At Spanish Schoolhouse McKinney, we are proud to offer an exceptional academic, social, and cultural preschool education to the families in our community. We also offer Stay & Play extended care where your child can enjoy additional activities in Spanish without leaving the building. They will experience all the joys of “regular” preschool just all in Spanish! Our unique Spanish language immersion program strives for academic excellence in education while giving children the invaluable skill of comprehension and use of the Spanish language.
Our preschool curriculum, developed by a team of Texas-certified instructors, is based on the Texas Education Agency’s preschool TEKS. It is rich with multi-sensory experiences that encourage a love of learning while building foundational skills for educational success.
Areas of Focus
In addition to our unique emphasis on the Spanish language, we provide a well-rounded early childhood curriculum that incorporates the following areas to ensure your child gets the most comprehensive preparation. Students will explore, discover, analyze, and experience each area through hands-on activities.
- Literacy Skills – Interactive reading, alphabet identification, print awareness, language exposure through poems, rhymes, and songs. Our primary focus is on Spanish literacy, but three and four-year-old classes also develop English literacy skills through small group work with an English teacher.
- Math Skills – Counting skills, addition and subtraction, geometry/spatial sense, measurement, classification/patterns, graphing.
- Science Skills – Sorting/classifying, making observations and predictions, problem-solving, measuring and weighing, life cycles, solar system, conservation.
- Fine Motor Skills – Developing small muscle control and eye-hand coordination through tasks such as pinching, tearing, cutting, gluing, painting, stringing items, tracing, and writing; Handwriting Without Tears® program begins at age two for development of proper handwriting and communication skills.
- Gross Motor Skills – Running, jumping, climbing, pedaling, balance, throwing/catching, kicking, moving to the rhythm, dancing.
- Social Skills, Manners, Self-Help, Self-Awareness – Showing respect for teachers and peers, using good table manners, taking turns, sharing, and working cooperatively with classmates; gaining independence in handwashing, opening lunches, dressing, and taking care of class materials.
- Spanish Language and Cultural Awareness – In addition to teaching all areas in the Spanish language, the Hispanic culture permeates our curriculum. Music, dance, food, geography, and traditions are all incorporated. Our students learn to embrace and respect other cultures and celebrate diversity!
All forms must be completed and in your child’s file BEFORE attending school. Documents may be mailed, emailed, or brought to the school during regular business hours.
- Child Admission Form – Complete in family profile after registering
- Health Statement – Print and have your child’s physician sign.
- Immunization Records – Please submit an updated copy from your child’s physician.
- Allergy Emergency Plan – If your child has a diagnosed food allergy, please provide a written Allergy Emergency Plan from your child’s physician.
- Parent Handbook of Operational Policies
Preschool is open to children 18-months* – 4 years (as of Sept 1)
*Child must be 18-months by the first day of preschool.
** Contact us regarding availability and registration process for children turning 18-months after first day of preschool.
Enrollment & Fees
Each year in February, we hold Open Registration online for the upcoming school year. Open Registration begins at 10 am on the date below and spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If a class is full, you will have the option to put your child on a waitlist. We will notify you if a spot becomes available for your child.
Enrollment throughout the school year may also be possible if space is available – please contact the school if interested.
Currently-enrolled families have the opportunity to register in advance during an Early Registration period in January.
Registration For 2021 – 2022: Feb. 3, 2021
Registration Fee: $ 150.00
Preschool Classroom Ratios
Our low ratios allow teachers to build relationships with students and customize their learning experience. This creates an excellent environment for learning and making sure each student gets sufficient one-on-one time.
18-month class: 5:1
Two-year-old class: 6:1
Three-year-old class: 8:1
Four-year-old class: 10:1
What ages do you accept?
We accept children ages 18 months – 4 years into our immersive preschool program. Classes and recess periods are separated by age. We also offer after-school Spanish instruction for children in kindergarten through 5th grade, and summer camps for children ages 3 – 8.
How do I enroll my child?
Each year, we hold an open registration period in early February for the upcoming school year. For 2021-2022, Open Registration begins Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. Many classes fill very quickly! Enrollment during the school year is possible on a space-available basis.
When you are ready to enroll, create a family profile here, add your student(s) to the account, and then click “Enroll” to select your program!
My child does not know any Spanish – won’t they be confused?
Our program is designed for English-speaking children to learn Spanish. However, we welcome and encourage children who already use the Spanish language (or any language!) in their homes to be a part of our school! To help children feel comfortable and confident, our teachers “act out” what they are saying and use visual materials as cues. The kids love this and love to join in.
How long will it take my child to begin speaking Spanish?
All children develop and learn at different rates. During the first year, the child builds a base of vocabulary, learns the patterns of the language, and understands 80-100% of the spoken language. He may begin using single words and short phrases and will likely sing the songs he has learned in school.
During the second year, children add vocabulary and begin to use the language naturally, responding and participating in class in Spanish. After two to three years of consistent exposure, they typically begin to think in Spanish without translation, communicate their thoughts, and carry on conversations in Spanish with a near-native accent.