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Prekindergarten

Free prekindergarten (Pre-K) classes are offered at selected schools for all students. These classes are taught by certified teachers who are trained in early childhood education and follow a state-mandated curriculum.

The prekindergarten program offers many benefits. 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.

Does my child qualify for priority placement?

Students who meet certain eligibility requirements will receive priority placement into available Pre-K seats. Find if you child qualifies and learn more on the Prekindergarten eligibility page

About the program

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.

What times are the classes?

Our full-day Pre-K program shares the same hours as our elementary schools, 8:10 a.m.-3:20 p.m. Pre-K classes follow the same calendar as all other district students.

Which schools offer Pre-K classes?

We have two dedicated prekindergarten centers and 27 elementary schools that offer Pre-K classes, in a full day format. Some schools offer regular general education with ESL and some offer bilingual education. Some schools offer both. See the list of schools offering prekindergarten for the current school year 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.

In addition, we have a partnership with the Child Care Group Head Start program at our Pre-K Centers with two GISD/Head Start classrooms, one GenEd/ESL and on Bilingual, each center.

Can you choose which Pre-K  your child goes to?

You may select up to three Pre-K schools as your top choices. At time of enrollment, a Student Services staff member or a campus data clerk will assist you in completing enrollment for the school with seat availability.

Which campuses are close to my home?

Please visit our Pre-K locator website to see a map of campuses near your home address.

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.

Montessori Pre-K

We also have a Montessori magnet program at Luna and Herfurth elementaries that includes classes for Pre-K aged children. Interested families may consider applying and paying to enroll your child in the Montessori program. Please note, specific timelines must be met to apply for magnet programs.

Pre-K locations for the 2021-22 school year

We will be offering full day Pre-K at the following schools.

Locations General Ed./ESL Bilingual Spanish Bilingual Vietnamese
Cisneros Yes Yes No
Parsons Yes Yes Yes
Back Yes No No
Bradfield No Yes No
Bullock Yes Yes No
Caldwell No Yes No
Carver Yes Yes No
Club Hill Yes No No
Couch Yes No No
Davis Yes Yes No
Freeman No Yes No
Golden Meadows Yes Yes No
Heather Glen Yes Yes No
Hickman Yes No Yes
Liberty Grove Yes Yes No
Lister Yes No No
Luna Yes No No
Montclair Yes Yes No
Northlake Yes Yes No
Parkcrest Yes Yes No
Pearson Yes No No
Sewell Yes No No
Shorehaven Yes Yes No
Shugart Yes No No
Southgate No Yes No
Spring Creek Yes No No
Steadham Yes No No
Stephens Yes Yes No
Toler Yes Yes No
Weaver Yes Yes No