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For more information and to guarantee your child’s spot in the program, contact:


Kathy Nichols
CUSD Program Specialist


You may also complete the application form here and we'll follow up with you directly.

Community Friends Preschool Program


About our Preschool Program

New for the 2021-22 school year, our preschool program (for 3 and 4-year-olds) will be offered at two locations: Buena Vista Elementary School and Aviara Oaks Elementary School.

Each preschool classroom is made up of a combination of students with special needs and students who are called “community friends."

A “community friend” is a child who displays developmentally appropriate skills (including self-help, behavior, speech/language, and social skills) for the purpose of modeling those skills for our students with special needs.

All of the students in the classroom benefit from exposure to a structured curriculum with expert teachers, focusing on the domains of social-emotional development, language and literacy, mathematics, physical development, and health.

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Additional Details

  • Where: Aviara Oaks Elementary School and Buena Vista Elementary School.
  • Days: Monday through Thursday, when Carlsbad Unified schools are in session.
  • Times: 3 hours per day; exact hours vary by site. (Three year olds meet in the morning and four year olds meet in the afternoon.)
  • Cost: $250 per month per child



  • Credentialed teachers! All of our professional educators hold a special birth-to-five-years special education teaching credential.

  • Low adult to student ratio (1:4). Each class is staffed with one teacher and at least two assistants, with no more than four students per adult in the room.
  • Structured classrooms with a developmental approach to instruction for three and four years olds.
  • Follows Carlsbad Unified school calendar for holidays and breaks.