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Preschool Education

Preschool Education

Big Walnut offers an outstanding preschool program that serves children with disabilities and also provides an educational opportunity for typically developing children to serve as social and academic peer models.

The Big Walnut Preschool Peer Model Program promotes development in communication skills, motor skills, independence, and a positive self-concept. All classrooms incorporate literacy-enriched, developmentally appropriate learning environments and incorporate the Early Learning Content Standards, endorsed by the Ohio Department of Education.

Classrooms have a maximum of 16 students, with a ratio of no more than 8:8 (8 students with disabilities to 8 peer models.) Our integrated classrooms are staffed by one teacher and one assistant. Some classrooms are staffed with additional assistants dependent upon the needs of the students in each of the classrooms.

Each class receives support services from a team of related service specialists (occupational therapist, speech language therapist, physical therapist and adapted physical education teacher). The related service staff brings their skill and training into the classroom environment, benefiting both peer models and students with special needs.
Preschool Information 
Hours of Operation
Monday through Thursday
Morning Session - 8:45-11:30am
Afternoon Session - 12:45-3:35pm
Preschool Locations
Big Walnut Elementary   Harrison Street Elementary     Hylen Souders Elementary
940 South Old 3C Hwy   70 Harrison Street                   4121 Miller-Paul Road 
Sunbury, OH 43074         Sunbury, OH 43074                Galena, OH 43021
740.965.3168                   740.965.3168                          740.965.3200
Big Walnut Local Schools provides a developmental screener for children ages 3-5 two times a year. Please see the attached flyer for more information regarding Child Check opportunities.
Head Start is a premiere quality development program for income eligible children ages three through five. Big Walnut provides Head Start a classroom space within Hylen Souders Elementary. Visit Head Starts website to complete an application.

Preschool Peer Registration

Preschool peer registration is closed for the 2018-2019 school year. Please check back in February when registration opens for the 2019-2020 school year.