Enrollment opens for 2018-2019 school year on February 1, 2018. Contact Teacher Chris Ross at preschool@acgilbert.org to apply.


Welcome to a place rich with child-centered activities, where teachers nurture curiosity and the desire to learn. The preschool, designed for ages 3-5, is housed within Salem’s renowned children’s museum.


Early childhood education is increasingly identified as a fundamental necessity to giving young children a good start in education. All classes are led by certified instructors, and supported with trained and skilled paraprofessionals.


To meet the preschool staff and learn more about the curriculum, please contact preschool teacher Chris Ross to schedule an individual appointment. He can be reached at 503-371-3631 or by email at preschool@acgilbert.org.


Annual non-refundable registration fee (subject to change) – Required at time of registration
First Year Students: $100 per child – non-refundable
Returning Students: $100 per child – applied to first month’s tuition

You must be a museum member in active standing in order to register for the preschool at these rates. Membership for the full year includes access to the museum for your entire family.

Please call (503) 371-3631 if you would like to make arrangements for monthly installments.
Installments are due the 1st of each month from September-June. Tuition is subject to change.

9:00 am—noon M/W/F
$2,700.00 ($300 per month)
9:00 am—noon T/Th
$1,980.00 ($220 per month)
9:00 am—noon M – F
$4,500.00 ($500 per month)


3-hour sessions
A maximum of 13 students in either MWF, TTH, or M-F sessions

A TYPICAL DAY (9 am – noon)

Independent and outdoor exploration time
Large and small group learning centers
Discussion of and experimentation with “The Big Ideas of Science”
Music and movement time
Snack and hygiene instruction

Christopher Ross

Shondra Gorter

Christopher Ross is the lead preschool teacher for The Preschool at Gilbert House Children's Museum. His background includes a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. He has been involved in the education of children for over 20 years, specializing in Language Arts, Science, Art, and the Wonders of Play. In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, writing and spending time with his wife and two daughters.Shondra Gorter works in the preschool as the teaching assistant with over 13 years experience as a preschool teacher, including extensive experience in Montessori education. Shondra also teaches preschool summer camps. She holds an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has received comprehensive formal education in early childhood education methods.