Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools provides a high-quality education for students in grades E-12. Our district is known for its E-STEM curriculum, which stands for Environmental Education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Circle of Friends Preschool


Welcome! Circle of Friends Preschool was established in 1995 and is a part of Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools. At Circle of Friends Preschool, we serve all learners in an inclusive, caring environment. Using a child-centered approach, teachers support all learners to feel safe, cared for, and encouraged. We offer both nature-based and more traditional classroom settings, with an E-STEM focus in all settings. View the tabs below to learn more about the programs we offer.



2017-2018 Registration Information

  • Enrollment will continue until classes are full. New applications will be reviewed and families will be notified about class placement for their child or will be notified that they have been placed on a waiting list for future openings.
  • Public enrollment for preschoolers for the 2017-2018 school year began on February 1, 2017.
  • Priority registration for current preschoolers and their younger siblings occured January 24-31, 2017.

Call our office with questions: 952-226-0956.

Instructions for Online Registration

Program Options


We offer 2, 3, 4 and 5-day classes in our morning and afternoon half-day programming. We offer 2, 3 and 5-day classes in our full-day programming, with extended child care included.

Click here to see our full Class Schedule Options for 2017-2018. Registration for began in January. Many classes are full but the following still have openings:


3-Year-Old Nature Class at Edgewood School

      • Monday/Wednesday afternoons (12:50-3:30 p.m.)

4-Year-Old Nature Classes at Glendale Elementary

      • Tuesday/Thursday mornings (8:45-11:20 a.m.)
      • Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings (8:45-11:20 a.m.)
      • Monday-Thursday afternoons (12:40-3:15 p.m.)


4-Year-Old Classes at Grainwood Elementary

      • Tuesdays/Thursdays (7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

Half-Day Preschool Information:

Edgewood School class hours: 8:55-11:30 a.m. or 12:50-3:25 p.m.
Glendale Elementary class hours: 8:45-11:20 a.m. or 12:40-3:15 p.m.

      • Two-Day Classes: $135.00 per month
      • Three-Day Classes: $202.50 per month
      • Four-Day Classes: $270.00 per month
      • Five-Day Classes: $337.50 per month
      • Registration Fee: $75.00.0 (non-refundable)

Half-day classes for 3-year-olds are located at Edgewood School. Half-day classes for 4-year-olds are located at Edgewood School and Glendale Elementary.

Please Note: Families who are placed into a half-day class will be charged September's tuition on July 1, 2017. Cancellations received after July 1 may result in the first month's tuition being refunded if we are able to fill the spot before the first day of school. The first month's tuition will be forfeited if the spot remains empty once school begins, in order to cover the program operating costs.

Full-Day Preschool Information

Full-day hours: 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuition includes breakfast, snack, a full school day with a licensed teacher, plus before and after care built into the day in collaboration with Kids' Company. Lunch is available for purchase through Child Nutrition Services or can be brought from home.

      • Two-Day Classes = $90.00 per week
      • Three-Day Classes = $135.00 per week
      • Five-Day Classes = $225.00 per week
      • Registration Fee = $75.00 (non-refundable)

Our full-day program for 3-year-olds is located at Edgewood School. Our full-day program for 4-year-olds is located at Grainwood Elementary and Jeffers Pond Elementary.

Visiting Opportunities


Tour & Talk - Edgewood School
Are you interested in learning more about Circle of Friends Preschool, or know someone who is? Join us at Edgewood School "Tour & Talk". Learn about our program options as you tour our Edgewood site. No need to register.
      • Wednesday, April 26 - 1:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday, May 31 - 1:00 p.m.

Nature Meet & Greet - Wondering about Nature Preschool at Glendale?
Join us on May 10th to get a glimpse into what half-day nature preschool will look like at Glendale. We will walk through our day, show curriculum we use, answer questions, go over the best outdoor gear to buy based on our parent survey and explore McColl Pond for nature play as students will do each day!

To make it easier we will be offering two times on May 10th for you to come.

      • Wednesday, May 10th -3:00-4:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday, May 10th - 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Meeting Location: Parents, children and staff will meet behind the McColl ELC building at the picnic tables before heading out to explore! This will be a very casual event to answer any questions you have!

McColl Pond – Savage Community Park
13550 Dakota Ave S,
Savage, MN 55378

Class Times

2017-18 School Year

Half-Day Preschool

Edgewood School - traditional and nature classes for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds

      • 8:55-11:30 a.m. or 12:50-3:25 p.m.

Glendale Elementary - nature classes for 4-year-olds

      • 8:45-11:20 a.m. or 12:40-3:15 p.m.


Edgewood School - traditional classes for 3-year-olds (5 days per week)

      • 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Grainwood Elementary - traditional classes for 4-year-olds (2, 3 or 5 days per week)

      • 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Jeffers Pond Elementary - nature classes for 4-year-olds (5 days per week)

      • 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


2017-2018 Tuition Rates

  • Registration Fee: $75 (non-refundable)

Half-Day Preschool Rates:

  • Two-Day Classes: $135/month
  • Three-Day Classes: $202.50/month
  • Four-Day Classes: $270/month
  • Five-Day Classes: $337.50/month

Full-Day Preschool Rates:

  • Tue/Thu: $90/week
  • Mon/Wed/Fri: $135/week
  • Mon-Fri: $225/week

Refund Policy

Registration fees are not refundable. If we are notified of a student withdrawal prior to July 1, the first month's tuition will not be charged. After July 1, refunds will be based on the program's ability to fill the class opening. If we are able to fill the spot before the first day of preschool, a full refund will be issued for the first month's tuition. If the spot is still empty once school begins, the first month's tuition will be forfeited in order to cover program operating costs.

If it is necessary to withdraw your child from preschool during the school year, a two-week written notice is required. As long as a two-week notice of withdrawal is received, the tuition for the last month in attendance will be prorated for the number of days the child attends preschool.

Financial Assistance

If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact Think Small at 651-641-6604 to apply for a Pathway 1 Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year.

Nature-Based Information

The nature-based program is available to students ages 3, 4 and 5. The students in the nature-based program are outside every day unless the weather is dangerous. There is combined outdoor exploration and free play on the playground. Nature-based preschool achieves the same outcomes as a traditional Circle of Friends preschool class, only the lessons take place outside and through using natural materials in the classroom.

Additional Information

Nature-Based Preschool Presentation

Nature Based Preschool 2016-17 Handbook

KARE 11 News Segment (video)

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