Carmel Clay Schools is pleased to offer full time kindergarten at no additional cost beyond book fees. The daily, full day program provides a language-rich, evidence-based experience that is developmentally appropriate and intellectually engaging. The kindergarten curriculum, which is aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards, creates a balanced approach that nurtures individual growth and development, builds a strong foundation of literacy and mathematical understanding, and fosters student social, emotional, and academic growth. The flexibly structured kindergarten day ensures important opportunities for teacher-directed learning, whole and small group interaction and inquiry, individual exploration, and creative pursuits. Since its inception over a decade ago, the district has found that students participating in the full time kindergarten program are well-prepared for the rigors of first grade and enjoy a strong foundation for capable and confident life-long learning.