Pre-kindergarten

Students Share and Learn at Circle Time

Pre-kindergarten in Shawnee Mission:  Imagine. Explore.Discover

The Shawnee Mission School District is proud to offer a Pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program for 4-year-old students living in the district. The district program is developmentally and educationally appropriate and emphasizes students' need for active learning. Teachers provide a stimulating environment of challenging materials and engaging activities essential to the growth and development of each child. Research suggests that a Pre-K program structured around these components will best serve students. 

Students are exposed to learning experiences that promote social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development. Students learn skills such as taking turns cooperatively, sharing, and following directions—all essential components for future social, behavioral, and academic succe​ss. 

In the 2018-2019 school year, the Shawnee Mission School District is offering the following options for Pre-K:

No-fee half-day Title I Pre-K option (Qualifications apply) is offered at ApacheIS, Bluejacket-Flint, Crestview, Merriam Park, Rising Star, Roesland, Rosehill, and Shawanoe.

No-fee half-day grant-funded Pre-K option (Qualifications apply) offered at Briarwood, Brookridge, Broken Arrow, Comanche, Highlands, Lenexa Hills, Santa Fe Trail, and Shawanoe.

Tuition-based half-day Pre-K option is offered at Briarwood, Highlands, Lenexa Hills, Rhein Benninghoven, and Trailwood.

To attend Pre-K students must:

  •        live within the boundaries of the Shawnee Mission School District
  •        be four years old on or before August 31 of the year in which they will attend Pre-K 
  •        be independent with toileting

Students who are five years old on or before August 31 are not eligible for Pre-K.  The following information is provided to assist families in identifying which option may best fit your needs. 

Is my child eligible for FREE Pre-K?

​To enroll in schools offering free, Title I-funded Pre-K, students must live in the attendance area of a Shawnee Mission Title I school and show an academic need. 

​To enroll in free grant-funded locations, students must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Family qualifies for the free lunch program.
  • Custodial parent is unmarried at the time of enrollment.
  • Student has been referred by the Division of Children’s Services for educational services.
  • At least one parent was a teen when the student was born.
  • At least one parent is lacking a GED or high school diploma at the time of enrollment.
  • Student has limited English proficiency based on assessments.
  • Student qualifies for services under the Migrant Education Program.
  • Student is developmentally delayed based on assessments but not at the level of qualifying for special education services.
  • Parent is on active duty in the military.

If my child does not qualify for no-fee Pre-K, what are my options?

The district offers a tuition-based program at five schools, Briarwood, Highlands, Lenexa Hills, Rhein Benninghoven, and Trailwood. 

What is the cost of the tuition-based Pre-K program?

​The cost is $15 per day for 170 days during which Pre-K is scheduled to be in session (includes the initial parent conference day). Tuition will be billed in 10 equal installments of $255 for a total of $2,550.*  Tuition is due the first day of each month beginning in August through May.   

*The days in session are based on the published 2018-2019 calendar and are subject to change if the calendar is amended. 

What are the hours for the Pre-K program?

The district offers a five-day a week, half-day program with morning or afternoon sessions available. See the district calendar for dates when school is not in session.  The morning session of pre-k is from 8:15 to 11 a.m. The afternoon session of pre-k is from 12:15 to 3 p.m.

Department Contacts

Dr. Leigh Anne Neal
Assistant Superintendent for Early Childhood Education and Strategic Engagement
913-993-6412

 

Susana Belvedere
Executive Secretary for Early Childhood Education 
913-993-6441