Frequently Asked Questions
Your child must be 3 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020, to enter Pre-K for 3-year-olds (PK3).
Your child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020, to enter Pre-K for 4-year-olds (PK4).
A child who is 5 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year is not eligible for enrollment in a Pre-K class but may enroll in kindergarten.
A child who is 5 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year is not eligible for enrollment in a Pre-K class. In Texas, a child who is 5 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year is eligible for kindergarten.
A child is eligible for enrollment in free Pre-K if he or she is at least 3 years of age on or before September 1 for PK3 or 4 years of age on or before September 1 for PK4 and meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements:
- Unable to speak and comprehend the English language
- Educationally disadvantaged; eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program
- The child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States or a member of the armed forces who was injured or killed while serving on active duty
- Is or has ever been in foster care
- Child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award
To learn more about eligibility, visit https://tea.texas.gov/academics/early-childhood-education.
Pre-K registration is now open.
Pre-K registration is a two-step process that includes registering online and also providing documents to confirm your child qualifies. You can register your child using your computer or phone.
Start the registration online process now by visiting our registration page.
Visit the SchoolMint site or download the SchoolMint app on your phone. Create a new login for your family or use an existing login if you have previously used SchoolMint. Once you get logged in, you can begin registration immediately. If you have more than one student to register, you do not need to create a new login for each student; simply click “Add Another Student” to begin registering your other students.
Once the Arlington ISD is no longer closed due to COVID-19, all of our campuses have computers on site that you can use. Also, the Arlington Public Library will have computers available for use after it reopens because of the coronavirus closure.
During online registration, you must have the following documents available to submit:
- Student’s birth certificate
- Parent/Guardian picture ID
- Proof of address (Current utility bill with parent or guardian's name and address OR current lease agreement/mortgage with parent or guardian's name and address)
- Any ONE of the following applicable documents:*
- Proof of Income
- SNAP/TANF benefits letter (if applicable)
- Current tax return (if self-employed)
- Proof of military service for active duty military parent(s) (if applicable)
- Foster care documents (if applicable)
- Star of Texas Award certificate (if applicable)
Parents must submit the following documents BEFORE school starts:
- Immunization records
- Student's social security card (if applicable)
*Any student who has a language other than English listed on his/her Home Language Survey will be contacted by a school district staff member to complete additional qualification steps by the World Languages Department.
The documents considered acceptable for proof of identification and age are:
- Birth Certificate;
- Statement of the child's date of birth issued by the division of the Texas Department of State Health Services responsible for vital statistics for school admission purposes;
- School ID card, records or report card;
- Military ID;
- Hospital birth record;
- Adoption records;
- Church baptismal record; or
- Any other legal document that establishes identity and age.
Pre-K 3 program registration is based on a “first come, first serve” model. All Pre-K 3 students can register at any Arlington ISD school that offers Pre-K 3 services.
All Pre-K 4 students must be registered at their home school for 2020-21.
Please click here to learn which campus your address is zoned for, making it your home campus.
Parents of Pre-K students must register their child at their home campus here.
Transfers will only be granted if space is available at the requested school. However, the window to request a transfer for the 2020-2021 school year is currently closed.
Arlington ISD welcomes students who reside outside school boundaries. However, school enrollment may be limited to space availability. Enrollment priority is given to Pre-K students who qualify under the federal guidelines and students who reside in the Arlington ISD boundaries.
The Arlington ISD follows the Texas Education Agency PK Curriculum Guidelines that include oral language development, early literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, personal, social and physical development, and much more.
Arlington ISD offers both full-day and half-day Pre-K. Beginning in 2020-21, the AISD will offer FREE full-day Pre-K services to all 4-year-old students eligible for free Pre-K (PK4). Arlington ISD will continue offering FREE half-day Pre-K for 3-year-olds at certain campuses (PK3).
Yes. Arlington ISD offers Pre-K bilingual services for 3-year-old students and 4-year-old students at many of our elementary campuses. For a full list of Pre-K schools and campuses offering Pre-K bilingual services visit our Pre-K programs page.
Pre-K follows school district’s schedule.
Half-Day Pre-K 3 – Morning Session
8:10 a.m. - 11:16 a.m.
8:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. (Early Release)
Half-Day Pre-K 3 – Afternoon Session
12:29 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.
10:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. (Early Release)
Full-Day Pre-K 4
8:10 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
8:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. (Early Release)
To take advantage of our high-quality Pre-K program, students must come to school every day. Pre-K students fall under Compulsory Attendance Law. Therefore, they are expected to attend school and follow the Arlington ISD school district calendar.
Nap/rest time is included in the Arlington ISD Pre-K 4 full-day schedule.
Students at one of our thirty elementary campuses operating the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) will receive free meal benefits. Students at one of our six elementary campuses operating Universal Breakfast will receive free breakfast benefits. Lunch benefits at these six campuses and some AISD schools will be based on income or by categorical participation in one of the following programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), foster, migrant, Head Start, or homeless (including runaway or displaced) program. Please contact your school for more information.
Most Arlington ISD schools provide after-school care. Please contact your campus for more details.