2013-14 Request for Screening Appointment forms available beginning January 26, 2013 through 5:00 p.m., April 22, 2013
Request for Screening Appointment forms are widely available during the application period at the district Pre-Kindergarten office, regional offices, elementary schools, the Magnet Fair, and Parent Days: Kick Off to Kindergarten. You may also fill out the forms online. Completed forms may be faxed, mailed or delivered to the district Pre-Kindergarten office, regional offices or district administration buildings. To be assigned a screening appointment your Request for Screening form must be received in the GCS Pre-K office by 5:00 p.m., April 22, 2013.
Children accepted into the Pre-Kindergarten program must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2013.
Pre-K Screening Appointment
Parents/guardians who complete and return Request for Screening Appointment form during the application period will receive a letter notifying you of the date, time and site for your child's screening appointment. Screening appointments will be scheduled both in Greensboro and in High Point locations convenient to families.
At the screening appointment your child will be screened for school readiness by a teacher using a developmental assessment. The assessment is a series of activities which create a picture of your child's language, cognitive and motor development based on age. You may supply additional information which will be helpful in considering placement of your child.
Parents/guardians will learn about the GCS developmental Pre-K program as well as other community resources available to parents of 4-year-olds. To determine if your child is eligible for the Pre-K program for school year 2013-14 parents/guardians must complete the Pre-K screening process with your child.
Placement priority is based on demonstrated need to develop school readiness foundational skills after the children have completed the screening process. Parents/guardians of children screened will receive a letter by US mail during the summer notifying you of the status of your child's application.
The philosophy of Guilford County Schools' Pre-K program is that young children learn by doing. Learning is sequential and children must demonstrate readiness for new understanding based on their maturation and past experiences. Children make sense of the real world through interaction with materials and real people.
Learning should be the outcome of hands-on experiences, especially play. The social interaction made possible through play is the most powerful tool available to children. A richly prepared environment in which children are given opportunities to discover, solve problems, hear stories/rhymes/poems, build, sing, manipulate, explore and construct, stimulates the child's natural curiosity to learn.
Children grow and develop at their own pace. Growth is sequential; one learning experience builds upon the next. Teachers address the needs of the individual child by providing activities which foster physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Careful consideration is given to avoid placing more emphasis on one area than on another; all of the major areas working together, in harmony, support the development of the whole child.