General Education Preschool
Neighborhood Preschool Programs - 4 Year Olds
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- 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 - Subject to change based on COVID risk level
ASD preschool programs will begin in a high-risk model, which will consist of supporting learning at home. Children will not attend in-person to start. In-person instruction will potentially begin 10/19. Program times will potentially be 12pm-4pm. Days of attendance TBD.
- 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
- 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 July 24, 2020; Families will be notified beginning July 29, 2020
- Selection for Head Start Collaboration sites is done at a later date, is in collaboration with KCI Head Start and is dependent on eligibility status
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 - Acceptance of Buddy Bears will occur based on the COVID risk level.
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.
(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.
Buddy Bear Program
Subject to change based on COVID risk level
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ASD strives to 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.
A maximum of three Buddy Bears are allocated per classroom. Allocations will be determined by the principal and school team and will be reviewed throughout the school year. The number of Buddy Bear students allocated to each preschool special education class is based on the enrollment and needs of the special education students in each class. Visit www.asdk12.org/preschool for more information.
- Children 4-years-old on or before September 1, 2020 attend 9:45am-1:45pm, Monday-Friday
- Children younger than 4-years-old attend either 9:45am-12:15pm or 1:45pm-4:15pm, Monday-Thursday
- Communication programs (Creekside, Taku, Ravenwood) operate 9:45am-12:15pm or 1:45pm-4:15pm, Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday
- Age Eligibility: Children must be at least 3 years old to apply
- Fee: $200/semester; waived for families qualifying for free/reduced lunch
Transportation is not provided for the Buddy Bear Program.
Application and Selection
In consultation with the school team(s), principals select Buddy Bears based on program and classroom needs, and returning Buddy Bear status. Buddy Bear applicants must complete the Buddy Bear Application. The Ages & Stages (ASQ) Screener is completed when contacted by a school for possible selection.
Buddy Bears must reapply each school year.