About Gilbert Public Schools Preschool Programs

  • At Gilbert Public Schools we offer a range of preschool programs where young children learn social skills in real time, in a supportive environment, surrounded by qualified staff. At GPS we believe that high-quality preschool programs nurture warm relationships among children, teachers, and parents.

    Explore the variety of GPS Preschool Programs which all offer flexibility, choice, affordability, and fun for your child!

    Registration for this school year and the 2024/25 school year is open where space is available.

Advantage Preschool Overview

  • Advantage Preschool (formerly Amanecer)

     

    Advantage Preschool Program

    Advantage Preschool is a guided play program aligned with the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards with a focus on critical thinking skills and social-emotional development.                                                                                             

    Ages: 3 & 4                                                                                                                                          

    School Day: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday AM - 8:00am - 10:30am or PM 11:15pm - 1:45pm                                                

    Locations: 24 locations within elementary schools across the district.

    Advantage Overview

    This guided play program is aligned with the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards, with a focus on critical thinking skills and social/emotional development. Thematic units are explored by students using a variety of learning styles and modalities, which, in turn, ignites curiosity and encourages sustained attention. The program is supplemented by using Handwriting without Tears and Creative Curriculum, intentional learning materials. Typically, developing peers and those with developmental delays work together and grow in one inclusive environment.  Instruction is individualized based upon ongoing progress monitoring (Teaching Strategies GOLD) so the teacher knows what a child knows and what they are ready to learn next.  GOLD is an authentic, ongoing observational system for assessing children from birth through Kindergarten. It helps teachers observe children in the context of everyday experiences, which is an effective way to learn what they know and can do.

    Integrated SPICE 

    Integrated SPICE is a blended program with all students learning and growing in one inclusive environment. Every child can feel valued for their unique contributions and have a sense of belonging. This program will have a maximum of 12 children and will consist of 50% of the students receiving special education support for their individual needs associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and 50% typically developing peer role models. This model is designed to promote social interactions and to develop communication skills using peer modeling and intentional, systematic, and individualized intervention.  

    This program is located at Canyon Rim Elementary and Finley Farms Elementary. For the Integrated SPICE program, the tuition is reduced to $100.00 per month. 

     

    Enroll Now for Advantage Preschool


      Learn More About Advantage Preschool

      • Advantage Preschool provides opportunities for your child to:

        • Develop an enjoyment for learning
        • Explore and investigate for deeper knowledge
        • Develop problem-solving skills
        • Receive instruction from a certified teacher with the assistance of trained paraprofessionals
        • Build friendships with a variety of peers
        • Develop creativity
        • Learn how to be part of a classroom community
        • Receive individualized instruction informed by rigorous on-going progress monitoring data analysis
        • Build social-emotional competence
        • Build communication skills
        • Develop fine and gross motor physical skills
        • Develop pre-academic knowledge and skills
        • Engage in purposeful and productive play experiences that foster memory development, symbolic thinking, positive approaches to learning, positive social and language skills, math skills, and self-regulation instruction.               
        • The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.

        The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is based on five fundamental principles. They guide practice and help us understand the reasons for intentionally setting up and operating preschool programs in particular ways. These are the principles:

        • Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning
        • Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
        • Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
        • The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
        • Teacher–family partnerships promote development and learning.
        • Our instruction is aligned to the Arizona Early Learning State Standards developed by the Arizona Department of Education.

         

      Enrollment & Tuition Information

      • Enrollment for the current school year and the 2024/25 year is open.

        If you have concerns about your child's development, do not enroll your child as a tuition student at this time, but instead follow the instructions for the preschool screening process above. Please call 480-497-3461 with any questions.

        Enrollment Information & Tuition Fees

        Tours are scheduled through the campus offices click here to submit a tour request.

        Tuition Student Requirements

        Tuition Students in Advantage Preschool are role model students. 

