Beginning this month, the preschool program at is changing how it selects its peer model students.
Typical peer models (non-disabled students) will now be selected through a lottery process, according to a press release. The preschool is mainly for disabled students, but allows a certain number of non-disabled students each year.
Parents of eligible students must complete and submit an application in person before Feb. 15. A lottery will take place before the end of February and all applicants will then be put on a waiting list in the order of selection.
The first 16 applicants will be notified the first week in March. A $50 deposit, which will be applied toward the preschool tuition, must be submitted with enrollment paperwork to secure a place in the preschool for the coming school year.
At a board meeting in December, administrators said they were changing the process because it was becoming unfair. Parents would put their child's name on the waiting list when the child was born, causing the list to fill up fast. If a family moved to the community, they were unable to put their child's name on the list.
Families of typically developing children must apply each year (January through February 15), to be included in the lottery for the upcoming school year.
To be eligible as a typical peer, children must:
- Be at least three years old by Aug. 1 of that year,
- Be potty trained by the first day of school,
- Speak English as their primary language of communication,
- Not have an identified disability that would qualify them as a student with special needs.
Multiples (twins or triplets) will be considered together when applying as non-disabled students, however, only two children per family may attend as peer models at the same time.
If a student is identified as a preschooler with a disability, their twin may attend as a peer if there are openings at the time of identification.
If you have additional questions regarding the preschool program, call at 330-486-2030.