Olentangy Local Schools follow the Ohio Department of Education “Early Learning Content Standards” and have adopted the AEPS (Assessment, Evaluation Programming System) curriculum. This curriculum measures childrens’ progress in six areas: fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, adaptive, social-communication & communication development.
The Olentangy special needs preschool program is based on the belief that children are unique, special individuals who learn through play and who grow in a developmental sequence.
The preschools’ prepared environment of active play is designed to stimulate and challenge various developmental levels. Children with identified disabilities develop alongside typical peers. A strong early childhood program is blended with specialized approaches and related services as appropriate.
An integrated multi-age setting during the preschool years creates a foundation of compassion and acceptance of diversity. Youngsters with and without disabilities are encouraged to:
Gain a greater appreciation for human differences
Grow in self-esteem and self-control
Develop problem solving skills
Preschool classes meet Tuesday through Friday, following the Olentangy Local Schools calendar. Assessments, home visits, training and a variety of other activities are scheduled on Mondays. Classroom center-based activities provide a balance of play choices in the following areas: