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ESS Preschool Options

Developmental Preschool: 

Student learning on rugWe are very proud of our preschool program in  the Dysart Unified School District. Individualized services are provided in an inclusive environment. Students receive specialized services as indicated thru  Individual Education Plans(IEP) in an environment that supports individual growth and development. 

Our preschool classes provide learning opportunities and individualized services in an inclusive setting to students ages 2 years 9 months through 5 years old who have been identified as eligible for and in need of special education preschool services through a formal evaluation process (either through the Dysart Child Find Process or through another district/state process).  

Special education services are provided by by certified special education teachers and related services staff and offer comprehensive supports to students as specified by the IEP (individualized education plan) free of charge for students who are eligible for and in need of services through an IEP.

The focus in our preschool program provides focused instruction in the areas of: social interaction, school awareness, and kindergarten readiness.  Our program utilizes  Splash into Pre-K curriculum which is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and is aligned to the Dysart Kinder-6th grade curriculum.  

Articulation Only Services: 

Students who are eligible for and in need of services for the eligibility of Articulation Only receive services at their home school site for the number of minutes specified in the child's IEP free of charge. Students eligible for Articulation services only are eligible to enroll as a peer model student at a reduced rate. See below for more information. 

Peer Role Model Options (Tuition and Title One): 

A critical component of our Preschool program are our peer role models. Typically developing students serve an important role in our preschool classroom and participate as peer models, while learning and growing as well. Instruction provides all students the opportunity to learn about the special qualities of all children while interacting directly with each other in an environment structured with their cognitive, social/emotional and physical needs in mind. 

As we know, often young children learn best from other children their same age.  We are excited to offer a role model program to foster collaboration, development and tolerance at an early age.  Role models serve as models for students in preschool classrooms with developmental disabilities.  

The Dysart Unified School District Developmental program offers a developmental approach to learning which includes art, music, motor, pre-literacy and readiness activities for students who have turned three or four years old by August 31 of the current school year on a tuition basis ($265/month) for the 2020-2021 school year for the Pre-K program for typical students attending non-title schools as Role Models in the Developmental Preschool Classrooms at all non title one sites. Tuition payments may be made online or at the District Office.
Students eligible for Articulation Only do have the opportunity to enroll as Role Model students in our program at a discounted rate of $215/month and receive speech therapy services while attending the program. Please work with your home school team should you wish to enroll your child in this program as a speech only role model. 

Currently we have spaces at the following sites for peer models who have turned 3 or 4 years old by August 31 of the current school year.  Campuses that offer the 3  and 4 year old program are: Asante, Ashton Ranch, Countryside, Cimarron Springs, Dysart Elementary*,  Kingswood*, Luke*,  Mountain View,  Rancho Gabriela, Sunset Hills, Surprise, Thompson Ranch, and Western Peaks. 
(*Schools with an * are designated Title One Schools and there is no tuition for students who reside within the boundaries of these campuses).

Enrollment as a Role Model in the developmental  programs is based on program availability.  **Due to the fact that there may be limited spaces available, a lottery system may be utilized to determine actual program enrollment if determined necessary due to number of interested applicants. ** Please reach out directly to your home school for information regarding this. 

The following Sites offer a four year old only program: Canyon Ridge, El Mirage, Marley Park, Riverview, Sonoran Heights, and West Point. 

** Title One campuses offer preschool free of charge: Dysart Elementary, El Mirage, Kingswood, Luke Riverview, Surprise and Thompson Ranch


Parents can complete the Online Registration Process or contact your neighborhood school for support. Once the online portion is complete, parents will need to bring documents to the school office to complete the process. If your child has a  current Evaluation and/or IEP  please provide paperwork to your school of residence.  The ESS team at your home school will review all special education paperwork and the Office Staff will provide enrollment packet for developmental preschool students.

Child Find: 

Suspected delays may be evidenced in the areas of communication, cognition, behavior, as well as in physical, auditory, visual and sensory development.
Please contact the Dysart Unified School District at 623-876-7022 option #2 to schedule a free screening.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Exceptional Student Services Department at 623-876-7022



If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Exceptional Student Services Department at 623-876-7022

 Preschool Handbook 2020-21 - Google Docs [PDF]