In the 2014-2015 school year, the Ann Arbor Public Schools will reopen the preschools @ Allen Elementary and Thurston Elementary serving a combination of tuition and Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) eligible students. This blended enrollment model allows the District to serve all families while providing at risk students access to a high quality preschool along side neighborhood peers.
Both schools will offer one full day and one half day (am/pm) classroom on a four-day a week (M-TH) schedule. In addition, a STEAM Friday option will also be available and will involve students in project-based learning and activities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. The Preschools will follow the same calendar as the elementary schools. During the summer families may enroll preschoolers in summer camps sponsored by the Community Education and Recreation Department. This comprehensive model provides families many options to meet their needs and the blended model supports best practice.
Marketing and Enrollment
School Tours for prospective preschool families are taking place from now through the end of April each Thursday from 1:30-2:30pm, at both Allen and Thurston. In addition, we will host the following Preschool Open Houses:
Press releases to the local media, libraries and community centers as well as email notifications to AAPS staff and families will take place. In addition, we are exploring print ads, online and radio ads.
- Allen Elementary at 6:00pm on February 26, March 13, and April 3.
- Thurston Elementary at 6:00pm on February 27, March 11, and April 2.
Lastly, we have developed a website linked to a2schools.org and designed to capture interest from families who may be using Google to seek preschool options. The site at www.annarborpreschool.com, is complete with comprehensive information about the program, tuition and options.
All phone interest is being directed to our Ann Arbor Preschool and Family Center at 994-2303.
Please join us in promoting our preschool programs which represent and important step in preparing children for early success in school.
Information about new student enrollment can be found here.