Exposing children to early learning

    District Five’s exceptional 4K programs are available to every family in the district! Help your 4-year-old EXCEL and be ready for kindergarten by enrolling them in the Lexington-Richland School District Five Tuition-based 4K Program.


     Location:  Irmo Elementary School

    • Certified teachers
    • Standards-based curriculumEXCEL Logo
    • Ability-based instruction
    • After school programs
    • Safe, nurturing environment
    • All the benefits of being in a District Five school
    • Special area classes: Spanish, music, art, computer courses and more!


    For more information on the program, contact:

    Irmo Elementary at 803-476-4200


District Five's 4K EXCEL Program



    EXCEL student laying dirt down to help cover up a newly planted tree What is District Five's EXCEL 4K Program and what are the advantages?

    EXCEL (Exposing Children to Early Learning) is a tuition-based pre-kindergarten program for students living inside the school district boundaries. Four-year-olds will participate in developmentally appropriate, structured learning activities including mathematics, reading, social studies and science. Art, Foreign Language, PE and other special area courses also are included in the program. 

    Can any family in District Five participate? 

    YES! Our Tuition 4K program is open to any family living in District Five! Students will attend Irmo Elementary!

    What's the cost of the program? 

    Tuition is $6,660 for the school year and may be broken into payments of $185.00 weekly; $370.00 bi-weekly or $740.00 monthly (August, 2022 to May 2023). Contact the school for information about their after-school programs.

    What are the hours for the program? 

    The EXCEL instructional day will begin daily at 7:50 a.m. Parents will have the option of early drop off beginning at 7:15 a.m.  The academic school day will end at 2:40 p.m., but parents have the option to have children participate in after-school programs which provide care until 6 p.m. daily.

    Does the EXCEL program follow the District Five school calendar? 

    Yes! EXCEL follows the Lexington-Richland Five calendar. Child care on most non-school weekdays will be offered through Afternoon Safari at IES for an additional fee.

    How do I enroll my child?

    In order to enroll children in EXCEL, parents should bring three proofs of legal residency; the child’s birth certificate, South Carolina Certificate of Two EXCEL students posing for a picture Immunization and a non-refundable registration fee of $185 to Irmo Elementary between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to the first twenty children. All additional children will be placed on a waiting list for the class.