Integrated Preschool Program

Marblehead Public Schools offers an Integrated Preschool Program designed to meet the needs of children ages 3-5 that have been identified in need of specially designed instruction due to a disability. The Integrated Preschool Program includes other preschool children from the community to serve as typically developing peers. Peers being considered for admission must be 3 years old by a set date (date announced yearly) and will be screened. The purpose of the screening is to review a child's development and to assist in the identification of those children who should be referred for an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services. Tuition is charged for peer model students. The Marblehead Integrated Preschool Program is an inclusive, multi-sensory program that serves both children with special needs and typically developing children from the community often referred to as "peer models."

A language-based developmental classroom model is offered because all children learn differently and at different rates. This model ensures the integration of students with varying disabilities. Individual and group activities are designed to ensure that all children are challenged and that they all have the opportunity for continuing progress. The classroom provides children with the opportunities to actively participate in activities that foster growth.

Starting next year Pre-K will be offered at both the Glover and the Brown School (scheduled to open in September 2021.)

New for the 2021-2022 school year in Marblehead, we are introducing a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom. This is being created based on research, community need and a district review. Screening for the TK classroom is not required; please do not sign up for a Preschool Screen if you are pursuing the TK classroom.

To inquire about openings in the Pre-K program and for any additional information in regards to Pre-K or TK, please email prek@marbleheadschools.org

Information Regarding the Screening

The Marblehead Public Schools will conduct its annual Preschool Screening on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 and Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at Glover School, 9 Maple Street. Children must be 3 years old by August 31, 2021 in order to be eligible for the preschool program. The purpose of the screening is to review a child’s development. Children who are not identified as a student in need of special education services, are eligible for tuition based openings in the Integrated Preschool Program. All students must participate in the screening to be considered for a placement. Preschool model students should be toilet trained upon start date. If we have more applicants than there are model slots, a lottery will be conducted. Lottery results will be shared with families shortly after all children are screened. Screenings are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please use the signup link below. 

Click Here to Schedule Your Student's Screening

Masks are required of all students and adults. Classrooms and materials will be sanitized before and after children are evaluated. Evaluations should take roughly 20 minutes. Guardians will be asked to wait outside of the evaluation classrooms. They will be asked to fill out Parent Information Packets while their child is being evaluated. Guardians will have the opportunity to ask questions related to the Integrated Preschool Program during this time as well. If you have questions about the preschool program please call Glover School at 781-639-3190 ext. 1002.

Registration Process
Screening
  • The 30 minute screening involves a brief overview of fine motor, gross motor, cognitive and language skills.
  • Parents fill out a brief questionnaire while children participate in screening.
  • Child must be 3 years of age to be a "peer model"
  • All peer models must be fully toilet trained
  • There are a limited number of peer model slots available
Online Registration
  • Once you have completed the Screening and confirmed a preschool slot, families will be sent a link to complete the Pre-K Registration.
Newly Proposed Schedule
  • Preschool Schedule: Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri
  • All Students attend from 8am - 12:30pm
  • Extended Day option from 12:30 - 2pm (if number of students outweigh number of slots, a lottery will be completed)
Tuition
  • Preschool Program is $4,000
  • Extended Day option is $2,000