Preschool given 5-star rating

Wauseon Primary School’s preschool program has been awarded a five-start rating by the Ohio Department of Education.

The program was evaluated using Step Up To Quality (SUTQ), the state’s rating system for learning and development programs. Programs can earn a one- to five-star rating.

In addition to meeting all the standards of a four-star rating, the primary school also excelled in one or more of eight other areas. They include, among others: a lower staff/child ratio; using child assessment results to plan activities best supporting learning and development goals; sharing assessment results and creating goals for children; having an active and organized parent volunteer group; and having accreditation by an approved organization.

The primary school’s program, shared with the Fulton County Head Start program, services student age 3-5 with special needs. The students attend for 3 1/2 hours a day four days per week, and are serviced in the school’s classrooms along with students attending local preschool programs. They receive itinerant services from a preschool special education teacher.

“The staff is dedicated to preparing every child for kindergarten,” said Troy Armstrong, Primary School principal and preschool director. “In my opinion, we have always been a five-star rated program, but it wasn’t until recently the ODE decided to rate preschool programs on a five-star rubric.”

Superintendent Larry Brown said the preschool is among the area’s first to gain a five-star rating, and praised the efforts of the preschool staff. “This setting is one of the best options for the families in our community where they can learn together with typically developing preschoolers,” he said.

Brown added, “I would like to personally thank Mr. Armstrong for the leadership he provided in documenting all of the educational and training requirements necessary for this high SUTQ rating.”