Pre-K Registration FAQ

  • How do I register for Pre-K?

    Registration for full-day Pre-K opens Monday, April 5 and is 100% online. Registration is not complete until the campus has received all qualifying documentation. All registration documents must be uploaded or emailed to registrationhelp@chisd.net. Required documents include a birth certificate, shot records, social security card, proof of residency, and parent ID. Qualification documents must be provided in person at the Enrollment Center; parents will need to use this link to set up an appointment at the Enrollment Center. 

    Out-of-district Pre-K scholars - students who do reside outside of CHISD will be automatically waitlisted until after Labor Day; at that time if space permits evaluation of out-of-district Pre-K students will take place, but there is no guarantee spots will be available.

     

    How do I submit my documents to qualify for free Pre-K?

    The Centralized Enrollment Center, located at 504 E Beltline Rd, will be taking appointments for parents/guardians to bring in documents to verify qualification for our free Pre-K program. Due to COVID-19 protocols we request all parents have an appointment for Pre-K qualification; if you are unable to make any of the days/times please email registrationhelp@chisd.net. Please click this link to set up an appointment. 

     

    How can I get a copy of my child’s birth certificate?

    If your child was born in Texas, you can order a copy of their birth certificate online by clicking here. The cost of ordering a copy of a Texas birth certificate is $22.

     

    How much does Pre-K cost?

    CHISD offers free and tuition-based Pre-K options. To find out if you qualify for free Pre-K, review the state qualifications here.  Tuition based prek is available at Bray Elementary, Collegiate Prep Elementary and Lake Ridge Elementary but the application window has closed for the 2021-22 school year.  

     

    Does the district offer full-day Pre-K?

    Yes, on June 5, 2017, the CHISD Board of Trustees approved full-day Pre-K at every elementary campus.

     

    How do I know which school I'm zoned for?

    Click here to access the School Finder tool.

     

    Can my child attend a school that is different from our attendance zone?

    Yes, if a district transfer is approved. However, all students must register at their home campus and must complete all registration requirements before a transfer request is submitted; transfer requests will open to parents in May 2021..

     

    I don't live in Cedar Hill, can my child still attend a school within the district?

    Yes, CHISD schools are open to students in surrounding communities, as long as space is available. Out-of-district pre-k scholars will be automatically waitlisted until after Labor Day; at that time if space permits evaluation of out-of-district Pre-K students will take place, but there is no guarantee spots will be available.

     

    Which campuses offer full-day Pre-K and kindergarten?

    • Bray  Elementary - This campus offers an emphasis on fine arts, free prek is available to those who qualify and the campus also offers tuition based.
    • Collegiate Prep - This campus offers an emphasis on college preparation. Offers tuition based prek. Applications are currently closed for the 2021-22 school year.
    • High Pointe - free prek is available to those who qualify.
    • Highlands - free prek is available to those who qualify.
    • Lake Ridge - This campus offers free regular prek to those who qualify and tuition based Montessori prek. Applications are currently closed for the Montessori prek program.
    • Plummer - free prek is available to those who qualify.
    • Waterford Oaks - This campus offers an emphasis on computer programming, free prek is available to those who qualify.

     

    How safe are your schools?

    Your child's safety is a priority. Every campus has a secure entrance, and the district employs police officers and security guards.

     

    What is your student-to-teacher ratio in kindergarten?

    On average, there are 20 students in a class and one teacher.

     

    What if I have more questions?

    Email registrationhelp@chisd.net if you have any more questions.

     

     

    What are the qualifications for free Pre-k?

    If your child will be four years old by Sept. 1, 2021, they might be eligible for free full-day Pre-K based on one or more of the following:

    • Unable to speak and understand the English language
    • Economically disadvantaged (eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program)
    • Homeless
    • Child of a member of the United States armed forces (active, deceased or injured)
    • Has ever been in the care of the Texas Department of Family Services
    • Child of a receipt for the Star of Texas Award 

     

    If my family does not meet the qualifications for free prekindergarten, can I pay for my scholar to attend?

    • Yes. Tuition based prekindergarten is $450 a month for families and $225 a month for current CHISD employees. Families must complete the registration and enrollment process to secure their scholar’s spot.

     

    When will I be notified that my scholar is in a Pre-K program? 

    Parents of PreK students will be required to set up an appointment to bring their qualification documents to the Enrollment Center for review. During that appointment, your students status will be determined and if qualification is met they will be given a spot in our PreK

     

    How do I register my student for before and after school care?

    Elementary scholars receive care before and after school on their campus. The fee-based program is managed by a company called Right at School. Click here to register.

     

    How safe are your schools?
    Your child's safety is a priority. Every campus has a secure entrance, and the district employs police officers and security guards. To learn more about the district’s safety and security measures, click here.

    What do scholars learn in prekindergarten?

    CHISD follows the State of Texas' PreK curriculum guidelines, which include oral language development, early literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, personal, social and physical development.

     

    Is prekindergarten mandatory?

    • PreK is not mandatory. For scholars enrolled in PreK, attendance is required and they are subject to compulsory school attendance rules while they are enrolled in school.