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MISD Inclusive Preschool Program

Inclusive Preschool Students

The Mercer Island School District Early Childhood Special Education Program consists of a continuum of services based on the needs of each preschool age child in Mercer Island who qualifies for Special Education services.  Students who participate in the program are between the ages of 3 to 5 years old.  All students are supported in their least restrictive environment, which might be in a community preschool, the MISD preschool at Northwood Elementary, or itinerant services with a specialist such as:  Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, or Audiologist. The IEP team will determine the least restrictive environment for each student and what services and supports the child needs to participate in preschool with peers.

Some students may have needs that are best supported with a smaller class size at the MISD preschool at Northwood Elementary. This preschool class is taught by a Washington state certified teacher and a highly qualified group of educators who specialize in early childhood development and education. The curriculum is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features inquiry, exploration, and discovery as the foundation of all learning. Typically developing peers are included in the class as peer mentors.

MISD Preschool peer Mentor applications for the 2024-25 school year

Thank you for your interest in the Mercer Island Inclusive Preschool Program.  We are currently accepting families interested in their typically developing child being a peer mentor in the program at Northwood Elementary for the 2024-25 school year.  Please fill the Peer Mentor form along with the Residency Verification form to start the application.

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*This form is only for those interested in having their child considered as a peer mentor, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s development, please go to the Child Find page and fill out the form to learn about our screening process.


Tuition & Fees: $350 per month for peers (10 months) along with a $100 registration fee, free for students who qualify for Special Education services

Hours: AM session: 9:30am- 12:00pm and PM session: 12:45pm- 3:15pm

Days:  Preschool is in session Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  

Applicants must:

  • Be residents of Mercer Island School District
  • Be three years old by September 1, 2024
  • Demonstrate strong communication and social skills
  • Participate in a screening process