and STEAM areas of academic learning while continuing the elementary version of SEL supported by the seven skills of Conscious Discipline essential to success in academic environments.


  • Small classes
  • Superior Teachers
  • Daily, weekly communication with teachers
  • Available decision makers
  • High Quality Curriculum with proven success
  • Spanish immersion
  • Regular and meaningful assessment
  • Before and After School Enrichment including afternoon time to play out doors.
  • Supervised homework as an option
  • Soccer Shots, Dance, Science Club, Parent Night Out, etc.
  • Enrichment opportunities when public schools generally close: holidays, teacher work days, summer, etc.
  • Food 3+ times daily (included)
  • $1500 Monthly Tuition (all inclusive)
  • $200 Annual Supply Fee covers all books & materials
  • $150 Annual Registration Fee

Core Knowledge Expands Foundational Knowledge

The Core Knowledge curriculum includes learning objectives that place knowledge at the heart of education. The Kenworthy School partners the Core Knowledge curriculum with Frog Street beginning with PreK 2 and into the Upper School classes to extend the broad knowledge children who are successful require for advanced reading comprehension, composition skills, and success in academics.


Specific and Sequenced

  • The Core Knowledge curriculum includes in a clear grade by grade sequence what children need to know as they advance in their educational experience.
  • Most curriculum standards provide general goals and objectives and offer teachers little guidance about the specific knowledge students should learn in each grade

Early Foundational Skills

  • Building strong foundational skills of knowledge early is important for student success.
  • Good schools implement Core Knowledge to help children lay the groundwork for language development and future academic success

Knowledge Based Education

  • Knowledge based education places the emphasis in early education on teaching and learning an enabling core of broadly shared knowledge for young learners. This enabling core of shared knowledge builds strong foundations for later learning.

Cognitive science and what we know about how children learn support the need for knowledge-based education so that

  • Children advance educationally when they have the general and foundational knowledge that equips them for success in typical as well as G&T opportunities
  • Children are better readers as they build knowledge which increases vocabulary and verbal expressive abilities
  • Children succeed in wider range of opportunities and experiences when they acquire the foundational knowledge of literate writers, speakers, researches. This capability tracks through years of educational experiences.
  • The knowledge base supports children’s ability to find pathways to eventually explore and expand learning experiences independently.

Handwriting As A Foundational Skill

Educators at The Kenworthy School recognize the complexity of learning to write and value the importance of acquiring the skill of writing as a foundation for other learnings. Consequently, teachers are intentional as they introduce, pace, and provide experiences in writing.

Handwriting Without Tears is an award-winning handwriting curriculum that offers an integrated print approach to teach pencil grip, letter formation and the literacy skills needed for print (manuscript) handwriting. This curriculum with intentional instruction in letter formation short cuts the inefficiency of students teaching themselves to write, by just drawing letters.

Teachers use the sequences, tools and support of Handwriting Without Tears, another “grandfather” curriculum proven successful after years in the field supported by research and development. Noticing that many schools move away from specific instruction in handwriting, The Kenworthy School begins student experience in forming and recognizing letters as early as PreK2, through activities in Frog Street. At PreK3 these activities continue and expand to include early experiences with HWT. PreK4 students explore Handwriting Without Tears extensively and the curriculum continues into Kindergarten and First Grade!

Children who master handwriting with efficient letter formation and fluency are better, more creative and comfortable writers. The earlier we teach children to master handwriting, the more likely they are to succeed in school and write with speed and ease in all subjects HWT uses fun, engaging and developmentally appropriate instructional methods to enable children to master handwriting as an automatic and comfortable skill as they move beyond “drawing” the letters to fluency in writing letters.

An abundance of materials and learning tools support student advancement in an efficient low error and systematic progression, bringing the learner to the ability to write words focusing on the word not on how to write each letter in the word.

Opportunities to learn the skill of handwriting begin in Beginner 2 and 3 with activities designed to strengthen small motor ability and continue with letter formation in PreK 2, PreK 3, PreK 4 and Kindergarten with intentional and specific instruction and practice in letter recognition and formation.


Ratios and Class Sizes

Kenworthy children are included in a class based on their chronological age as of September 1, and remain with this class until the end of the falling August when the new school year begins, and they all students progress to the next level.

The Kenworthy School makes decisions about grouping children based on an educational model that is a recognized best practice and is in the interest of most children. The Kenworthy School places children according to their chronological age at the beginning of the school year following the best practice of both public and prestigious independent schools and is based on educational research and experience. This educational approach is unusual in child care settings with less educational focus. The Kenworthy School provides research based curriculum that supports developing skills and abilities without a birthday move to the next physical classroom. Activities and experiences are not “locked” at a specific stage, but are dynamic in following all children’s developing skills and abilities. Rather, Kenworthy curriculum meets children where they are, and moves them forward.

