DeSoto ISD’s Fall Launch of Early Childhood Discovery & Design Academy

DESOTO, TX – DeSoto ISD will be completely revamping one school this summer as Amber Terrace Elementary is converted into the DeSoto Early Childhood Discovery & Design Academy serving all district Pre-K students and PPCD students (age 3-5).
“Over the past two years, we have expanded the Pre-K program to full day, and launched other early learning initiatives, and we can better serve that population in a specialized learning environment,” said Dr. Gabrielle Lemonier, asst. supt. elementary schools. “Research shows serving early childhood students together provides for consistency of instruction, staff development and early academic exposure that will help decrease achievement gaps later in school.”
Due to the specialized nature, campus modifications will be made to bathrooms, drinking fountains, and some railings. Newly renovated furniture from existing district Pre-K classes will move in as Amber Terrace furniture for grades K-5 are re-distributed to district schools that will house current Amber students.
Decisions on student re-distribution will be made after a demographer report in March. The district anticipates the re-distribution will be temporary. As growth continues, the district is long-range planning to build a new elementary in the south west or south east depending on growth patterns.
“Our goal is to minimize student movement. We know the situation is never ideal when a district is dealing with growing pains, but we must serve our youngest population in the most ideal situations to build the best foundation,” said Dr. David Harris, superintendent of schools. “With the addition of elementary magnet programs and the early childhood academy, our students will have the best facilities and staff to grow socially, emotionally and academically.”
The district will host a spring Pre-K round-up April 6-8 at the DeSoto Town Center for families to register for the fall. The date coincides with a DFW area push for a unified Pre-K registration date. Pre-K students must still meet state eligibility which includes low-socioeconomic, non-English speaking, homeless, military active duty children, or state conservatorship.