EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM
Eyas [ ahy-uh s ] noun:
a soft and downy unfledged, nestling falcon
Now in its second year, Forsyth’s Eyas Program for ages 2–3 is designed to spark curiosity and cultivate a love for learning and school. Eyas prepares children (age 2 by August 1) for academic and social-emotional growth in the pre-primary grades and beyond.
An expansion of Forsyth’s established challenge curriculum for age 3 through Grade 6, Eyas is so much more than traditional daycare. Through “purposeful play,” children experience concepts of math, language, literacy, art, music, and science under highly educated teachers.
Eyas is housed in a dedicated program space located in the heart of Forsyth’s one-of-a-kind campus, with easy access to the Fillmore Playground and Butterfly Garden. Nicknamed the “Falcon’s Nest” in honor of the Forsyth School mascot, the former stand-alone Science Center was fully renovated during the summer of 2020 in preparation for the program’s launch.
Catty-corner to the Falcon’s Nest is Fillmore House, home to Pre-Kindergarten (age 3 by August 1) and Junior-Kindergarten (age 4 by August 1). The Fillmore faculty is a dynamic group of passionate educators. Specialist classes include Library, Movement & Music, Physical Education (beginning in Junior-Kindergarten), Science, Spanish, and Yoga. Forsyth’s curriculum is a cohesive continuum across all grade levels, so starting in Eyas, Pre-Kindergarten, or Junior-Kindergarten sets children up for success in the primary grades.
The Falcon’s Nest and Fillmore House are set apart from the rest of campus, with their own playgrounds and gardens—but Forsyth’s youngest students learn very early that they are part of the larger school community. Eyas, Pre-Kindergarten, and Junior-Kindergarten regularly walk across campus to visit the Library and Rand Center Gymnasium, spend time with their “Big Friends” in Grades 5 and 6, and attend some assemblies, plays, and academic events.
The Eyas Program follows Forsyth’s school year calendar; children are eligible for Forsyth Summer Discovery beginning at age 3.
Forsyth School follows the State of Missouri’s age cut-off (August 1) as a general guideline; however, applicant placement depends on developmental readiness.