Lakeland Elementary 616 Buckley Street Elk Rapids, MI 49629 P: 231-264-8289 F: 231-264-6132

Lakeland Preschool

Our Preschool provides your young learner with a well-rounded educational experience to prepare them for future academic settings and life. A child must be 3 years of age and toilet trained to enroll in the program and is available to children through age 5.

The  Preschool  program utilizes research based The Creative Curriculum®for Preschool program to guide the  children through a fun-filled, productive school year. This ​is a comprehensive, scientifically based early childhood curriculum that has been shown to improve cognitive and social/emotional outcomes in young children. 

The Creative Curriculum® balances both ​teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children's learning styles and building on their strengths and interests.

We use "Teaching Strategies Gold"​​ as our assessment tool and have earned 3 Stars in the "Great Start to Qualityprogram.

Our Preschool uses the curriculum and is authorized as an IB World School Primary Years Programme (PYP).

​​Teachers develop all programming around the Department of Education's Michigan Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Pre-Kindergarten.

Our Preschool staff​​ works in close collaboration with the elementary Kindergarten staff to ensure your preschooler has a smooth transition into Kindergarten. We work on Core Knowledge Language Arts® (CKLA®), math and social/emotional skills to jump-start your preschooler's school readiness skills.

Tuition, Hours & Calendar

Preschool begins on the official first day of school for the district and follows the yearly school district calendar. Preschool is offered Monday through Friday for the AM half day or as a full day.

Full Day, 8:30am - 4:00pm: $ 28.00 per day
Full Time, 5 full days: $134.00 per week
Half Day, 8:30am - 12:00pm: $ 16.50 per half day​​


A non-refundable $50.00 deposit is required along with the enrollment form to reserve your spot. The deposit ​​is applied as a credit to your initial tuition statement.

​Tuition Payments are to be made weekly or a minimum of two times each month (every other week).​​

Note: Additional Child tuition and deposit discounts are available, please inquire with Program Director.

A sample of our daily activities

  • Acquaintance time and free choice play​
  • Jump Start® ​​
  • Introduction to Spanish
  • Core Knowledge Language Arts® (CKLA®) ​
  • Circle time (including weather, letters and colors)
  • Outdoor play on large school playground
  • Indoor gym classes
  • Small group activities
  • Nutritious snack and drink (milk or juice) provided for half and full day (child needs to bring their own lunch or purchase a school lunch)
  • Craft time
  • Manipulatives and games
  • Exploration
  • Variety of creative art using different mediums
  • Experiences to encourage self-help skills
  • Individual and group reading
  • Activities that build creative thinking skills
  • Dramatic play
  • iPad instructional use, an example of this is classroom puppet shows/plays are recorded and children can watch themselves acting! iPads are used in all Elk Rapids Schools grades beginning with Kindergarten!
  • Daily quiet-rest time which is approximately 
  • ​30-60 minutes for full day students (washable mats provided, please bring bedding)
  • School breakfast & lunches are available for an extra fee​​


​Linda Dart
​Program Director for Lakeland​

Enrollments for the 2019-2020 school year are available. Please call for schedule options.