We strengthen the abilities of each child in our classroom.
All classes are inclusive with identified special needs children and typical developing children learning together from one another.
What sets us apart is our excellent reputation for working with children for over 60 years. That includes 49 years of innovative preschool programming. All children in our classrooms benefit from the multidisciplinary team approach, interacting with speech/language, occupational and physical therapists in addition to special-education teachers and well-trained paraprofessionals— teams vested in each child’s success.
The curriculum is based on developmentally appropriate practices with emphasis on child-centered activities, and aligned with New York State standards.
Learning is presented through play. Our highly skilled team presents skill-building activities that are engaging, meaningful and fun. Each classroom includes:
- Dramatic play spaces.
- Reading corners which promote literacy and the love of reading.
- Spacious, hands-on learning centers for art, science, and math exploration.
- Indoor and outdoor playground areas.
Come and see for yourself, call to schedule a visit. Don’t forget to drive around back and see the awesome playground for yourself.
What does it mean to work with a multidisciplinary team? The team consists of different professionals working closely to ensure that your child is mastering the goals and objectives built into his Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This team can include: teachers, classroom aides, nurses, other therapists, school administration, physicians, specialists, orthotists and various vendors for durable equipment.
The teams meet throughout the week to plan and confer with one another. The groups meet weekly as both clinical professionals and preschool classroom teams. There is a lot of communication and coordination.
Our Gavras teams know their students well and meet individual needs effectively. They diligently follow students IEP’s. It is evident at annual reviews that teachers, therapists and parents have had clear communication regarding their child’s progress, needs and goals.
The teachers in the Gavras classrooms have credentials and experience. They practice diverse teaching strategies that target the strengths and learning styles of each child, with or without an IEP. This strategy creates a framework for teaching, learning and assessment.
The integrated classroom settings provide many peer learning experiences that our talented teachers intentionally create but naturally observe.
Our teachers and strategies are effective and your child will learn & grow in our program!
The Preschool Program serves children from 3 to 5 years old. Children enrolled in the Auburn UPK program attend school five days per week for 2 1/2 hours. Students may go either in the morning or afternoon session. This is free to families enrolled through the Auburn District.
Community students can enroll in the preschool program and can select the number, the session, and days to which they will attend. There is a nominal fee for community students.
Morning session runs from 8:45 AM-11:15 AM.
Afternoon session runs from 12:00 PM -2:30 PM.
Wrap Around Preschool Care
Wrap around preschool care is provided starting at 6 AM while your child is attending our preschool program. We will remain open until 6 PM in order to provide those supports necessary for your child to enjoy a wonderful full day preschool experience.
Call Kenn Ward, Principal of Educational Services at 315-255-2746 for information