EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM
Eyas [ ahy-uh s ] noun: a soft, downy, unfledged, nestling falcon
Forsyth’s Eyas Program for ages 2–3 is designed to spark curiosity and cultivate a love for learning and school. The name was chosen in honor of the Forsyth School mascot, Freddy Falcon. Eyas prepares children (age 2 by August 1) for academic and social-emotional growth in the pre-primary grades and beyond.
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,” the stand-alone building was fully renovated before the program’s launch in 2020. Through “purposeful play,” children experience language, literacy, math, art, drama, music, science, and Spanish with highly educated teachers.
Adjacent 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 subject areas include Library, Physical Education (beginning in Junior-Kindergarten), Science, Spanish, and Arts Experience with Forsyth’s Art, Drama, and Music teachers. Forsyth’s curriculum is a cohesive continuum across all grade levels, so starting during the early childhood years sets students 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 on that they are part of the larger school community. 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.
Eyas 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 upon developmental readiness.