Current Lakota preschool students - as well as preschoolers who qualify for classroom-based special education services - are guaranteed enrollment in the Lakota preschool program hosted at VanGorden Elementary and Liberty Early Childhood School for the 2023-2024 school year.
It is likely there will be very limited space for other new students in the tuition-based program. Therefore, Lakota is delaying preschool registration for next school year until further notice.
Lakota’s preschool program was established due to special education laws and regulations, most notably the federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). While Lakota’s program includes a tuition-based option for children with typical development, the district is not required to offer a minimum number of seats for this subset of students.
As a result, Lakota must be responsive to the unique needs of our special education students first. Looking at our projected student enrollment for next school year against such factors as physical classroom space and staffing to meet student needs, it would be premature to open registration at this time.
Lakota will continue analyzing program capacity and will share the status of any openings for the 2023-2024 school year as soon as possible.