The Aspen Country Day journey begins! The PreK Three class is for children who are two and a half by September 1 of the school year. Four-year-olds enter PreK Four. The nurturing, friendly atmosphere emphasizes play as the children's most meaningful work.
Lively, happy days
Children enjoy a balance of hands-on exploration and group instruction with loving teachers and friendly classmates.
Small class sizes
PreKindergarten Three has 14 students per day. PreKindergarten Four has 16 students per day. Children can come three, four, or five days per week.
Teachers who know and care for each child
Each age group has its own classroom with a certified director and team of experienced teachers, giving the PreKindergartners a student-to-teacher ratio of about six-to-one.
An enriching curriculum
Unique in the Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen Country Day School PreKindergarten offers instruction in French and Spanish, studio art, performing arts, and physical education. Our school-wide curriculum starts with PreKindergarten Three and builds progressively each year through Eighth Grade.
A guaranteed spot for future grades
In a school where many classes fill quickly and waiting lists are not uncommon, current PreKindergarten students have first priority in enrollment for the grades that follow.
A friendly school family
PreKindergartners love being part of a “real school” and belonging to a community of learners. They are the darlings of the campus, making friends with older children through the Buddy Grade program, the all-school play at the Wheeler Opera House, and Blue-Green field days.
Convenient school day
The program runs from the beginning of September through May, and the hours are the same as all the grades: 8 am to 3:10 pm M, T, Th, F; 8-2 on Wednesdays.
Cocurricular classes, bus service, field trips, snacks and a nutritious, family-style hot lunch are all included in tuition.
How to join us
Enrollment for PreKindergarten Three and Four classes is ongoing. Families are welcome to visit anytime. To request a tour or more information, please fill out our online inquiry form.
All about the program
A world of learning opens
The Aspen Country Day School PreKindergarten program is a theme-based model that emphasizes the importance of forming patterns; being immersed in spoken and written language; developing the ability to share objects as well as ideas; and creating through imaginative play. Examples of themes are "all about me," "getting along with others," or "nature all around us." Through the themes, students are exposed to the disciplines of literacy, social studies, math, science, music, art and foreign languages. Themes are chosen based on our environment, shared experiences, or events that arise in the classroom.
Finding your voice
Speaking and listening are the building blocks of language arts. Our youngest students are introduced to more formal listening/speaking exchanges through circle time, read aloud, songs, etc. When ready, students are encouraged to find their voice through their own storytelling, expressing ideas or needs, and role playing. Gradually, students connect speaking and writing by dictating their ideas to their teachers. Letter recognition and formation are gently introduced in PreK Three. The sound/symbol connection is developed in PreK Four, where we use the Letter People curriculum. See all Language Arts
Beginning number sense
We begin with experientially based exposure to numbers, counting, and number concepts. Emphasis is placed on tangible learning techniques through daily exposure to manipulatives and measurement. Children develop a basic awareness of numbers, explore the concept of 1-to-1 correspondence, investigate sorting, measuring, and graphing, and identify shapes. They begin to match quanitities to numbers, laying the foundation for future math study. See all Mathematics
The focus of Social Studies in the primary grades is to develop an understanding of how individuals make up communities and societies. Exploring the groups to which children naturally belong (family, class, school etc.,) students begin to see that they are part of a greater whole. Students begin with an understanding of self and develop the view that they are part of their community and that the community is part of a greater society. We explore many holidays and traditions. See all Social Studies
The science program helps children develop scientific intelligence through observation, inquiry, investigation and their own natural curiosity. One of the favorite activities of the PreKindergarten classes is joining their buddy grades to witness a science experiment put on by Middle School students and teachers. There are also plenty of hands-on outdoor experiments, such as measuring snowfall with a yardstick on the playground or observing a family of goslings on the pond. See all Science
French and Spanish
Two languages to explore
Students are exposed to a semester of each language twice per week. They develop an awareness of the languages through games, songs, creative arts and activities that draw on their pronunciation and listening skills. They learn numbers, colors, animals, greetings, and parts of the body. Upon entering First Grade, students choose between French and Spanish as their language of study. See all Foreign Language
Outdoor & Physical Education
Games and fresh air
Children have recess and lots of outdoor play time. They attend special PE classes twice per week. The program includes a variety of sports to build the foundational skills for success in later sports activities. Children develop their loco-motor skills and spatial awareness. They practice manipulative skills (rolling, tossing catching, kicking) and play cooperative games. See all Outdoor Education
Country Day has long been recognized for the strength of its Performing Arts program. Children learn to sing, dance, perform, and play basic instruments. They perform in the annual Holiday Sing, All-School Play, and special PreK performances. These on-stage opportunities give them confidence and poise as well as a rich understanding of theater and music. See all Drama
Masterworks & more
Art is an integral part of education and life at Country Day. Children learn about art history, studying famous artists and making artworks in their styles. Each classroom includes an art center so the children can express creativity, and there is guided art instruction throughout the year. The children bring home many wonderful creations. See all Visual Arts
appreciating each other
Since socialization is very important at this age level, we focus on learning love and respect. The school's motto, de amicitia, means "in the spirit of friendship." The Aspen Country Day community has always been about nurturing children in a school family where each person looks out for and cares for others. This atmosphere of respect and appreciation of each other inspires our Buddy Grade program, where older children are matched up with younger ones for fun activities throughout the year. PreK children build a special connection with older students and adults all across the campus.