Kindergarten Camp at PACE

They’re cooooooming! This summer, the Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence (PACE Academy) campus will be taken over by the littlest (and most adorable?) of our learners: incoming kindergarteners!


Two PACE Academy students smile at the top of  playground equipment.

Summer Orientation


As a tuition-free public K-8 charter school in Southfield, Michigan, Pace Academy is always thinking about how we can set our scholars up for success. The first day of school can be overwhelming no matter what your grade. But the first day of kindergarten? Let’s just say there are some big emotions, and not just for the students! With this in mind, we’ve developed a free summer orientation for kindergarteners that eases them into their new academic routine.


PACE Kindergarten Calendar - Dates to Know

Kindergarten Orientation Summer Camp: Half Days July 17-28, 2023 - breakfast & lunch included.


First Day of School: Tuesday, September 5, 2023.


Remember, if your child turns five before December 1, 2023, they are eligible for kindergarten this year.

Putting the FUN in Fundamentals

It can be exciting or intimidating to be in a classroom for the first time. During our kindergarten camp, we introduce classroom basics and leave plenty of time to play, make art, sing songs, read, and run around on the playground. Here are some of the skills we practice:


- following simple directions

- using our listening ears

- waiting our turn

- putting things away


While all this activity is going on, our caring and supportive teachers make assessments and plan how they can best help their new learners. We want every scholar to succeed even if they’re too young to tie their own shoes. (It will happen. Someday.)


All this fun is sure to make stomachs growl for attention so we include breakfast and lunch during this free orientation. And you can bet there will be snacks - how else can you learn subtraction?


At the end of camp, our littlest scholars are given books and a school readiness packet to take home and enjoy for the rest of the summer. They will be ready to join our close-knit school come September 5th!

Headstart on SEL

Social emotional learning (SEL) is just as important as the ABC’s and the 123’s at our engaged K-8 elementary school. Kindergarteners are introduced to key concepts like naming emotions and ways to include other students. Making friends doesn’t have to be hard– especially when you get a headstart at summer camp.


Join our PACE Academy Warrior family where even our littlest learners today are leaders tomorrow. Enrolling now!


About PACE Academy 

Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence (PACE Academy) is a tuition-free public charter school serving kindergarten through eighth grade in Southfield, Michigan. At PACE Academy, we empower our scholars to realize their fullest potential through meaningful educational opportunities. We partner with our families and community in preparing our scholars to become dynamic leaders in the 21st century by celebrating the importance of collaboration and accountability in all we do. Join our growing school, enroll today!