        Requirements are: 

        • Typical development in all developmental domains
        • Fluent English language skills
        • Independent in all toileting needs

        2023-2024 School Year

        Registration Fee: $50.00/year 

        Tuition Options:

        • Tuition is $240 each month for 3 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday), 2 ½ hours per day
        • Tuition is $285 each month for 4 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), 2 ½ hours per day
        • Integrated SPICE tuition is $100 each month for 4 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), 2 ½ hours per day  

        For registrations prior to or on June 30, 2023, a $100 security deposit and $50 registration fee will be collected at the time of registration with the remaining tuition balance due by July 24, 2023. Both security deposit and registration fee are non-refundable.

        For registration on or after July 1, 2023, the registration fee and 1st-month tuition are due at the time of registration and are both non-refundable.  

        2024-2025 School Year

        Registration Fee: $50.00/year 

        Tuition Options:

        • Tuition is $240 each month for 3 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday), 2 ½ hours per day
        • Tuition is $285 each month for 4 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), 2 ½ hours per day
        • Integrated SPICE tuition is $100 each month for 4 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), 2 ½ hours per day  

        For registrations prior to or on June 30, 2024, a $100 security deposit and $50 registration fee will be collected at the time of registration with the remaining tuition balance due by July 22, 2024. Both security deposit and registration fee are non-refundable.

        For registration on or after July 1, 2024, the registration fee and 1st-month tuition are due at the time of registration and are both non-refundable.  

        • Gilbert Public Schools Employee Rate - please call the preschool office - employment verification required 
        • Title I Supplement is offered for Advantage Preschool to families living within the boundaries of a full Title I elementary school and attending Advantage Preschool at a full Title I elementary school.
          • (Boulder Creek, Burk, Gilbert, Harris, Oak Tree)
        • Only one discount may be applied per preschool schedule - the largest discount will be used.

        Please contact Community Education at 480-892-9089 for further details.   

         

      Preschool Screening Information

      • Preschool Screening: Early Intervention & Developmental Delays Information

      • Preschool Immunizations Information

      • Preschool Online Enrollment Steps (Registration, Payment, & Annual Update Information)

      Contact Community Education

      • Contact Gilbert Public Schools Community Education Office

        480-892-9089 x0
        Email: communityedbusinessdept@gilbertschools.net
        Office Hours: Monday–Thursday 8:00 am–4:30 pm & Friday 8:00 am–12:00 pm (closed Fridays in June/July)

        Note: Gilbert Public Schools Community Education Department has computer terminals available to use at our office at 6839 East Guadalupe Road in Mesa, Arizona, for preschool enrollment for families without online access. 

         

      Advantage Preschool by School Location

      School Address Session Time(s)
      Ashland Ranch Elementary 1945 S. Ashland Ranch, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Augusta Ranch Elementary 9430 E. Neville Ave, Mesa, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Boulder Creek Elementary 8045 E. Portobello, Mesa, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Burk Elementary 545 N. Burk Street, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Canyon Rim Elementary 3045 S. Canyon Rim, Mesa, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Carol Rae Elementary 3777 E. Houston Avenue, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Finley Farms Elementary 375 S Columbus Dr., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Gilbert Elementary 175 W. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Greenfield Elementary 2550 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Harris Elementary 1820 S. Harris Dr., Mesa, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Highland Park Elementary 230 N. Cole Dr., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Meridian Elementary 3900 S. Mountain Rd., Mesa, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Mesquite Elementary 1000 E. Mesquite Rd., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Oak Tree Elementary 505 W. Houston Ave., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Patterson Elementary 1211 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Pioneer Elementary 1535 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Playa del Rey Elementary 550 N. Horne St., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Quartz Hill Elementary 3680 S. Quartz Street, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am
      Settler's Point Elementary 423 E. Settlers Point Dr., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Sonoma Ranch Elementary 601 N. Key Biscayne Drive, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Spectrum Elementary 2846 S. Spectrum Way, Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Superstition Springs Elementary 7125 E. Monterey Avenue, Mesa, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Towne Meadows Elementary 1101 N. Recker Rd., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm
      Val Vista Lakes Elementary 1030 N. Blue Grotto Dr., Gilbert, AZ AM Session 8:00–10:30 am, PM Session 11:15 am–1:45 pm