Rising Stars Creative Arts Pre-School in Gresham



Foster the joy of music, movement and artistic expression in your child today!

Rising Stars Creative Arts Pre-School is a half-day preschool program for children ages 3-5 with a focus on the fine arts. As well as offering regular pre-school curriculum, students in our Rising Stars Pre-School enjoy dance, drama, music and tumbling.  Its a very family-friendly, nurturing environment for your little ones first "school-type" experience!

Our curriculum is designed to be a perfect blend of play-based learning and Kindergarten readiness. Therefore, our students start Kindergarten with the skills necessary to be confident and successful in the years to come.

Classes at Preschool for the Arts run daily from 9:30am - 12:30pm on a traditional school schedule.

Daily Schedule

  •  9:30 Doors open. Sign your student in. Free play (fine motor, socio-emotional, gross motor, language development, problem-solving).
  • 10:00 Clean up time & Circle, Calendar or Activity related to current focus/project
  • 10:30 Bathroom break & wash hands for snack
  • 10:45 Snack then free play
  • 11:00   Clean up song. Split into small groups for songs, movement, dancing or activity related o current focus/project
  • 11:55 Lessons & Stations
  • 12:15 Clean up. Going home transition
  • 12:25 Parents are let in and they aid in getting ready to go home
  • 12:30 Sign child out. Farewell friends.  See you next time!

We pledge to provide all this in the utmost caring & nurturing environment.

About Our PreSchool in Gresham


About Us

Deborah Messinger School of Dance has been in Gresham for 40+ years. Nine years ago, we added an Academic Pre-School in the same building called the Rising Stars Pre-School.

At Risings Stars, we understand that children learn best by being engaged. Whether its your child’s 1st pre-school experience or preparing for Kindergarten, curriculum is designed to set a foundation for success.  Through a variety of experiences, children will develop valuable skills. 

Academically, we focus on: Letter recognition & sounds, number recognition, counting, days of the week, months of the year, writing & pre-reading, basic science concepts, music & movement concepts and LOTS OF IMAGINATION & CREATIVITY.

Socially, we focus on: respect of others & their property, building friendships, using our “words”, basic problem solving.

There’s play/open gym time to work on gross motor skills as well as teacher-led creative movement activities and tumbling. 

We focus on building their self-confidence and a positive self-image. They use their energy & talents in an active, fun atmosphere to enhance their individuality. 


See Our PreSchool in Action

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Our Tuition Fees

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  • Regular tuition is: $135/mo for 2 days per week (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
  • There is a one time per school year supply fee of $75.00 
  • There is a 25% discount for a sibling in pre-school.
  • Pre-School meets 9:30AM-12:30PM 

  • You many enroll at any time throughout the school year.


    If you enroll in Sept or Oct 2019,  and mention that you saw our website, you'll get your first 2 months for $99.00 each!

Our Staff


Our Staff


Holly Knoles

Miss Holly, as the students call her, loves watching a child's face and hearing their screams of excitement when they learn how to write a letter in the alphabet or when they know what day of the week it is!

One of Miss Holly's specialty training is as an Autism Behavioral Technician. She's worked as a para educator in Special Ed for 7 yrs. She ran a modified classroom for 3 yrs. as well as teaching kindergarten so she's very aware of the benchmarks that your child will need to pass in order to be ready for kindergarten.  

She loves her Rising Stars Pre-School kiddos like they are her own and she can't wait to start out their love for school right here at the Rising Stars PreSchool! 

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