Preschool at North Thurston Public Schools
Preschool at NTPS is for students who have special education needs (who need to be assessed, or have an active IEP) with a few spots reserved for typically-developing children (called Integrated). Learn more about enrolling your typically-developing student in our preschool program to give them an opportunity to participate in a unique preschool experience. More about Integrated Preschool.
Special Education Preschool
The majority of our Preschool students are those with special education needs. To register, your child must have an active IEP in place.
If you think your child might have a disability, read about our intervention and assessment methods and programs:
Children who do not have an IEP and are typically-developing have an opportunity to join our preschool to serve as peer models in a special needs classroom.Integrated Preschool is tuition-based and is available to typically-developing children 3-4 years old.*IMPORTANT* As you may be aware, Govenor Inslee ordered all K-12 schools closed in the State of Washington due to COVID-19. This includes our preschools operating at our elementary schools. For more information on our response to COVID-19, visit our NTPS website at https://www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/coronavirus.Once schools reopen we will reopen this application and will process requests in the order in which they are received.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My child does not need special services. But I am interested in preschool for my child. Do you have information?A: We have limited slots in our Preschool for typically developing children (called Integrated Preschool).Q: My child is between 3-5 years old and I suspect one or more areas of concern.A: If you have a child who is 3-5 years old and you suspect a learning disability, learn more about our intervention and assessment programs.Q: My child is between 3 and 4 years old. I want my child screened for possible special education services.A: Our intervention for this age group is called Child Find. Read more about Child Find.Q: I suspect my child needs special services - but the child is not yet 3 years old.Q: My child is 3-5 years old and has been evaluated. We have a current IEP. How do I get my child enrolled in preschool?A: Please read our steps for registering for Special Education Preschool.Q: What about Immunizations?A: Please visit our Immunization page for information on the state requirements for vaccinations to enter Preschool.