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Preschool

​​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.

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Options for Preschool Brochure


French Immersion Preschool

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 programming. 

  • 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.

Interaction with École Montrose staff and students facilitates the child's entry to kindergarten and the school experience.

Preschool students must:

  • be 3 years old by September 1st
  • be potty trained.


Casa dei Bambini (Montessori Preschool)

The 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?

Developed 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:

  • Child-directed
  • Individualized
  • 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

Dr. 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

Casa 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.

 There is a $50 non-refundable registration deposit required. Sessions are $32/each with a minimum of 2 sessions per week.

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Parkside Montessori Website.


Inclusive Education Preschool

Taught by certified teachers, the Grande Prairie Public School Districts’ Inclusive Education Preschool Programs are half day, 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.  

A  multi-disciplinary team of educational assistants, therapists (i.e. speech, occupational, physical), psychologists and teachers for visually impaired as well as  deaf and hard of hearing,  support our district preschool programs. Individual Program Plans are developed in collaboration with parents. Limited spaces are available for community children who are typically developing and strong language role models.

Programs are offered four half-days a week (Monday-Thursday) with morning or afternoon classes available at a number of our elementary schools.  

Grande 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.

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Inclusive Education Preschool Brochure


Partners in Play Preschool Classroom Information

Participants

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.

Operations

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.  Confirmation of enrollment will be discussed with parents within the first two weeks after the program starts.  Peers do not need to live in the attendance area of the school they attend but parents are responsible for transportation (fee for service bussing may be available contact Connie Hartel (Transportation Coordinator at 780 539 7419).

Days and Times

Monday–Thursday, either AM or PM

3 sessions per year:

  • September-December
  • January-April
  • April-June

$450 per session (approx. 12 weeks).

At the beginning of each session the parent and teacher will discuss the placement for the upcoming session.  If either has reservations about the child continuing to attend and it is not deemed to be in the best interests of the child or the program, the child will not attend the upcoming session.  It will be up to the teacher and parent to work through that process.

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Partners In Play Brochure


Partners in Play & Inclusive Education  - Preschool Opportunities in GPPSD

Avondale School
Kristina Black, Principal
kristina.black@gppsd.ab.ca
1 Classroom- 5-10 openings

Crystal Park School
Corinne Kruse, Principal
corinne.kruse@gppsd.ab.ca
2 Classrooms- 22-24 openings

Derek Taylor School
Shelly Bracko, Principal
Shelly.Bracko@gppsd.ab.ca
2 Classroom- 22-24 openings

Swanavon School
Cynthia Matthews, Principal
cynthia.matthews@gppsd.ab.ca
2 Classroom- 20-24 openings​