Little Apollo Preschool
by Kenna Huck, Sunset High School
In 1989 the administration of Sunset High School (SHS) decided to open a preschool on campus, and ever since then the preschool became known as the “Little Apollos”.
The preschool is open to the public, and all children are welcome as long as they meet the district age deadline of three or four years old on September 1. Currently 62 children, ages 3-5, are attending Little Apollo Preschool. To help take care of all these children, the high school allows students who attend SHS to sign up for a class where they help out with the kids.
This year, 90 high school students are participating in the program, which is great for the administration as well as the children. The children get to hang out with the same people on a regular basis, and parents meet future baby-sitters.
“I love working with the children as well as the high school students,” says Sharon Slattery, who has been working with the Little Apollo Preschool for 21 years, since its founding. “However, when the opportunity arose to bring the preschool onto the Sunset High School campus I looked at it as a challenge as well as a chance to get to work with high school students.” Slattery has a degree in elementary education and loves her job.
Classes are offered to three-year-olds on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and four-year-old classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Morning sessions are from 8:15-10:45, afternoons are 11:30-2 pm.
Up to 24 children are accepted in each of the sessions. For classes starting in September, the registration process begins in February with existing students. Once their intentions are known, registration is opened to new applicants. An ongoing waiting list is used to fill the remaining spaces during the registration period and throughout the year as spaces become available.
More information is on the website, at www.littleapollopreschool.com, or by phone at 503-643-7935.