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Lakemont Academy

Gitta Cardinal, Center Director

5015 Lakemont Blvd. SE Bellevue WA 98006
(425) 564-8200 Contact this center

Ages: 18 MONTHS to 6 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
NW of Starbucks near 164th Wy SE & Lakemont Blvd SE in Bellevue

Neighborhood:
Exit, off of i90 E (1 mile away)

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cougar Ridge Sunset

At Lakemont Academy our teachers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing excellent care and learning opportunities for the children in our care. Give us a call today to schedule a tour for the opportunity to experience our curriculum and to meet our teachers and center support staff. We look forward to meeting you!

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Welcome

Welcome to beautiful Lakemont Academy! We are dedicated to leading the way in excellence in early childhood education and care.

Gitta Cardinal, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

All Teachers are educated and have degrees. We use the KinderCare curriculum as a base, but all of the classrooms are extremely enhanced on a regular basis.

  • Gitta Cardinal

    Gitta Cardinal, Center Director

    A generous heart, kind speech and a  life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

    Gitta became the Center Director of Lakemont Academy in Feburary 2013. She has been with the company since 1990, working as a Teacher, an Assistant Director and a School Director. Gitta was born in Germany, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family Studies. She has been working for over 25 years in a variety of settings, which include global counselor/teacher. She is inspired by making a difference in each child, parent and teacher's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining our team, Ms. Gitta was a Teacher and an Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    2/23/1990
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family Studies
  • Megan Gardner

    Megan Gardner, Assistant Director

    Megan has been working for Lakemont Academy for nearly two years. She has worked with children in general for over nine years. Megan was born and raised in the Seattle and Bellevue Area. She graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. During her free time she enjoys reading, baking and cooking, playing board games and spending time with friends. A fun fact about Megan is that she owns more than 500 books.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at Lakemont Academy, she held various jobs in the administrative field. She also had experience working with children at a drop-in center, a summer camp and as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    9/21/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology

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About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Safety is our top priority. We pride ourselves on providing a safe environment for all the children in our care. We are a secure facility which requires a keypad code to enter our building and fenced in and age appropriate playgrounds. Additionally, we have a health and safety coordinator at our school that ensures and checks the safety of our school daily.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I want to share the story of my son (my second child) who is graduating from Lakemont's Kindergarten program this summer. We moved him to Lakemont three years ago based on friends' reviews and also close proximity to our home. I have been so amazed by the facility, the teachers, the program and the smiles and hugs my kid receives when he walks into the school. My son who was fluent in Spanish and Hindi, and we were worried about his English. He now reads at the level of a third grader. All homework and daily curriculum is tailored to his individual needs and how he is thriving in that loving environment. I wish this school was up to Elementary years, so the next school choice would have been so much easier. We are going to miss it!

- Mother
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