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.
Screening for 2018-19 VPI applications is currently underway. Once selections are made, the drawing for the lottery will occur. This has been scheduled for Monday, March 19, 2018. All applicants for both VPI slots as well as lottery participants will receive written notification of selection following the drawing. We are looking forward to a great 2018-19 school year in IPOP.