Pre-School Program 

Washington Academy started the pre-school disabled class because of a significant need by local school districts to find an appropriate and therapeutic setting for students age 4 and 5.

Washington Academy's only pre-requisite for enrollment is successful potty-training skills, because the school day isn't long enough to address behavioral, social and emotional needs, while simultaneously trying to teach students bathroom skills.

The Pre-School Program incorporates parts of the High Scope Program into its daily schedule, which emphaizes learning through play. Students are exposd to numbers, letters, shapes, colors and their surroundings. There is a double literacy period each day that includes music literacy. Students sing songs like the alphabet song, the days of the week, the months of the year to name a few.

Since 2009, many of our pre-school students have successfully transitioned to in-distric Public School elementary classrooms in the 1st and 2nd grades.


Pre-School students have a tremendous amount of energy and it's important to utilize this energy and excitement in a positive and appropriate manner. Students go to PE (gym class) 5 days a week under the guidance and supervision of a NJ Certified PE Teacher.


Pre-School students need to learn positive communication skills early on in their academic career. That is why our pre-schoolers go to the Art Studio 5 days a week to work on a number of different projects, such as finger painting, coloring, letter and number design to name a few.