• Anchorage School District

    General Education Preschool



    **Check back February 1st for the 2020-2021 Application**




    Anchorage School District

    Neighborhood Preschool Programs – 4 Year Olds




    • Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2020
    • Preference will be given to families that live in the school zone of the program they are applying for1
      • Proof of residency is required at the time of registration (not required for families experiencing homelessness)
    • Balance of gender by classroom, whenever possible


    Program Schedule

    • Four-year-old programs operate Monday-Friday, 9:45am-1:45pm
    • King Tech operates Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-1:30pm
    • All programs follow the ASD district calendar


    Program Selection

    • First round of selection will take place March 20, 2020; Families will be notified beginning March 27, 2020
    • Second round of selection will take place in July (date TBA)


    Special Education Preschool

    ASD offers preschool programs and services for children experiencing developmental delays and other disabilities. Children are placed into regional programs by an Individual Education Plan (IEP) team. These programs include Developmental, Communication, Listening & Spoken Language, and the Alaska State School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing classrooms. If you are concerned about your child’s development, please contact Early Intervention Services at 742-2657 or visit www.asdk12.org/preschool/earlyintervention. Families do not need to fill out a preschool application for special education regional classrooms, but are welcome to apply for any general education preschool programs.


    Buddy Bear Program

    Buddy Bears are typically developing preschool students that attend preschool in a special education preschool classroom and provide opportunities for preschool students with disabilities to interact and be educated with typically-developing peers. The Buddy Bear model is not intended to provide early childhood education for typically-developing children; it is designed to support the development of young children who are identified as developmentally-delayed or disabled. Visit www.asdk12.org/preschool to apply.


    General Education Preschool

    General Education preschool programs help young children learn the skills and knowledge needed to enter kindergarten. Eligibility/selection information for each program is described below. Transportation may be available at some locations. Visit www.asdk12.org/preschool/gened to apply.


    Title I Programs

    (Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, Chester Valley, Fairview, Lake Otis, Mountain View, North Star, Russian Jack, Tyson, Williwaw)

    Applicants are selected based on at-risk factors, including, but not limited to:

    • Child in Transition (CIT)/homelessness
    • Special Education needs
    • Dual Language needs
    • Unstable/transient housing
    • Hardships or crises
    • Developmental concerns


    Kids’ Corps, Inc. Head Start Collaborative Programs

    (Airport Heights, Creekside Park, Gladys Wood, Willow Crest)

    Applicants must be eligible for Head Start. At-risk factors are considered in selection.


    Fee-Based Programs

    (King Tech High School)

    All children are selected based at random after application. Fee is $500/semester.


    Migrant Education Programs

    (Abbott Loop, Denali)

    Applicants must be Migrant eligible. At-risk factors are considered in selection.


    Blended Preschool Programs

    (College Gate, Susitna, Tudor, Trailside, Turnagain, Ursa Minor2)

    Five spaces will be reserved for children with Individual Education Plans (IEPs). All children are selected at random after application. Special education services and related services will be provided in an inclusive preschool setting.


    1ANCCS and King Tech do not have a neighborhood school zone.

    Ursa Minor will accept applicants from the Ursa Minor and Ursa Major school zones.