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Preschool - Advantage Preschool (formerly Amanecer)

Advantage Preschool Dates (formerly Amanecer)

2022-2023 School Year - Registration opens on November 1, 2021

First Day of Class: July 28, 2022

Last Day of Class: May 23, 2023

Advantage Preschool follows the GPS school calendar for holidays and breaks. There is no Advantage Preschool on any district half days.

Complete information and the Preschool Parent Handbook can be found on the district website: www.gilbertschools.net/advantage


Age Range

*3-5 (*3 by August 31st) -- Children may not attend until their 3rd birthday.


Class Times

  • AM 8:00-10:30
  • PM 11:15-1:45

The AM session typically has more younger students and the PM session has more of the older students.


Class Size

  • Typically limited to 15 students
  • Taught by an HQT Certified Teacher and a paraprofessional assistant

About the Program

GPS Advantage Preschool (formerly Amanecer) is a play-based program, aligned with the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards, with a focus on critical thinking skills and social/emotional development. Thematic units are explored by students using a variety of learning styles and modalities, which in turn, ignites curiosity and encourages sustained attention! Program is supplemented using Creative Curriculum intentional learning materials, We Thinkers! social emotional curriculum, and Learning Without Tears. Typically developing peers and those with developmental delays work together and grow in one inclusive environment.

Integrated SPICE

Integrated SPICE is a blended program with all students learning and growing in one inclusive environment. Every child can feel valued for their unique contributions and have a sense of belonging. This program will have a maximum of 12 children and will consist of 50% of the students receiving special education support for their individual needs associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and 50% typically developing peer role models. This model is designed to promote social interactions and to develop communication skills using peer modeling and intentional, systematic, and individualized intervention.

*Special Education enrollment for this program is district initiated and will be based on district boundaries and capacities

Standards based instruction with supplemental curriculum:

  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Creative Curriculum

Max of 12 student, 6 tuition, per session, registration fee waived for Integrated SPICE class

During the 2022-2023 school year, this program will be piloted at Finley Farms Elementary. For the pilot year, the tuition will be reduced to $100.00 per month. 


Monthly Tuition and Fees

  • $35 Registration Fee
  • 3-day (M, T, TH) is $220.00 per month
  • 4-day (M, T, TH, F) is $260.00 per month
  • All days are 2 ½ hour class times
  • 25% Discounted rates for GPS Employees
  • Program locations, days, & times are subject to change.

Preschool Parent Handbook 2022-2023 School Year

2022-2023 School Year - Registration fee and a security deposit of $100 through May 31, 2022 will be due at time of registration. The remaining balance for the first scheduled tuition is due by July 25, 2022. Registrations received on June 1, 2022 and after are required to pay the registration fee and the first scheduled tuition payment at the time of registration. The registration fee, security deposit and 1st month tuition paid during registration are NON-REFUNDABLE, no exceptions. The security deposit will be applied to the first scheduled tuition payment.


Requirements 
  • Toilet Trained
  • Fluent English (typically developing role-model)

Locations (Open Boundaries)

  • Ashland Ranch
  • Augusta Ranch
  • Boulder Creek++
  • Burk++
  • Canyon Rim
  • Carol Rae
  • Finley Farms (Integrated SPICE)
  • Gilbert Elem++
  • Greenfield Elem
  • Harris++
  • Highland Park
  • Meridian
  • Mesquite Elem
  • Oak Tree++
  • Patterson
  • Pioneer
  • Playa del Rey
  • Quartz Hill
  • Settler's Point
  • Sonoma Ranch
  • Spectrum
  • Superstition Springs
  • Towne Meadows
  • Val Vista Lakes
    • ++Title I Supplement available at this locations, contact the Preschool Office for verification

Child Find Screenings

Gilbert Public School’s Advantage Preschool (formerly Amanecer) provides early intervention/special education services to 3 to 5 year old children with qualifying developmental delays in the following areas: motor, social, speech/language, cognitive or adaptive behavior development. Eligibility is determined through formal assessment procedures. If you live within the Gilbert Public School district boundaries, and have concerns regarding your child’s development, please go to www.gilbertschools.net/amanecer and follow the Preschool Screening instructions to begin the testing process.


GPS Preschool Office

480-497-3461 x7

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School Year 22-23