The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act states that preschoolers with special needs must be provided an appropriate education through the public school system. Poquoson’s program for preschoolers with special needs includes typically developing peers. IPOPers are chosen through a lottery system. Additionally, 4-year-old IPOP-VPI students who qualify under the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) are chosen following parental application and student screening. Transportation is provided for all IPOP students.
IPOPers - To qualify for the lottery drawing, your child must be three years of age on the first school day of the year, a Poquoson resident, and toilet trained. Most importantly, you should feel your child demonstrates acceptable behavior from which other preschoolers will learn. Appropriate social behavior is important because your child will serve as a same age peer for other participants in the program. IPOP students attend school three days a week for 3 hours per day. The tuition is $500.00 per semester and is due in August and January. If accepted as a 3 year old, parents have the option of continuing as a 4-year old without having to reapply. The number of slots available is determined by the population of identified students with IEPs that place them in IPOP.
IPOP-VPI – Poquoson City Public Schools and the Virginia Preschool Initiative have joined together to provide preschool services for a limited number of 4-year-olds. Eligible children must live in Poquoson and be 4 years old on September 30th of the school year they in which they would like to attend. Students will be individually screened for academic readiness skills and a limited number of students will be accepted. IPOP-VPI students attend five days a week for 3 hours per day. There is no tuition. Students are chosen based on academic readiness needs and criteria established by the Virginia Preschool Initiative.
Applications for 2019-2020 IPOP, both same age peers and VPI, are currently being accepted in the Office of Student Services. The IPOP Open House will take place on January 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Poquoson Primary School. We hope to see you there to learn more about Poquoson's preschool program.