Preschool is our licensed program for four-year-olds featuring developmentally appropriate play and learning. Our students enjoy a safe and nurturing environment with our two Early Childhood specialists.

The daily Preschool routine includes circle and story time along with structured opportunities for self-directed play, which includes painting, dancing, singing, dressing up and supervised hands-on activities.

Class Schedule

Monday - Friday
8am - 12pm
Extended Program Option
8am - 3pm


The ACDS Preschool is led by an ECE specialist with an aide in the classroom, in addition to regular visits with our full-time librarian and Musical Movement teacher. There is a 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio.


Language Arts

  • Pre-Reading and Pre-Writing Skills
  • Letter recognition
  • Beginning letter-sound recognition
  • Exposure to rich, age-appropriate literature to develop comprehension skills
  • Development of fine motor skills for future letter and number printing

Oral Language

  • Story dictation and retelling
  • Sharing experiences
  • Listening and observing
  • Memorization and recitation
  • Rhyming

Social Studies

  • Learning about other cultures through parent presentations and holiday cultural celebrations
  • Beginning to see the world from another's perspective
  • Exploring the role of rules in society to develop abilities to play, work, and get along with classmates in a socially acceptable manner and to practice age-level skills in self care
  • Learning about the United States through patriotic songs and poetry

Math & Science


  • Beginning numeral recognition
  • Beginning counting by correspondence
  • Rote counting
  • Beginning classification
  • Beginning pattern recognition
  • Calendar skills
  • Beginning math vocabulary concepts: more-than and less-than, under, over, sum of
  • Ordering objects from smallest to largest


  • Explore topics in science to develop curiosity and a sense of wonder regarding the world around them
  • Practice and develop abilities to observe, sequence, classify and describe
  • Use scientific topics and issues as a basis for practice in solving problems and reaching conclusions


  • Fine and gross motor
  • Develop muscles in fingers and hands to perform tasks and use implements: scissors, pencils, markers, buttoning, and controlling glue
  • Develop large muscles in arms and legs to ride bikes, climb stairs and ladders, run, hop and skip, plus playground activities and Musical Movement

Musical Movement

  • Body and space awareness
  • Non-locomotor and locomotor skills
  • Manipulative skills (throwing, catching, dribbling, kicking, jumping rope)
  • Motor memory skills; visual and auditory cues to copy and recall single movements and movement/rhythm patterns
  • Dramatic expression/creative movement
  • Self-initiated movement and expression through music, poems and stories
  • Ability to listen for musical cues as they relate to movement

Art & Music


  • Develop ability to communicate thoughts and feeling through a variety of art mediums
  • Develop creativity and self expression through a variety of art mediums and risk taking


  • Exposure to the Orff music program, which combines movement, instruments, speech and song
  • Refinement of auditory abilities to discern and discriminate sounds through a variety of music
  • Begin to discern rhythm
  • Learn to use voice to sing a song
  • Gain an appreciation of different kinds of music

Library Visits

Preschool students are able to visit the school library and spend time with our full-time librarian who introduces the students to new authors and allows them to check out books to take home.


Students also spend time in the kitchen cooking at least twice a week.

Field Trips

Preschool students generally take at least one annual offsite field trip to places such as the local farm, grocery store, or local fire station. 

Big Buddy Program

Each Preschool student is paired with a "Big Buddy" from 8th grade. Throughout the year, Big Buddies meet to work, play and learn together in a variety of activities. Big Buddies care for their Little Buddies, and Little Buddies look up to their older friends, forging affectionate connections and lasting memories. The beloved Big Buddy Program is a highlight of the ACDS experience for younger and older children alike.