Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between Non Tuition (TEA ELIGIBLE) and Tuition (TEA Non Eligible)?

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    Non Tuition (TEA Eligible): The student is eligible for Non Tuition prekindergarten by meeting at least one of the following criteria.

    • Child is homeless
    • Child unable to speak or understand English
    • Child is economically disadvantaged
    • Child of an active-duty member of the U.S. military or one who has been killed, injured, or missing in action while on active duty
    • Child is or has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing
    • Child meets any eligibility criteria for Head Start
    • Child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer, a firefighter, or an emergency medical first responder

    Further details on how Non Tuition Enrollment by visiting HISD Early Childhood’s website by clicking here.

    Tuition (TEA Non-Eligible): Tuition-based students can only be enrolled into an HISD prekindergarten program once all eligible students have been enrolled. There is no guarantee that a tuition-based program will be available as it is based on the enrollment of eligible students, which varies from year to year. Further details on how Tuition-based Enrollment works by visiting HISD Early Childhood’s website by clicking here.

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  • What does the statuses on my dashboard mean?

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    Qualified
    The student is qualified for the Non Tuition Prekindergarten lottery or has opted for Tuition Prekindergarten and was placed on a waitlist pending space availability on June 21, 2020. Students that have selected Tuition (TEA Non-Eligible) Prekindergarten will be eligible to receive an offer if space is available on June 21, 2020.

    Qualified Pending
    Non Tuition (TEA Eligible) students labeled “qualified pending” are pending a language assessment and/or uploading any qualifying PK lottery documentation. PK applicants will only be qualified to be offered a seat when the child has been tested with an oral language assessment and schools have received and reviewed any missing qualifying documentation. Applicants must make arrangements to schedule the oral language assessment with the campus. A list of campuses with contact information can be found here.

    Not Qualified
    The reason an application is marked "not qualified" could be due to the following:

    The student is not the age four by September 1 of the school year.
    The student is age five by September 1 of the school year.
    The campus is not accepting any applicants for Tuition Prekindergarten or not offering the language of instruction desired by the applicant. Please search for another campus here.
    The campus has received more applications that available seats.
    For further information concerning your status on the application, please contact the campus transfer analyst for the applied school.
    In Processing
    For further information concerning your status on the application, please contact the campus transfer analyst for the applied school.

    In Processing - Not Eligible for Phase 1
    Applicants that do not live within the HISD attendance boundaries are not considered until June 21, 2020. Morever, Magnet PK campuses could not process the application due to missing documentation in time for the Phase 1 lottery after several attempts to collect the infromation or confirm which TEA Eligible criteria. Please contact the campus here.

    Complete
    The campus is still reviewing the application. For further information concerning your status on the application, please contact the campus transfer analyst for the applied school.

    Incomplete
    The campus is missing documentation. For further information concerning your status on the application, please contact the campus transfer analyst for the applied school.

    *The PreK enrollment transfer type requires principal approval and that this decision is made at the campus level.

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  • How can I contact someone about my application?

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    The easiest way to contact specific questions about your application is to reach out to the campus.  However, you can email studenttransfer@houstonisd.org and someone will contact you.  Moreover, you may call 713-556-6947 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Monday through Thursday.  If there is not a response please leave a message and a representative will contact you back or direct your call to the appropriate department.

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  • My student is Qualified Pending and needs to take the Language Assessment? Who do I contact?

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    Please make arrangements with the campus that offered a seat concerning testing.  A list of campuses with their phone number can be found here.

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  • Why does Tuition Students have to wait until June 21, 2020 to be considered for enrollment?

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    Tuition-based students can only be enrolled into an HISD prekindergarten program once all eligible students have been enrolled. There is no guarantee a tuition-based program will be available as it is based on the enrollment of eligible students, which varies from year to year.

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  • Why does Prek 3 students have to wait to be offered a seat until June 21, 2020?

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    HISD policy gives priority for enrollment in the prekindergarten program to eligible students who are at least four years of age on September 1, 2020. If additional space is available and there is no waiting list for eligible four-year-old students and non-eligible tuition-paying four-year-old students who reside in HISD, schools have the option of enrolling students who are 3 years of age on September 1, 2020 provided they meet the eligibility requirements.

    • After all eligible and ineligible four-year-old students have been enrolled, if there are available seats, schools may then enroll three-year-old students who qualify after June 21, 2020.
    • It is recommended that a waitlist by birthdate be created for three-year-olds so that when enrolling students, they may be close in age and development to their classmates.
    • Should a significant number of three-year-olds be enrolled, creating classes with predominantly three-year-olds is preferred over mixed-age classes.
    • Schools enrolling three-year-olds must receive permission in advance from the School Office and the Early Childhood Department.
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  • What happens if my Non Tuition TEA Student does not qualify for Non Tuition Prekindergarten?

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    If a student that is qualified pending, takes the oral assessment, and does not have a qualifying score, the application will be moved to the bottom of the Tuition waitlist.

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