Preschool

AXIS International Preschool is located in the same building as AXIS International Academy at 2130 W. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526. To best meet the needs of a variety of families, AXIS offers full-time and part-time options across a full-week or a partial week. Hours of available care are from 7:00am-5:30 pm. AXIS has rates comparable to the average cost per hour of local preschools please see a list of program options and tuition below. 
 
 
Interested in AXIS International Preschool for your child? Complete our Inquiry Form here, and we will get back to you regarding availability.

Inquire ButtonPLEASE NOTE: After you complete this Interest Form, if there is a spot in your requested language and program you will be emailed a link to the official Enrollment Form.

Preschool Overview

The Unique AXIS Preschool Programming: Language Immersion and Core Knowledge

What sets AXIS Preschool apart? Language Immersion and Core Knowledge. Two highly beneficial elements synthesized in one program. AXIS Preschool includes 90 plus minutes of integrated daily language immersion in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, or French taught by a "partner language" teacher who is a native or native-like speaker with teaching experience. AXIS also includes the highly successful Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence. English teachers and partner language teachers work together to best meet the needs of kids. AXIS follows state guidelines on child to teacher ratios. 
 

Language Immersion

At AXIS our languages other than English are called "partner" languages, as we prioritize the learning of English and French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish. Students spend part of their day learning in English with peers the same age as them in a 3-year old class or a 4-year old class, and then during language immersion time, children are grouped by language in a mixed-age setting (3 and 4-year olds together) in the Spanish, French, or Mandarin Chinese classroom. 
 
The partner language provides an immersion environment. The partner language teachers uses strategies proven to encourage language acquisition, and she builds oral and listening skills through activities and experiences. The partner language teacher brings in stories, art, music, and cultural artifacts from countries that speak the language. An English teacher assists the partner language teacher during this time. Language classes are capped, and language choice is available on a first-come, first served basis. If you are interested in smaller child to teacher ratios, we encourage you to select French or Mandarin Chinese as your child's partner language.
 
Core Knowledge Preschool Scope and Sequence
 
In addition to language immersion, AXIS fosters growth in knowledge and skills through the content-rich Core Knowledge preschool sequence. During same-age English learning time, students are engaged in a content-rich, developmentally-appropriate environment where teachers construct teacher-directed and child-directed learning experiences and activities aligned with the Core Knowledge curriculum.
 
“The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence is a set of model guidelines describing fundamental competencies and specific knowledge that, for children from three to five years of age, can provide a solid, coherent foundation for later learning in kindergarten and beyond."
"The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence is the result of a long process of research and critical review...resulting in a synthesis of exemplary practice and experience, both in the United States and abroad (France, Japan, Korea, and Italy)... The programs and practices have been empirically validated with millions of young children (here and) elsewhere in the world." More about the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence can be found here.
 
This sequence includes building knowledge and skills in these areas: movement and coordination, social emotional development, language skills, visual arts, music, mathematics, history and geography, and science. Teachers work to integrate content areas together.
 

Flexible Schedule for 3 and 4 Year Old Full and Part Day

7:00-8:00 Before School Care: child-directed play

8:00-8:15 Flexible drop off: Child-directed play

8:15 School Day Starts

English Learning Time (Same Age)

8:15-8:30 English Circle Time

8:30-8:50 English Small Groups (Cross-curricular: Literacy, Science, Math)

8:50-9:00 Bathroom break

Language Immersion Time (Mixed Age)

9:00-9:15 Partner language circle time

9:15-9:30 Snack 

9:30-10:30 Partner language centers

10:30-10:45 Partner language music and movement

10:45-11:00 Partner language small group

English Learning Time (Same Age)

11:00-11:10 Bathroom break 

11:10-11:30 Outdoor Time or Lunch

11:40-12:10 Outdoor Time or Lunch

12:15 Half-day dismissal

12:45-1:05 English Read Aloud and Literacy

1:05-2:05 Rest/Quiet time activities (nap, look at books, puzzles) 

2:05-2:25 Outdoor time

2:25-3:05 English Centers (Cross-curricular: Literacy, Science, Math) 

3:05-3:15 Goodbye circle 

3:15 Full day dismissal

3:15-5:30 After school programming: outside play, snack, whole and small group play/activities and games.

3:25-4:25 AXIS Preschool Enrich (type "enrich" into the search bar above to view enrichment opportunities provided at AXIS by local organizations: Foundation Music School, Mighty Kicks, Amazing Athletes, and Playcrafter Kids)

 

Calendar, Program Options, and Tuition

AXIS International Preschool operates on a school year calendar August through end of May in alignment with AXIS International Academy Kindergarten through 5th grade. A summer and holiday care option is available from the end of May through August, so there will be no gaps in care for families that require or prefer year-round care. A survey will be sent prior to K-5 vacation times to gather information from families who will need continuing care during K-5 vacation (i.e. the week of Thanksgiving, two weeks around Christmas through New Year's, spring break, and summer break).
 
AXIS International Preschool will be closed to give our wonderful staff well-deserved, paid vacation days during these holidays: Labor Day in September, Thanksgiving Thursday and the Friday after in November, Christmas Eve and Day and New Year's Eve in December, New Year's Day in January,  the Monday of AXIS Spring Break in mid-March, Memorial Day, and the 4th of July. 
 
Tuition is listed below and paid at a rate per month, due at the end of the previous month. To enroll, first complete our quick online interest form to ensure there is a space available. Once space availability is confirmed, you can complete and submit the forms below. Enrollment and language class placement is first-come, first-served.
 
 
 
  • Preschool - 3 and 4 Year Old Options:
    • 8:15am-3:15pm Full day and full week M/T/W/Th/F $800*
    • 8:15am-12:15pm Part day and full week M/T/W/Th/F $575
    • 8:15am-3:15pm Full day and part week M/W/F $495 
    • 8:15am-12:15pm Part day and part week M/W/F $445
    • 8:15am-3:15pm Full day and part week T/Th $385 
    • 8:15am-12:15pm Part day and part week T/Th $335 
 
  • Additional Program Options for 3 or 4 Year Olds:
    • Full time, full week children may add daily before and after school care for $350/month, a total of $1150 for daily 6:45am-5:30pm care and preschool.
    • 6:45am-8:00am Before school care (drop in $13/day)
    • 12:15pm-3:15pm Extended day for children attending part day, part week (drop in $6/hour)
    • 3:15pm-5:30pm After school care (drop in $17/day)

 

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