COSTA MESA — Back in the day, kindergarten was about taking naps, eating snacks and learning the difference between the boy's and girl's restrooms.
At Mariners Christian School in Costa Mesa, students have the option of attending class for more than six hours. There, they learn not only the alphabet and the fundamentals that will prepare them for the first grade, but also how to log onto computers and perform other tasks that even a generation ago went untaught.
It's called All-Day kindergarten, and begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.
Principal Sue Celek said she couldn't be prouder of her kindergarten classes and that parents have the option of either enrolling their children in the all-day class or, if they feel it's too long, they can always opt for 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuition is $7,273 for the two-thirds day, and $7,626 for the full day.