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Why Pre-K at Northside ISD?

Student Benefits

  • Twice as likely to be kinder-ready
  • More likely to graduate from high school
  • Less likely to be at-risk
  • Social and emotional development
  • Early literacy skills
  • Skilled and qualified educators certified in early childhood

Qualifying Areas

  1. Language other than English
  2. Educationally Disadvantaged
  3. Homeless
  4. Military
  5. Foster Care
  6. Star of Texas Award

Required Documents

Please upload the following documents during the online registration process to help establish qualifications. If you have questions, please contact us at

  • Student’s birth certificate
  • Proof of Address - current electric, water or cable bill that shows home service address
  • Immunization Records
  • Photo ID of Parent
  • Social Security Card - Optional

Do I qualify?

Currently NISD is only registering Pre-K students who meet the qualifications for the Pre-K program.

Language:  A student may qualify for Pre-K if they are unable to speak and comprehend the English Language. To see if your child would qualify, please begin by completing the online registration. Visit the campus to receive student’s ID # and call NISD Student Placement Office for an appointment for child to be tested.

Educationally Disadvantaged: Student’s automatically qualify if they are educationally disadvantaged (which means a student eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program). To see if your child qualifies under this area, please bring letter/paperwork that shows the child receives SNAP/TANF benefits. If the child does not have SNAP/TANF benefits, parents/guardians can take the last two pay statements for all wage earners in the household with them to the appointment at the school for calculations to be done and see if a child will qualify as educationally disadvantaged.

Students may also qualify if they receive Medicaid benefits. Parents/guardians need to provide insurance card or letter showing that child qualifies for “Medicaid Free” or Medicaid Reduced” benefits.

Both SNAP/TANF and Medicaid paperwork must also have dates of enrollment current to the start of school.

Homeless: Student’s qualify for Pre-K is they are homeless, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 1143a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or their child’s guardian or other person having lawful control of the child. In NISD this is verified via the NISD Office of Connections.

Military: Student qualify for Pre-K if a parent/guardian is active duty member of the armed forces of the United states, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority or is the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty. Proof of these items would need to be presented to the campus during the registration/qualification meeting. Military ID and/or paperwork showing active duty is required.

Foster Care: Child is or ever been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 263.202, Family Code. Paperwork to verify this information will need to be provided for registration.

Star of Texas Award: Student qualifies if they are a child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as: a peace officer under Section 3106.002, Government Code; a firefighter under Section 3106.003, Government Code; or an emergency medical first responder under Section 3106.004, Government Code.

Paperwork that shows proof of this award, or verification through the online state of Texas system is required to qualify.


Please visit NISD’s Registration page and complete Pre-Registration for the next school year.

PK registration for the 2022-2023 school year begins on April 4, 2022. Please visit NISD’s Registration page for more information and to begin the process.


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