Preschool – SCIS/UPK


What is SCIS? SCIS classes, sometimes called pre-K integrated co-teaching (ICT) classes, include preschool children with and without Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Staff work together to support all of the students in the class. There are also at least two classroom paraprofessionals in a SCIS class.

Is the curriculum different in a SCIS class? SCIS classes follow grade-level curriculum, which includes the New York State Pre-Kindergarten Foundation for the Common Core. There is no difference between the content or curriculum being taught in a SCIS class and a general education class. The rigor of the instruction is also the same in a SCIS class.

Are there any rules about who can be in a SCIS class? As with most classes, SCIS classes should include students with a diverse range of skills including students above grade level. SCIS classes are available for children who are 3 and 4 years old. Children with IEPs must have an IEP that recommends SCIS as the program recommendation. Every SCIS class is approved to operate a specific student-teacher-paraprofessional classroom ratio. At Brookside, SCIS classes are approved to operate classes of 18 students with up to six or eight students with IEPs.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Program

We are fortunate to partner with the Rondout Valley School District for Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Programs. If a student who will be 4 years old by 12/01/23 or 3 years old by 12/01/23 and is a resident of the Rondout Valley Central School District, they are are eligible to participate in the 2023/2024 Full Day Universal Pre-Kindergarten program.  

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While Brookside partners with Rondout for this program, they do not take part in the application or selection process.