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Role Model Preschool Options


Student learning on rugWe are very proud of our  Preschool Program in  the Dysart Unified School District. Students with identified needs are provided Individualized services in an inclusive preschool environment. 

Preschool classes are taught by Preschool Facilitators. All preschool classrooms in Dysart are licensed through the Arizona Department of Health (AZDHS). Facilitators meet licensing requirements to be a preschool general education teacher in Arizona.

Special education services are provided by certified special education teachers and related services staff (speech therapists, occupational therapists/physical therapists).  Special education and related service providers push into the classroom to provide the supports, services and specially designed instruction as outlined by the child's IEP.

The inclusive preschool classroom offers an opportunity for all students to come together to learn and grow. Our preschool program focuses on opportunities for social/emotional development and increased language and literacy.  We focus on  social interaction, school awareness, and kindergarten readiness.  Our program utilizes  Preschool curriculum aligned to Arizona Early Learning Standards. 

Preschool programming offers comprehensive supports to students as specified by the IEP (individualized education plan).  All students determined eligible for and in need of full preschool programming (through a formal evaluation process - either through the Dysart Child Find Process or through another district/state child find process), attend free of charge.

Articulation Only Services (Walk-In Speech 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, and speech only role models receive speech services during the preschool day. See below for more information. 

Peer Role Model Options (Tuition based 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 ($200/month) for the 2021-2022 school year.

Tuition is charged to 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 (15802 N Parkview Place Surprise, AZ 85374). 
Students eligible for Articulation Only do have the opportunity to enroll as Role Model students in our program at a discounted rate of $150/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. 

Dysart Campuses that offer the 3  and 4 year old program are:

  • Asante
  • Countryside**
  • El Mirage**
  • Kingswood**
  • Luke*
  • Marley Park
  • Mountain View
  • Rancho Gabriela
  • Riverview**
  • Sunset Hills
  • Surprise**
  • Thompson Ranch**
  • West Point**
  • Western Peaks 

**Schools with an ** are designated Title One Schools. Students who reside within the boundaries of the above Title One schools are able to attend  their home boundaried school campus as a role model free of charge.

Please note: 
Enrollment as a Role Model in the developmental  programs is based on program availability - please contact your home school site for specific information and space availability. 


Parents can complete the Online Registration Process or contact your neighborhood school for support.

Please click here to initiate the registration process. 

If you have any questions regarding preschool enrollment, please reach out to your home school campus Data Records Technician (DRT) or contact Shara Rose,  ESS Dept at 623 876 7022. 

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.  Once enrolled, the ESS team at your home school will request official records and review all special education paperwork to determine commensurate placement and comparable services here in Dysart.

Child Find (click on link for more information)

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


Frequently Asked Questions: 

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

Preschool Handbook 2021-22** 

Other resources: 
Arizona Department of Education Preschool Inclusion Task Force