Programs for Preschool
Grande Prairie Public School District offers
three preschool programs to better meet – or to support the needs of our students and their families.
See our trifold brochure for more information -
Options for Preschool Brochure
Learn a second language through fun, exploration and
discovery. Our gentle-approach to language acquisition, offered in the
school setting of École Montrose is the perfect opportunity for your 3
and 4 year old to learn and grow. Staff are fully bilingual and ready to
support your child’s development. Students in this program have access to
all school facilities. Exploratory fieldtrips are part of
- Three hour program offered two morning or two afternoons a week either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday
- This preschool program operates at École Montrose
- Morning programs run from 8:25 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. and afternoon programs run from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Cost of the program is $150 per month
Under the guidance of a certified Early Learning Instructor, children develop an understanding of basic French vocabulary. Class sizes are supported by a teacher assistant
and one-on-one interaction optimizes this fun learning
experience. Parents may also actively participate in
organized learning workshops, or as volunteers allowing them to share
the French learning experience with their child.
with École Montrose staff and students facilitates the child's
entry to kindergarten and the school experience.
- be 3 years old by September 1st
- be potty trained.
dei Bambini (Montessori Preschool)
Grande Prairie Public School District is pleased to offer the Montessori Casa
dei Bambini (Preschool and Kindergarten) and Elementary Montessori Program
(Grades 1 to 5) our Montessori School - Parkside Montessori.
What is Montessori?
by Italian educator, Maria Montessori, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Montessori method is
characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activities on the part of the
child. It stresses the importance of adapting the child’s learning environment
to his or her developmental level. The Montessori Method is:
- Hands-on with tactile materials
- A process of exploration and discovery
- Focused on nurturing a natural curiosity and love of learning in a social environment
Montessori’s observations of children led her to design a number of
multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials that facilitate the
learning of new skills.
- Mornings 8:40-11:40
- Afternoon 12:05 - 3:05
dei Bambini is for children 3 to 5 years old. Children must be three years old
as of September 1st of the year of enrollment. Children must have
self-sufficient toileting skills.
is a $50 non-refundable registration deposit required. Sessions are $32/each
with a minimum of 2 sessions per week.
here to visit the
Parkside Montessori Website.
Inclusive Education Preschool Opportunites for Students with Special Needs
by certified teachers, the Grande Prairie Public School Districts’ Inclusive Education Preschool Programs are half day, Monday to Friday, language rich, play-based programs for
children with mild to severe special needs (Program Unit Funded – PUF). Our
programs provide developmentally-appropriate learning experiences, activities
and opportunities to build a strong foundation for learning success.
Certified Teachers work with educational assistants and a multi disciplinary team made up of therapist and psychologists to support our students learning needs. Individual Program Plans are developed in
collaboration with parents. Limited spaces are available for community children, as Partners in Play,
who are typically developing and strong language role models.
Prairie Public School District also offers Family Oriented Programming for
parents to enhance their child’s educational experience and to strength the
relationship between school and home.
See our trifold brochure for more information -
Inclusive Education Preschool Brochure
Partners in Play Opportunites for Students in our Inclusive Education Preschools
Grande Prairie Public School District Preschool Programs are designed to provide educational services for children with delays and disabilities. The preschools also provide placement opportunities for typical peers from the community to provide play partners which promotes an inclusive environment for all. Typical peers are defined as children ages three and a half, four, or five years of age without delays or disabilities and with well-developed speech-language, self-help, play and behaviors who can act as age appropriate models. Typical peers also need to be toilet trained.
A maximum of 6 typical peers are accepted into each half day program. Peers are initially accepted on a two week trial basis, parents will not be expected to pay during this trial.
Days and Times
Monday–Thursday, either AM or PM
3 sessions per year:
$450 per session (approx. 12 weeks).
See our trifold brochure - Partners In Play Brochure
For more information please contact:
Crystal Park School
Corinne Kruse, Principal
Derek Taylor Public School
Shelly Bracko, Principal
Roy Bickell Public School
Joanne Perrott, Principal
Cynthia Matthews, Principal