Graham Academy Preschool

Graham Academy Preschool

The Graham Academy Preschool at the Washington Pavilion invites you to get acquainted with our program at our annual open house. This is the perfect opportunity for families to visit with the Graham Academy preschool staff and to learn about and experience first-hand the unique and extraordinary aspects that preschool at the Washington Pavilion has to offer. 

2018 Preschool Brochure (PDF)

2018-19 Registration Form (PDF)

2018-19 Preschool Calendar (PDF)

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of the Graham Academy Preschool at the Washington Pavilion is to provide a program for the whole child, incorporating social, emotional, fine and gross motor skills, linguistic and logical/mathematical learning, and creative development.

Our Curriculum

The Graham Academy Preschool curriculum stimulates exploration and encourages problem-solving skills, creativity, social and emotional growth coupled with opportunities to interact with Kirby Science Discovery Center exhibits, Visual Arts Center exhibitions and Husby Performing Arts Center programming. Foreign language immersion experiences are also provided throughout the year. Our preschoolers develop a broad knowledge base of the world around them through experiential learning. Their teachers accept them as individuals and encourage each child to progress at his or her own pace, laying the foundations for language, beginning academic skills, and social skills.

Cost & Schedule

The 2018-19 school year will run from September 4 - May 17.   

Ages 3-4 |  Tuesday & Thursday

Tuition $170, 9:15–11:45 a.m.

Ages 3-4 |  Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Tuition $225, 9:15–11:45 a.m.

Ages 4-5 |  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Tuition $325, 1–4 p.m. 

*Child must be 4 by September 1 for 4-5 class or 3 by September 1 for 3 or 3-4 classes (must be potty-trained). 

Scholarships are available for families demonstrating financial need. 

Download Application (PDF)

Deposit and Tuition Information

Qualified Teaching Professionals

Each class will have one lead teacher certified in early childhood education and one assistant teacher with an education background. All of our classes have a small student-to-teacher ratio with a maximum of 15-16 students per class. On occasion, specialists in fields such as music, art, science, foreign language or performing arts will serve as guest instructors, furthering your child’s education with authentic experiences.

Graham Academy Preschool Goals

We are passionate about serving our children and their families. Our classroom is a safe, positive and inspirational place for students to start their school experience.

  • Children are developing positive social skills  
  • Children love to learn and explore
  • Children show growth in their academic, language, and motor skills
  • Children are safe and healthy
  • Families and teachers work together to support their children’s learning and development
  • Creativity and play are celebrated and fostered

Enjoying The Benefits

All enrolled preschoolers will receive a family PALS membership to the Washington Pavilion that includes free, year-round access to our Kirby Science Discovery Center and Visual Arts Center, mission films in the Wells Fargo CineDome; discounts on meals in Leonardo’s Cafe and Washington Pavilion classes and summer camps. We encourage families to spend time together exploring the many educational opportunities available throughout the Washington Pavilion.


For more information on the Graham Academy Preschool, contact Rose Ann Hofland, Director of Programming & Education, at 605-367-7397 ext. 2350 or contact us.  

For classroom questions about the program, curriculum, or special concerns regarding your preschooler, contact Ms. Heather at 605-367-7397 ext. 2352 or contact us.

Deposit and Tuition Information (PDF)