Mar 022015

DSC08005Hey, Orange residents, here’s some great news, the consumer advocacy site NerdWallet has released the second annual edition of its study, “Best Cities for Young Families in Connecticut,” and Orange ranked #5 statewide.
Last Year Orange Was Ranked #9.
To create this ranking they analyzed U.S. Census data to assess four key factors:
  • Home affordability
  • Growth and prosperity score
  • Education quality
  • Family friendliness
You can see the full methodology and findings HERE. `

Orange Board of Ed Announces Orange Pre-School Program for Community Peers

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Dec 262014

Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 1.43.39 PMFrom the Orange Board of Education:

Mary L. Tracy School is known as a place where “the love of learning and the love of children are celebrated each and every day.”

For some of our children that love of learning begins with our Pre-School Program. The Orange Elementary School System is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications to participate in the blind lottery for the Mary L. Tracy School Pre-School Program for 2015-16.

Our integrated Pre-School Program includes special education students and general education community peers. By law, students with special needs identified with an IEP are placed in the Pre-School Program by the Department of Special Services through the PPT process. The PreSchool Program follows the district’s school year calendar.

We have developed a Pre-School Program that enriches each child’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive, intellectual, and creative abilities through early academic and social
experiences. It is designed to prepare each child for early success and school readiness.

Children will be selected in a blind lottery to participate as community peers in our integrated pre-school, which is a fee-based, 5-day Pre-School Program. The total cost of tuition for general education community peers will be $3,000. If a family qualifies for the State’s Free and Reduced Lunch Program, they may be eligible for tuition assistance.

Parents of general education community peers will need to provide their own transportation.

Students will be chosen to attend either the AM 3-yr. old Pre-School Program from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. OR the PM 4-yr. old Pre-School Program from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Class sizes are to be held to a maximum of 12 students per class, which includes the special education students and their general education community peers.

In order to participate in this lottery your child must be three by September 1st, 2015 to attend the 3-yr.old program and must be four by December 31st, 2015 to enroll in the 4-yr. old program.

All children must be toilet trained and an Orange resident.

If interested in this integrated PreSchool Program please call the Special Services Dept. (203-891-8023) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to enter your child in the lottery. We will be accepting names to enter the blind lottery up until 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2015.

Parents will be notified of the lottery results by Friday, January 30, 2015. Registration forms and tuition deposit of $300 are due no later than April 3, 2015. The deposit covers the tuition for September. Tuition payments are due on the first of the preceding month, e.g. tuition for October will be due September 1st. The last payment for the year (June) will be due on May 1st.

Parents who have further questions may call the Special Services Dept. (203-891-8023) at the Orange Board of Education.