• Asheville City Schools

    Preschool Program

    for 3- and 4-year-olds

     

    INNOVATIVE PRE-KINDERGARTEN

    It All Starts Here!

     

    Thank you for your interest in our Preschool Program! 

     

    Pre-K enrollment is coordinated by ACS Preschool Program staff located in Asheville Primary School, at 441 Haywood Road in West Asheville. 

     

    Pre-K capacity is limited and varies by location and enrollment option.  Children must live within the Asheville City Schools district unless a parent is employed by ACS.

     

    Families interested in 2018-2019 enrollment should complete the following online form:

     

    2018-2019 ACS Pre-K Interest Form 

     

     

     

     

    About Asheville City Schools Preschool Program:

     

    Learning Environment

    Our Preschool classrooms offer:

    • Multiage Groupings (ages 3-5)
    • Low Teacher-Child Ratios
    • Licensed, Dynamic Teachers
    • 5-Star Center Classroom Design
    • Outdoor Learning Emphasis
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack
    • Family Engagement Focus

     

    Learning Design

    Our Preschool Program classrooms use The Creative Curriculum to enable every child to become a creative, confident thinker.  Daily schedules, lesson plans, classroom centers, and ongoing learning investigations support active learning and promote children’s progress in all developmental areas.

     

    The Asheville Primary Montessori Pre-K/K classrooms use the Montessori method, and are designed for families who wish to continue elementary Montessori enrollment at Asheville Primary School.

     

    Locations

    Asheville Preschool @ Asheville Primary

    Our main ACS Pre-K campus is located at Asheville Primary School.

     

    Located in West Asheville, our Primary campus includes 7 Preschool classrooms and 2 Montessori Pre-K/K classrooms.  The Preschool @ Primary offers school–day and full-day hours, as well as a full-year enrollment option.

     

    Satellite Classrooms

    For 2018-2019, 1 Preschool classroom each is located at these elementary schools:

    Hall FletcherIra B. Jones, and Isaac Dickson.

     

    3- and 4-Year-Old Enrollment Options

    Children must be 3 or 4 as of August 31 and live in the Asheville City Schools district.

     

    Our blended classrooms include:

     

    N C  P R E - K

    No-cost enrollment option for children who are age 4 by August 31

    and meet eligibility requirements.

     

    H E A D  S T A R T

    No-cost enrollment option for children who are ages 3 or 4 by August 31 and meet eligibility requirements.

     

    T U I T I ON

    Fee-based enrollment option for children who are not eligible for no-cost programs. Childcare subsidies are accepted at the Primary School.

     

    Enrollment Process

    Families interested in 2018-2019 enrollment should complete the

    2018-2019 ACS Pre-K Interest Form

     

    Pre-K capacity is limited and varies by location and enrollment option, as each classroom has designated spots for tuition and income-based programs.  Tuition assignments will begin March 28, using a lottery process by site. The online Interest Form is all that is needed to consider children for Tuition enrollment.

     

    No-cost enrollment options through Head Start and NC Pre-K require program-specific applications.  Preschool staff will contact families who have submitted online Interest Forms about next steps for Head Start and NC Pre-K applications.  These assignments are made in June, pending approved Head Start and NC Pre-K applications. 

     

    Please visit the "Links" on this webpage to learn more about tuition rates, hours, and income-guidelines for no-cost programs. 

     

    If you have questions about eligibility or next steps, contact:

     

    Preschool Enrollment and Engagement Coordinator, Polly Bolding

    polly.bolding@ashevillecityschools.net, or 828-350-2926.

     

    Vision

    We prepare children for lifelong learning.


    Mission

    We prepare children to reach their full potential through developmentally appropriate and family-guided education.