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 6:30am-6:00 pm. AXIS set 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.

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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 two hours of integrated daily language immersion in Spanish, Mandarin, 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. Because the majority of our staff are lead teacher certified, AXIS implements a co-teacher model. English teachers and partner language teachers work together to best meet the needs of kids. AXIS follows state guidelines on child to teacher ratios. AXIS will be working towards NAEYC certification, the highest certification of a early childhood learning center.
 

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. For toddlers the partner language time is 30 minutes a day, just with toddlers. For 3 and 4-year olds, partner language time will be around two hours a day. 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 classroom. Toddler spend English and partner language time with other toddlers.
 
The partner language provides an immersion environment, which means only the partner language is used except in the case of safety. 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.
 
AXIS teachers use Reggio-Emilia inspired techniques to engage students in learning experiences and activities. These techniques include in-depth collaborative projects driven by children’s interests, the presentation of new ideas in multiple forms (print, art, drama, puppetry, etc.), collaboration, observation and documentation, classroom and environment as the third teacher, and the dual teacher role of teacher as teacher and learner alongside children. More information about Reggio-Emilia inspired techniques can be found here.
 

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

6:30-7:45 Before School Care

6:30-7:45 Before school care: breakfast and child-directed play

7:45-8:15 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 

11:10-11:40 Transition and English Learning Time (Cross-curricular: Literacy, Science, Math)

11:40-12:05 Outdoor time

12:05-12:15 Age-level English circle time

12:15 Half-day dismissal

12:15-12:45 Lunch 

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

3:15-6:00 After School Care

3:15-6:00 After school programming: outside play, snack, whole and small group play/activities and games.

 

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 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. AXIS International Preschool will be open during days when the K-5 school is on vacation for families who need continuing care. A survey will be sent two months 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 vacation days during these holidays: Labor Day in September, Thanksgiving Thursday and the Friday after in November, Christmas Eve and Day in December, New Year's Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, President's Day in February, the Monday of AXIS Spring Break in mid-March, and Memorial Day. 
 
For 4 year olds the Preschool Before and After School Care may be provided in coordination with the K-5 Before and After School Care Program, but will take place in the preschool with preschool-aged children. This will be made clear to families if this is the case.
 
Tuition is listed below and paid at a rate per month, due at the first (1st) of the Month beginning in September. August payment is due the first day of school.
 
To enroll, first complete our quick online interest form to ensure there is a space available. Once space availability is confirmed you will receive a link to the online Enrollment form. Enrollment and language class placement is first-come, first-served.
 
  • Toddler Program (16-35 months):
    • The AXIS toddler program is a full day and full week program and includes 30 minutes a day of language immersion in French, Mandarin, and Spanish. 
    • 8:15am-3:15pm M/T/W/Th/F $1000
 
  • Preschool - 3 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 
 
  • Pre-Kinder - 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 6:30am-6:00pm care and preschool.
    • 6:30 am-8:15am 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-6:00pm After school care (drop in $17/day)

 

Other Important Details

  • Annual registration fee is $80 (see below).
  • Children staying full-day are asked to bring their own lunch. Snack is provided.
  • Children enrolled in our 3 and 4-year old programs should be that age on or before the first day of school in August and potty-trained.
  • Additional forms will be required and must be submitted prior to August 19, 2019. You will receive these forms by August 1, 2019. Forms may include but are not limited to certificate of immunization, health form, signed illness policy, and other authorizations.
  • If you are interested in teaching or working at AXIS International Preschool or Academy, please complete our staff interest form here.
  • AXIS will not accept CCAP in the 2019-2020 school year, but may consider changing that for the 2020-2021 school year, please check back.
 

PLEASE NOTE: AXIS is committed to operating with full transparency. Because AXIS only recently announced our physical location for next year, AXIS is still in the preschool licensing process as the process is location dependent. We are confident the license will be secured by our August 19, 2019 start date as our location is already currently a licensed preschool. We are asking families in definite need of care to register for back up care in the unlikely event the license is delayed. Families that provide evidence they have paid a registration fee at another preschool or child care center for the 2019-2020 school year will have the AXIS International Academy Preschool registration fee waived this year.