Reverse Inclusion Preschool

Portsmouth Public Schools is currently accepting applications for typically developing three-year-olds to serve as role models in the division’s free, half-day Reverse Inclusion Program for the 2024-2025 school year.

Applications will be accepted through May 3, 2024 and students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. There are only have 64 openings in the program, so you are encouraged to complete your 2024-2025 application to begin the enrollment process.

Want to learn more about reverse inclusion? See some Frequently Asked Questions below. 

What is Reverse Inclusion?
Reverse Inclusion is the practice of placing typically-developing students into an Early Childhood Special Education class on a voluntary basis to serve as social-emotional & communication role models for students with disabilities.

Who Should Apply?
Parents of students who are age 3 by September 30, 2024 and are able to attend a half-day preschool program five days per week for the entire 2024-2025 school year.

What is the Cost?
There is no cost for the program.

What is Expected?
Students participating in the program are expected to be able to independently take care of his/her toileting needs, attend school daily and arrive to school on time, must not be receiving special education services, and have provided all enrollment documents required for Portsmouth Public Schools or have proof of employment with PPS.

Applications for the 2024-2025 SY will be accepted until May 3, 2024. Once applications are received, parents will be contacted to set up a screening and observation for their child to insure that the children selected will serve as strong peer role models (demonstrating well-developed language skills, independence in self-care [feeding, dressing, toileting], the ability to initiate play and conversation with other children, and the capacity to follow classroom routines with minimal prompting). Children of Portsmouth Public Schools employees may apply for the program but would be required to provide their own transportation if they live outside the city of Portsmouth.

To learn more about the PPS Reverse Inclusion program, please review this program brochure. If you have additional questions about the program, or would like to request an application be mailed to your home, please contact Kellen Knight, Program specialist in the Office of Special Education, at 757-393-8658.

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