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Cadence Academy Preschool, Mount Pleasant was previously known locally as Gateway Academy and is a welcoming 10,000 square foot preschool with eight homelike classrooms. Each classroom is designed to serve the unique needs of a specific age group and features age-appropriate toys, furniture, and equipment. We like to challenge and support the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of our young students through a variety of fun educational activities and by continually updating our preschool learning centers. And, as elementary schools are altering schedules, we are here to serve your needs and the needs of your school-aged children with enhanced programs to help with virtual learning sessions and more.

Our Programs

What Makes Our Childcare Center Unique

  • We provide our parents an app called KidReports, which keeps you updated on your child’s progress throughout the day.
  • Our Director Jacque has been with our school for almost 20 years.
  • 5 of our teachers have been with the school for more than 5 years.
  • Our wonderful cook prepares a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack each day, which is included in our standard tuition.
  • We offer several affordable and amazing enrichment programs such as dance, Soccer Shots, and Stretch-N-Grow.

Ascend Curriculum

Ascend Curriculum LogoOur preschool utilizes the Ascend Curriculum, which takes a balanced approach to intellectual, physical, social-emotional, and creative development. Each month, our teachers work with the children to progressively build sets of skills within a variety of subjects like Mathematics, Science & Sensory, Technology, and Cultural Understanding.

The activities within the Ascend Curriculum can be modified to match the interests and learning styles of our students which allows us to engage, challenge, and support every child in our care. We believe the most impactful way to support the development of academic skills is to give children some control over their own learning process. Our teachers offer children a variety of experimental, playful activities and children are encouraged to select what they want to participate in.

Getting to Our Preschool

Cadence Academy Preschool, Mount Pleasant is conveniently located on the Frontage Street south of Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. Our preschool center is next to Dragoon Drive and many families take that exit to get off Johnnie Dodds. We provide transportation to Mamie Whitesides Elementary School and Jennie Moore Elementary School. James B. Edwards Elementary drops off at our school.

Our Team

Jacque Koger

Jacque Koger

School Director

I have been fortunate to have been blessed with such a fun and rewarding career. I absolutely love working with the teachers, children and families here at Cadence Academy. There is no greater feeling in the world than being a positive influence for the people of community around me. I began working with children immediately after high school and found this to be such a reward that I pursued a degree in early childhood. I began my employment with Cadence Academy in November 1999. I worked as an infant teacher and within two years I moved into a management position and found this as my passion. I truly love to watch the children grow and thrive each day.

As for my family, I live in Summerville with my husband, Greg. Together we have two boys, Shawn and Spencer and three daughters, Ashanti, Arreyon and Amonie. We also have a pet turtle, Timmy, who is fourteen years old and a Chihuahua, Zeus, who is thirteen years old. I am originally from San Antonio, Texas; I came to visit in the winter of 1999 and decided this was my new home. I have loved living in the Charleston area ever since.

I would love to have you join our family at the top preschool in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Please stop in anytime during the week for a visit. See you soon!

Alyson Wiggins

Alyson Wiggins


Ms. Alyson began her employment with Cadence Academy in October of 2009. She has over 15 years of experience in the early childhood field. Ms. Alyson was born in New York and grew up in Downingtown, PA. Her favorite childhood memory was going to summer camp each summer. She enjoys shopping and her favorite food is pasta. Ms. Alyson is married to Adam and they have one fur baby, Hannah. They currently live here in Mt Pleasant and love the community and all the great things Mt Pleasant has to offer to its families. Ms. Alyson is a very loving and nurturing, she looks forward to meeting your family.

Connie Beach

Connie Beach


Ms. Connie began her employment with Cadence Academy in December of 2006. She has over 12 years of experience in the early childhood field. Ms. Connie shares her home with her fiancée and son, Rod’Dreon. She grew up in Georgetown, South Carolina. Ms. Connie’s favorite childhood memory was being the youngest cousin and was able to do whatever she wished. She enjoys spending time with her family and shopping. Ms. Connie looks forward to meeting your little bundle of joy as she is one of the loving and devoted caregivers in our nursery.

Reviews from Parents

4.7 Rating based on 97 Reviews
Mel Carr • Facebook
September 24, 2021
I can’t say enough about how much a love this school! My almost 4 year old loves coming to school, his teachers and “Ms. Yakie!” We feel right at home here and wished we had found cadence sooner!
Annie • Facebook
August 11, 2021
We've had, and continue to have, a great experience at Cadence Academy. The entire staff is extremely friendly and always helpful. My boys (1 & 3) love their teachers, Ms. Leigh & Ms. Kat, and I find comfort knowing they are in such good hands. The daily updates and photos the teachers take the time to share via KidReport are both entertaining and informative. My boys love to go to school and it’s greatly due to nurturing environment Cadence Academy provides. I am so grateful to have found this school!
Diana DeCarlo • Google
July 19, 2021
Cadence Academy has been a wonderful experience as we transitioned to a new area from out of state. The staff is very welcoming and considers your child's adjustment needs well early on! My one year old daughter has progressed beautifully and is learning something new every day!
Beth Brabham Myers • Facebook
June 04, 2021
We love Ms. Connie and Cadence Academy! Being a new mom and trusting someone to snuggle and love on my baby like I do was a challenge. On day 1, I wasn’t even to work and Ms. Connie was already posting pictures of my happy daughter loving her new environment! So thankful for these ladies❤️

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