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Community Friends Preschool Program

About our Preschool Program

Our preschool program (for 3 and 4-year-olds) is offered at two locations: Buena Vista Elementary School and Aviara Oaks Elementary School.

Each preschool classroom is made up of a combination of students with special needs and students who are called “community friends."

A “community friend” is a child who displays developmentally appropriate skills (including self-help, behavior, speech/language, and social skills) for the purpose of modeling those skills for our students with special needs.

All of the students in the classroom benefit from exposure to a structured curriculum with expert teachers, focusing on the domains of social-emotional development, language and literacy, mathematics, physical development, and health.

 

Additional Details

We are currently accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year.

Aviara Oaks Elementary Preschool Logo

  • Where: Aviara Oaks Elementary School
  • 3 year olds: 3 hours in the morning Monday – Thursday, cost $225 (times to be determined)
  • 4 year olds: 3 hours and 20 minutes in the afternoon Monday – Friday, cost $250 (times to be determined)
  • Once a month there will be a Family Fun Day on a Friday from 10 am – 1 pm (tentative times) in lieu of class for students from both classes to attend with parents, sibling, friends, etc. 

 

Buena Vista Elementary Preschool Logo

  • Where: Buena Vista Elementary 
  • 3 year olds: Monday – Thursday 8:15 am – 11:15 am (tentative bell schedule), cost $225 monthly
  • 4 year olds: Monday – Friday 11:45 am – 3:05 pm (tentative bell schedule), cost $250 monthly
  • Once a month there will be a Family Fun Day on a Friday from 10 am – 1 pm (tentative times) in lieu of class for students from both classes to attend with parents, sibling, friends, etc. 

Benefits

  • Credentialed teachers! All of our professional educators hold a special birth-to-five-years special education teaching credential.
  • Low adult to student ratio (1:4). Each class is staffed with one teacher and at least two assistants, with no more than four students per adult in the room.
  • Structured classrooms with a developmental approach to instruction for three and four years olds.
  • Follows Carlsbad Unified school calendar for holidays and breaks.

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

Diana Salazar-Garcia
CUSD Program Specialist

diana.salazar-garcia@carlsbadusd.net
760-331-5067

You may also complete the application form here and we'll follow up with you directly.