Why Pre-K?

Pre-K programs offer 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.

About the program

Our Pre-K classes are taught by certified teachers who are trained in early childhood education and 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. The curriculum taught uses research and follows a state-mandated curriculum.

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, some offer bilingual education, and some schools offer both.

We also have a Montessori magnet program at Luna ES and Herfurth ES that includes classes for Pre-K-aged children. Interested families may consider applying and paying to enroll. Specific timelines must be met to apply for magnet programs.

Does my child qualify for priority placement?

Though we welcome all students to our Pre-K program, seats are limited. Students who meet priority placement eligibility get placed in seats first. Empty seats after priority placement will be distributed to non-priority placement students as available.

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

Pre-K locations for the 2022-23 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 Yes 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
Herfurth (magnet) Yes No No
Hickman Yes No Yes
Liberty Grove Yes Yes No
Lister Yes No No
Luna (magnet) 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

Contact us

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