• General Education Preschool

    4 Year Olds

    2021-2022

     To apply, click the link below:

    2021-2022 General Education Preschool Application

     

    Scroll down for information on the Buddy Bear program. 

     

    Eligibility

    • Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2021
    • Preference will be given to families that live in the school zone of the program they are applying for
      • ANCCS and King Tech do not have a neighborhood school zone
      • Ursa Minor will accept applicants from the Ursa Minor and Ursa Major school zones
    • KCI Head Start Collaborative programs require families to meet Head Start income eligibility requirements
    • Eagle River Elementary applicants must meet income guidelines for free/reduced lunch; applicants will be accepted from the Eagle River/Chugiak areas
    • Migrant Education programs require families to be eligible for migrant education services
    • Proof of residency is required at the time of registration (not required for families experiencing homelessness)
    • Balance of gender by classroom, whenever possible

     

    COMING SOON: Programs will be opening later this fall/early winter at Northwood, Nunaka Valley, Ptarmigan, and Wonder Park.

     

    Program Schedule

    • Programs operate 11:30am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday
    • King Tech operates 8:30am-1:30pm, Monday-Thursday
    • All programs follow the ASD district calendar

     

    Program Selection

    • First round of selection will take place March 19, 2021; Families will be notified beginning March 26, 2021
    • Second round of selection will take place July 24, 2021; Families will be notified beginning July 29, 2021
    • Acceptance after the selection dates will depend on available spots in each classroom.
    • Review selection information below

     

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    Program Information

     

    Please read all information carefully to determine which program(s) you would like to apply for. A separate application is needed if applying for multiple programs.

     

    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. 

     

    Neighborhood/Title I Programs 

    (Airport Heights, Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, Chester Valley, Eagle River Elementary, Fairview, Lake Otis, Mountain View, North Star, Northwood, Nunaka Valley, Ptarmigan,  Russian Jack, William Tyson, Williwaw, Wonder Park)

    • Preference in selection is given to families that live in the school zones of where the programs are located. Due to limited space, spots for out-of-zone families are not typically available.
      • Eagle River Elementary applicants must meet income eligibility guidelines for free/reduced lunch; applicants will be accepted from the Eagle River/Chugiak area
    • Selection is based on families experiencing hardships and/or 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
    • Transportation is not currently available for general education preschool programs.

    Kids' Corps, Inc. Head Start Collaborative Programs

    (Creekside Park, Gladys Wood, North Star, Willow Crest)

    • Families must meet Head Start income eligibility requirements (more info www.kcialaska.org)
    • Preference is given to families that are income eligible and live in the school zones of where the programs are located
    • At-risk factors are considered in selection
    • Transportation is not currently available for general education preschool programs.

    Migrant Education Programs 

    (Abbott Loop, Denali, Ocean View)

    • Families must meet Migrant Education eligibility requirements (more info 742-4275)
    • At-risk factors are considered in selection
    • Transportation is not currently available for general education preschool programs.

     

    Career Technical Education Collaboration

    (King Tech)

    • Fee-based program: $500/semester
    • Selection is at-random of those that apply by the selection dates
    • Transportation is not currently available for general education preschool programs.
    • High school students taking courses in Early Childhood Education work with the preschool students under direct supervision of the Preschool teacher

     

    Blended Programs

    (Chinook, College Gate, Susitna, Trailside, Turnagain, Ursa Minor)

    • Inclusive classrooms: Five spaces will be reserved for children with Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
    • Preference in selection is given to families that live in the school zones of where the programs are located. Due to limited space, spots for out-of-zone families are not typically available.
    • Selection is at-random of those that apply by the selection dates and live within the neighborhood school zones
    • Transportation is not currently available for general education preschool programs.

     

    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

    (Various Locations)

    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. Scroll down to apply.

     

     

  •  Buddy Bear Program

    Subject to change based on COVID risk level

    To apply, click the link below:

     

    Considerations Before Applying

    ASD strives to provide opportunities for preschool students with disabilities to interact and learn 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.

     

    Program Information

    • Children 4-years-old on or before September 1, 2021 attend 11:30am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday
    • Children younger than 4-years-old on or before September 1, 2021 attend either 8:15-10:45am or 12:15pm-2:45pm, Monday-Thursday
    • Communication programs (Creekside, Taku, Ravenwood) operate 8:15-10:45am or 12:15pm-2:45pm, 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 by the family when contacted by a school for possible selection. Families are contacted for screening by the school directly if/when a Buddy Bear spot is available.

     

    Buddy Bears must reapply each school year.