Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Contact Information

Please contact us at: NISDPK_Information@nisd.net

At this time, we are opening pre-registration for qualifying students on April 1st. In the coming months, we will reevaluate the offering for a tuition based full day PreKinder program at some campuses and the number of spaces available for students.

Qualifying Students:

  • 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2021 (cannot already be 5, and is not provided to 3 years old)
  • Educationally Disadvantaged (Income Eligible) or
  • Unable to speak or comprehend the English language or
  • Homeless or
  • Under the care of DPS/ Foster care or
  • The child of an active duty member of the US Armed Forces or
  • The child of a family member that was killed or injured during active military duty or
  • Is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award

Which campuses are offering full-day PreK in NISD?

  • Adams Hill
  • Allen
  • Boone
  • Brauchle
  • Braun Station
  • Burke
  • Cable
  • Carlos Coon
  • Carnahan
  • Carson
  • Cody
  • Colonies North
  • Driggers
  • Elrod
  • Esparza
  • Evers
  • Fernandez
  • Fisher
  • Forester
  • Glass
  • Glenn
  • Glenoaks
  • Hatchett
  • Howsman
  • Knowlton
  • Leon Valley
  • Lewis
  • Linton
  • Locke Hill
  • Martin
  • Mary Hull
  • McDermott
  • Mead
  • Meadow Village
  • Michael
  • Murnin
  • Myers
  • Northwest Crossing
  • Nichols
  • Oak Hills Terrace
  • Passmore
  • Powell
  • Raba
  • Rhodes
  • Scobee
  • Steubing
  • Thornton
  • Timberwilde
  • Valley Hi
  • Villarreal
  • Westwood Terrace

What are the benefits of a Full Day PreK program?

It is a high quality program with a certified teacher and an Instructional Assistant in each classroom. Our staff receive professional development in early literacy and the ten domains per the TEA PreK Guidelines.

The schedule includes time for math, literacy, science, social studies, recess, music & movement, snack and rest time.

View Sample Schedule

2021 - 2022 Early Childhood Program

Half and Full Day Early Childhood Sample Schedules
(ECSE (self-contained), Pre-K (self-contained), ECSE/Pre-K (Collaboration)
 

7:45 - 8:05 Greeting Time
8:00 - 8:20 Small Group Time (Literacy)
8:20 - 9:20 Work Time
9:20 - 9:35 Large Group (Literacy)
9:35 - 9:50 Small Group (Math)
9:50 - 10:05 Large Group (Math)
10:05 - 10:30 Outside Time
10:30 - 11:00 Lunch
11:00 - 11:15 Large Group (Music and Movement)
11:15 - 11:30 Read Aloud
11:30 - 11:45 Small Group (Science, SS)
11:45 - 12:45 Rest Time
12:45 - 1:00 Snack
1:00 - 1:15 Large Group (Social Emotional)
1:15 - 1:30 Small Group (Writing)
1:30 - 2:30 Work Time
2:30 - 2:50 Outside Time
2:50 - 3:05 Read Aloud
3:05 - 3:10 Closing Circle

What is the ratio of adults to children in the classroom? And how many students will be in the classroom? 

Ratio is 1:11 with 22 students in the classroom

What are the daily hours of the PreK program and does it follow the standard NISD Calendar?

The hours are the same as the regular elementary school day - 7:45am-2:55pm and follows the NISD school year calendar.  The NISD calendar can be found at https://www.nisd.net/schools/calendars

 

How late can I pick up my child? Is After School Care provided?

If your child is not enrolled in extended after-school care, you will need to pick up your child at regular dismissal time which is 2: 55pm. 

Learning Tree:  (Learning Tree is an after school care program for NISD.)

Qualifying Students:

  • Register for Learning Tree by calling 210-397-8108 or emailing learning.tree@nisd.net
  • Scholarships are available for qualifying students.
  • Pick up required by 6:30 pm
  • Cost for late pick ups

Will transportation be provided for my PreK child if my child attends a campus within my zoned boundary? 

Any enrolled student meeting the criteria for transportation will receive bus service.  https://www.nisd.net/schools/buses

 

How can I find out what time the bus will be picking up and dropping off my child?

Transportation Dept. will make those plans and contact families as the school year approaches.

 

How do I qualify my child for free, full-day PreK?

For those that feel they will qualify for PreK:

  • Collect your required documents
  • Complete the Online Registration at: nisd.net/schools/registration
  • Contact the Home  Campus for qualification Appt.

Are meals provided?  If so, what is the cost?

Child Nutrition Services continues to offer free meals to all students (18 years old and younger) whether they are in-person or virtual learners until June 30, 2021. This includes free breakfast and lunch to all NISD students, free “Grab-n-Go” curbside meals for any child 18 years and younger at any of 51 curbside locations.  More information can be found at the NISD Child Nutrition site.

What other costs can parents expect to pay?  

Families will be asked to pay a few supplies such as a rest mat and towel/blanket for their child. School supply starter kits are provided for all qualifying students.

 

Bilingual: Allen, Burke, Carlos Coon, Driggers, Esparza,  Fisher, Glenn, Howsman, Hull, Leon Valley, Martin, Passmore, Westwood Terrace

ESL: Adams Hill, Colonies North, Evers, Raba, Thornton

Bil & ESL: Cable, Glenoaks, McDermott, Mead, Northwest Crossing, Villarreal

Who do I contact for more information and additional questions?

Please contact us at NISDPK_Information@nisd.net to learn more.

Why doesn’t my home campus offer full day PreK?

NISD is committed to offering full day PreK to all qualifying students.  We began our full day program in 2019 at 35 schools and have expanded each year.  For the 2021-2022 school year, full day PreK will be offered at 52 campuses, with half day PreK programs at 21 campuses. We continue that expansion with additional campuses added each year.  High need areas are given priority.