This educational model may create stress for parents new to an educational setting for preschool because it is not a typical day care/child care model, and because historically it’s easy to equate moving a child to a “Three Year Old Class” when she turns three as a sign of readiness for that next level perhaps advanced ability or higher intellect, which is usually not an accurate understanding of the actual practice which is generally a ratio (revenue) consideration. Children in the receiving class have been together for a period of time and have completed sequential skills building experiences which the moving child didn’t enjoy.

“As a high quality preschool and early elementary, The Kenworthy School includes teachers who continue to grow and learn, ever gaining new skills and techniques, with an increasing passion for the important mission of nurturing and educating young children. High quality isn’t just ‘how many?’ in the classroom, rather how skilled, knowledgeable, connected and willing to do what is good and right in the education and nurture of young children? Yes! Numbers matter as a part of the total equation!”


Placement, Ratios and Class Sizes

Class Age of Children DFPS Ratio Kenworthy Maximum with 1 Teacher Kenworthy Maximum with 2 Teachers DFPS Max With 2 or More Teachers
Beginner 1 6 Weeks to 11 Months 1:4 4 8 10
Beginner 2 12 to 17 Months 1:5 5 10 13
Beginner 3 18 to 24 Months 1:9 9 14 18
Prek 2 2-3 Years Olds 1:11 11 17 22
Prek 3 3-4 Years Olds 1:15 15 18 30
Prek 4 4-5 Years Olds 1:18 18 18 35
Kindergarten 5 Years Olds 1:22 18 18 35
Elementary All Grades 1:22 18 18 35

Kenworthy School Uniforms!

The benefits and advantages of school uniforms have long been established and advocated. Right here in our Kenworthy School family we enjoy the several benefits of school uniforms last year when Kenworthy Kindergarten students wore uniforms daily!

Informed by that success and with attention to the benefits of, and in response to parent suggestions, The Kenworthy School expands to include an optional school uniform program for PreK 2, PreK 3, and PreK 4.

Students in Primary and PreK who choose to wear The Kenworthy School Uniform are required to wear the shirt and pants, shorts, skorts, etc. components as a uniform.

The Kenworthy School strongly recommends Kenworthy School uniforms for PreK4.

The Kenworthy School requires Kenworthy School Uniform for elementary students beginning in Kindergarten.

Spirit Wear

We celebrate our school family every Friday and on special curriculum-avatar--02 event days by wearing a school Tee shirt. Faculty, staff and Kenworthy Kids unite in support of our school family and “Mighty, Mighty Kenworthy” by wearing a school tee shirt every Friday.


The Kenworthy School Logo over the heart is a required part of the school uniform and adds it to all shirts, dresses, and outer wear.

Official Kenworthy School Uniforms are available at or click here.

Kenworthy School Preferred School Number is 900192980 Required uniform components and discretionary components are indicated on line

Color Selections by Level



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Pre K4


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Kenworthy School Concierge!

Service Fee Description Other Info
Diapers and Wipes $60 per month Kenworthy Bills Parent Account
Haircuts Boys $20
Girls $25
Kenworthy Bills Parent Account 1 Monday each month.
Parent does not need to be present
Parent Night Out Friday Night or Saturday.
Cost varies depends on day
Kenworthy Bills Parent Account Activities, food, maybe a movie
Parent Seminar 1 Time Fee Weekly Conscious Discipline Information & Discussion Begins Late January with child care and snacks.
Soccer Shots Parent Pays Soccer Shots Basic Soccer Skills for 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, & 5’s Parents Arranges with and Pays Soccer Shots
Notary Service No Charge Raven Thomas, Director
Private Music Lesson Varies Weekly Music Lessons Choice of Instrument Parent Arranges with Music Teacher & School Bills Tuition ACH Account
Laundry Service Crib Sheets, Matt Covers, Blankies & Lovies. Clothes too when there is an ooooops! No Charge Individual items are laundered at school daily to mitigate germs etc. Parents Label all clothing, “Lovies,” personal blankies, including socks, with first name and last initial. Please. Items are placed on a laundry loop before they go to laundry. This
helps us get items back to the child!
Purees & Toddler Bites No Charge Complete Infant Care & Feeding Plan Monthly Share allergy and food preference info with classroom teachers.
Kenworthy Faculty offers Child Care when School is closed By Arrangement.
Parents pay faculty member directly
Parent assumes all liability and arranges schedule to coordinate with teacher’s Kenworthy Schedule Parent may request child care via the Director or arrange with individual teachers. Teacher and parent are required to report the arrangement to the Director.
Breakfast, Lunch & Afternoon Snacks No Charge Organic Milk, Purees, Toddler Bites, & Preschool Food. Menus published weekly. No individual outside food. Additional snack food late in afternoon.
tippi-toes-logo--org Cost: $17.50 per class with $40 registration fee. About Tippi Toes® – Tippi Toes® offers exciting, fun and energetic dance classes for boys and girls 18 months – 12 years. We offer Tap, Ballet & Jazz combo classes, Toddler & Me classes and Hip-Hop classes! Parents Arranges with and pays Tippi Toes