About the Peer Program
The district’s preschool program is primarily designed for children with disabilities; however, typically developing children who enjoy a well rounded, developmentally appropriate preschool experience may apply as peer role models for the students with disabilities. Peer applications are accepted throughout the school year.
We are implementing a change with the application process for the peers. Effective September 1, 2013, applications for peers will only be accepted when the child is at least 2 years old. After September 1, 2013, the HCSD Preschool program will no longer accept applications for peers who have not yet turned 2 years of age.
All peer applicants must participate in a peer observation conducted by a preschool teacher. The peer observations are scheduled at least three times during a school year. Peer applicants need to possess strong communication skills, age appropriate socialization and play skills.
The cost for our Tuesday through Friday half-day program is $120.00 per month. Payments are due in the preschool office by the first day of the month. The preschool calendar coincides with the Hilliard City School calendar, minus one week at the end of the school year. The transportation for peers must be provided by the parent or guardian.
The program is a four-day a week program. AM hours are arrival 8:55-9:05 and dismissal is at 11:35 (Tues.-Fri.) Afternoon hours are 12:50- 1:00 and dismissal is at 3:30. (Tues. – Fri.). The preschool calendar coincides with the Hilliard City School calendar, except for ending one week early at the end of the school year.
Enrollment is open to children of district residents and to staff members who are also residents of Hilliard City School District.
Each classroom has a licensed/certified Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (Intervention Specialist) and trained teacher assistants. Classrooms have a maximum of 16 students, 8 of whom have identified disabilities and 4-8 who are typically developing peers.
Hilliard City School District Preschool Program is organized to facilitate children’s development in six major areas: cognition, communication, self-help, motor skills, social and play skills, and emotional development. Curriculum objectives are met in a literacy-rich, developmentally appropriate environment.
Three-Four Year Old Classrooms:
All peers in the three-four year old classrooms must be 3 and 4 years old. Children with a summer birthday (June, July, August, and September) who are eligible for kindergarten the following school year will be placed in a three-four year old classroom. All 3 and 4 year old peers returning the following school year will be placed in transition classes.
All peers in the transition classes must be 5 years old when school begins or turn 5 during the school year. Peers in transition classrooms may not return for another school year.
Please fill out an application for your child and send to the preschool office. The application will be dated the day it is received. It is the date stamp on the application that determines where the child is placed on the application list. All applications stay in the order of the date received. When preparing for an observation, the peer applicants who are 3 years old and older are called to participate in the peer observation.
Effective September 1, 2013: Peer applications will only be accepted if the child is two years of age.
Effective 2015-16 School year: Tuition is $120 per month.