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AXIS Pre-Kindergarten and Preschool Programs

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AXIS International Academy offers language immersion programming for children enrolled in our preschool or pre-kindergarten programs.

 
Pre-Kindergarten
  • Enrollment is open to students who are 4 and 5 years old (must be 4 years old before October 1). 
  • Schedule options include:
    • Monday through Friday part-day 8:00-11:15am (Partner Language)  
    • Monday through Friday full-day 8:00-3:10pm (Partner Language morning and English and specials in the afternoon)
  • Partner Language options include: French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish.
  • 8:00-11:15 is Partner Language Time.
  • Full day students will have English time after lunch 11:15am-3:10pm and this will include specials with our K-5 qualified specials teachers: Art, Music, Science, Library/Tech, and PE (Physical Education).
  • Before Care and After Care Options and AXIS Enrich programming (see AXIS Family Programs page)
 
Preschool 
  • Enrollment is open to students who are 3 and 4 years old (must be 3 years old before August 15). 
  • Schedule is Monday through Friday part-day 8:00-11:15am.  
  • Partner Language is Spanish 8:00-11:15am.
 
Both programs 
  • Offer learning and language growth through activity and intentional play (Play-based philosophy).
  • Build language skills and important knowledge following the Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence.
  • Build math and number sense in alignment with Singapore Math.
  • Use the Handwriting without Tears materials.
  • Use the RULER Social Emotional Learning program from Yale University's Center for Emotional Intelligence
  • Offer automatic enrollment in our tuition-free, K-5 language immersion charter school.
  • Follow the AXIS School Year Calendar (mid-August through the end of May).
  • Have ample outdoor time on two different playgrounds and our field. 
  • Are invited to perform at and join in our seasonal cultural festivals: Fall World Festival in October, Winter World Festival in February, and Culture Fest in May.
  • Offer multi-age and same-age classroom configurations so students get the benefits of both configurations. 
  • Follow state guidelines on child to teacher ratios. 
  • Have competitive tuition rates are intentionally set based on our value of diversity across all areas, including socio-economic diversity.
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Pre-kindergarten* Tuition Rates
(*Pre-kindergarten students must be 4 years old by October 1st of enrollment year):

Pre-kindergarten Schedule Options

French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish

Monthly Tuition Rate 

Monday-Friday Full-Day (8:00am-3:10pm)

$875

Monday-Friday Part-Day (8:00am-11:15am)

$595

Annual Registration Fee (applicable to full and part-time students and non-refundable)

$85

*AXIS is not currently accepting CCAP but check back for updates to this.
 
Preschool* (3-year-old) Tuition Rates
*Children should be 3 years of age on or before the first day of attendance
and fully potty-independent.

Preschool (3-year-old) Schedule
Part-day and Spanish Only

Monthly Tuition Rate 

Monday-Friday Part-Day (8:00am-11:15am)

$595

Annual Registration Fee

$85

*AXIS is not currently accepting CCAP but check back for updates to this.
 
For more information, families are welcome to participate in a Virtual or In Person Parent Meeting

Complete our Pre-kindergarten / Preschool Interest Form
or email [email protected] for more information
 
 
The Unique AXIS Pre-Kindergarten and Preschool Programming: Language Immersion and Core Knowledge
 
What sets AXIS International Academy's Pre-kindergarten and Preschool programs apart? Language Immersion and Core Knowledge. Two highly beneficial elements are synthesized in one program. Both Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten include 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. 
 
Many of our parents choose to have their child learn Mandarin or French through preschool through 5th grade, and then it is easy to add Spanish in middle and high school. Consider giving your child the gift of THREE languages over their childhood!

More about 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. The partner language is provided in an immersion environment. In its simplest definition you can think about immersion as the way your child learned English (or their mother tongue). The partner language teachers use strategies proven to encourage language acquisition (like repetition and total physical response), and she builds oral and listening skills through activities and experiences. The partner language teacher shares stories, art, music, and cultural artifacts from countries that speak the language. Language classes are capped, and language choice is available on a first come, first served basis.
 
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. The Preschool Sequence addresses physical, social, linguistic, and cognitive aspects of development. During same-age English learning time, full-day pre-kinder 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: https://www.coreknowledge.org/our-approach/core-knowledge-sequence/preschool-sequence/.
 
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.
 
Multi-Age and Same-Age Classrooms
Children across AXIS get the opportunity to be in both mixed-age and same age classrooms. The get the benefits that both of these classroom configurations offer. Our Spanish class includes preschoolers and pre-kindergarteners together with two teachers. Our French and Mandarin classes include pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students together with two teachers. Full-day pre-kindergarten students have English in the afternoon together with two teachers. 
 
 
Children are asked to bring their own labeled:
  • Sunblock
  • Lunchbox (or purchase school lunch) and a snack
  • Water bottle
  • Extra set of clothes (in case of accident)
  • Any children staying full day will need to bring a crib sheet and blanket for naptime and take these home for washing on Fridays.
* Please remember to put your child’s name on everything they bring to preschool.
 
School Lunches

AXIS is fortunate to have an excellent lunch option made locally in the CEC (Colorado Early Colleges) scratch kitchen with ingredients sourced from local farms. Please visit our Nutrition Page for more information.
  1. The first step in the enrollment process is to complete our Pre-kindergarten and Preschool Interest Form.
    • Completion of this form does not guarantee enrollment; however it will add you to our current waitlist so we can notify you if/when a spot becomes available for your child. 
  2. AXIS staff monitor these interest forms and as soon as a space is available in your child's desired class/language, you will be notified. At that point, certain paperwork will be required before your child can begin at AXIS. This paperwork can be found on our Enrollment Steps page, under "Enrollment Paperwork: Pre-Kindergarten and Preschool" Please do not complete this paperwork until your child has been offered a spot. 
Pre-kindergarten and Preschool tuition are posted on the 25th of each month and due by the 1st.
 
Payment MUST be made via myprocare.com. Payment cannot be made via Procare Connect or the Procare app.
 
The annual, non-refundable registration fee of $85 can be paid through the Procare system.
 
If you are a returning family, you should be able to access your Procare account at myprocare.com. If you are a new family, please click here: https://www.myprocare.com/#page-nav_parents to learn how to set up your account. The Procare system is the system you will use for payment, and it is also the system you will use to check your child in and out each day.
 
To make payment, follow these steps:
 
1. Go to MyProcare.com.
2. Enter your email address (the email you have on file with AXIS International Academy) and choose Secure Login.
3. Enter the confirmation code sent to your email, choose a password, and press Submit.
4. Then you may:
a. View your child’s account and more.
b. Use the Pay button to make a payment with your card.
Please note that accounts past due 7 days will be assessed a late fee charge of $20.
Before and After Care and School's Out Day Care are available for all AXIS Students. To learn more, including the cost, please visit our Family Programs page.