Prekindergarten

About our Pre-K classes

Free Pre-K classes are offered at selected schools for students that qualify. 

Pre-K classes are taught by certified teachers who are trained in early childhood education and follow a state-mandated curriculum.

Classes are 2 hours and 55 minutes long (half-day) and follow the same school calendar as other district students.

What times are the classes?

We offer a morning and afternoon session. Your child will attend one or the other but not both.

  • Morning session is from 8:10 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
  • Afternoon session is from 12:25 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Which schools offer Pre-K classes?

We have two dedicated Pre-K centers and 15 elementary schools that offer Pre-K classes.

Some schools offer regular education with ESL and some offer bilingual education. Some schools offer both. See the list of schools offering prekindergarten below.

How are the Pre-K centers different?

The Pre-K centers were designed and built specifically for four-year old children. These centers do not have students in any other grades. The library, gym, bathrooms and lockers are all specially sized for Pre-K children.

Can you choose which pre-k your child goes to?

If you select one of the Pre-K centers, your child will probably get in. The Pre-K centers are larger and have more available spots. There are less spots available in the elementary school Pre-K classes. You may not get into your first choice school.

Is transportation provided?

Transportation is not provided. You are responsible for transporting your child to and from school. 

Many parents get help from family members or choose to coordinate drop-off and pick-up with their child’s daycare.

Schools offering prekindergarten

School Offering
Armstrong Elementary School Regular/ESL
Back Elementary School Regular/ESL
Bradfield Elementary School Bilingual
Bullock Elementary School Regular/ESL, Bilingual
Carver Elementary School Regular/ESL, Bilingual
Cisneros Prekindergarten School Regular/ESL, Bilingual
Club Hill Elementary School Regular/ESL
Hickman Elementary School Regular/ESL
Liberty Grove Elementary School Regular/ESL, Bilingual
Montclair Elementary School Regular/ESL, Bilingual
Northlake Elementary School Regular/ESL, Bilingual
Parsons Prekindergarten School Regular/ESL, Bilingual
Pearson Elementary School Regular/ESL
Shugart Elementary School Regular/ESL
Stephens Elementary School Regular/ESL, Bilingual
Toler Elementary School Regular/ESL, Bilingual
Weaver Elementary School Regular/ESL, Bilingual

What are the benefits of Pre-K?

90% of your child’s brain develops before they are five years old.  Our Pre-K program takes advantage of this important time to learn. We provide foundational education that helps prepare your child for kindergarten. Research has shown that kids who attend pre-k are less likely to be held back a grade and more likely to graduate from high school.

What will my child learn?

Our Pre-K teachers are trained in early childhood development. They have the knowledge and skills needed to teach your child at this very important age.

Your child will learn:

  • to recognize colors, shapes, letters, and numbers
  • important social skills like how to pay attention in class and interact with other children
  • listening and speaking skills
  • early reading skills like how to hold a book, turn the pages, and look at pictures
  • basic math skills such as counting and measuring

Your child will also develop skills in science, social studies, fine arts and physical development for a balanced education.

Does my child qualify?

Find out if your child meets the eligibility requirements and learn how to enroll on the Enrollment page.

What if my child isn’t eligible?

We also have a Montessori program that includes classes for Pre-K aged children. If your child is not eligible for the free Pre-K program you may consider paying to enroll your child in the Montessori program.