Frequently Asked Questions About Prekindergarten
What is the age qualification for Prekindergarten?
To attend Pre-k children must be four-years-old by September 1st of the school year in which they are applying.
There are no exceptions to this requirement.
 
Where are Pre-K classes located?
Prekindergarten classes for 2017-2018 are located at Roanoke, Hughes, Justin, Lakeview, Nance, O.A. Peterson, Thompson, Clara Love, Seven Hills and Prairie View Elementary Schools.  Prairie View is a bilingual program in the morning class.
For the school year 18-19 Pre-Kindergarten will be at the campuses listed above and will be part of our newest school, Curtis Elementary.
 
What are the times for Prekindergarten?
Prekindergarten is a five day a week program. There is a morning and an afternoon class. The morning class is from 7:40am until 11:20am.  The afternoon class is from 11:20am until 3:00 pm.
 
Is there a school supply list for Prekindergarten?
Yes, there are designated supplies for Prekindergarten. If you have any questions about school supplies please contact your child's teacher or the school they will attend.
 
Is transportation available?
Prekindergarten students living in the attendance zone of the school they are attending and living outside a two mile radius of the school may ride the bus to school if attending a.m. Pre-K and may ride the bus home if attending afternoon Pre-K.

Is there mid-day bus service?
Mid-day bus service is available for students that live in the attendance zone of the school they are attending or the PreK transportation zone assigned to the PreK campus. To be eligible for mid-day transportation to the afternoon class or home from the morning class, the family home address must be outside the two mile radius of the PreK campus. Parents must fill out a transportation form requesting bus service before school begins so that the route can be established. This form will be available at the PreK campus during document review.
 
Does attendance really count in Pre-K?
Yes, it does. To receive the full benefit of the Prekindergarten program your child needs to be here every day for their class. Once you have enrolled your child in school they are expected to attend and fall under Compulsory Attendance Law. Refer to the link below to access the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct regarding state and district attendance laws and policies. 
 

Registration

Do I need to make an appointment for registration?
No. Pre-Kindergarten registration will begin at the same time as Kindergarten Round-Up throughout the district. Parents of students who are qualifying for Pre-Kindergarten must provide documentation to the campus. You will need to go to the campus to qualify. If your child is qualifying under the language program you will need to sign up for a time to take your child to the campus for language testing.
 
Wouldn't it be easier to just register now? 
Kindergarten and Prekindergarten Round-Up will be held April 30-May 4, 2018. Families can register this week or any time through the end of the school year.  Families can also qualify and register during new student registration in August.
 
Can we fill out online registration now?
NISD will communicate when new student registration is available online. Please watch our website for  information regarding 2018-2019 school year registration.  Please remember that filling out the online registration does not mean you qualify for Prekindergarten. You are simply getting a head start on the paperwork. You must go to the Prekindergarten campus beginning April 30, 2018 with the documentation needed to qualifying for Pre-Kindergarten. Students cannot be placed in a class until both qualifying and registration is complete and approved.  We cannot hold places for incomplete registrations.
 
We don't live in Northwest ISD. Can we transfer from another district?
No. We do not take out of district transfers for Pre-Kindergarten. The transfer process applies to grades K-12.  
 
We will be out of town during Pre-Kindergarten registration. Can I still register?
Yes. After the Prekindergarten registration dates you will need to register for Pre-K at the campus your child will attend. If all the spaces for one school are filled you may attend any Pre-K class in the district. If space becomes available you have the option of transferring back to your home campus. We cannot keep a waiting list for Pre-K. 
 
Does my child need to attend registration?
If you are qualifying for the English as a Second Language (ESL) program your child does need to attend registration to be tested for the program. Refer to the Prekindergarten Qualification page for details about the types of information needed for qualifying for Pre-K.
 
What if I do not have the necessary paperwork?
Please refer to the parent checklist page. All information is required. If all paperwork is not complete we cannot complete the registration process and place your child in a class. 
 
Do I get a choice of attending the morning or afternoon class?
You may choose for your child to be placed in the morning or afternoon class as long as there are spaces available. Once your child is enrolled in a class that is the class they will be attending.  
 
 
Please contact your local campus or Deanne Colley at dcolley@nisdtx.org or 817-215-0198 with additional questions.