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Pre-School at Mary L. Tracy: Orange Pre-School Program for Community Peers

Pre-School at Mary L. Tracy: Orange Pre-School Program for Community Peers

Mary L. Tracy School is known as a place where “the love of learning and the love of children are celebrated each and every day”! For some of our children that love of learning begins with our Pre-School Program. The Orange Elementary School System is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications to participate in the blind lottery for the Mary L. Tracy School Pre-School Program for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

Our integrated Pre-School Program includes special education students and general education community peers. By law, students with special needs identified with an IEP are placed in the Pre-School Program by the Department of Special Services through the PPT process. The Pre-School Program follows the district’s school year calendar.

We have developed a Pre-School Program that enriches each child’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive, intellectual, and creative abilities through early academic and social experiences. It is designed to prepare each child for early success and school readiness.

Children will be selected in a blind lottery to participate as community peers in our integrated pre-school, which is a fee-based, 5-day Pre-School Program. The total cost of tuition for general education community peers will be $3,000. If a family qualifies for the State’s Free and Reduced Lunch Program, they may be eligible for tuition assistance. Parents of general education community peers will need to provide their own transportation.

Our daily Pre-School Program hours are: AM class is held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 :30 a.m. and our PM class is held from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each classroom will be a blending of both 3 yr. old and 4 yr. old students. Class sizes will be held to a maximum of 12 students per class, which includes the special education students and their general education community peers. In order to participate in this lottery your child must be 3 yrs. old by September 18, 2016 but not older than 4 yrs. old by December 31, 2016.

All children must be toilet trained and an Orange resident. If you would like to enter your child in the blind lottery for our integrated Pre-School Program, please call the Special Services Dept. (203-891-8023) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. We will be accepting names to enter the blind lottery up until 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2016.

Parents will be notified of the lottery results by Friday. February 5, 2016. Registration forms and tuition deposit of $300 are due by March 31, 2016. The deposit covers the tuition for September. Tuition payments are due on the first of the preceding month, e.g. tuition for October will be due September 1st. The last tuition payment for the year (June) will be due on May 1st. Any further questions, call the Special Services Dept. (203-891-8023) at the Orange Board of Education.

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