Tuition-based Pre-K at Austin ISD

Who is eligible for the Tuition-based Pre-K Program?

Children who are four years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year and who do not qualify for the Early Childhood Special Education program (ECSE) or the state-mandated Pre-K program for qualifying students are eligible to enroll in the tuition-based Pre-K program.

What are the benefits of the Tuition-based Pre-K Program?

  • Certified teachers in every classroom specifically trained to work with young children;
  • Pre-K for four-year-olds follows the regular elementary school schedule;
  • Child-centered, hands-on learning;
  • Focused on developing children academically, physically and socially.

What is the cost of the Tuition-based Pre-K Program?

  • Annual tuition is $4,950 per student and $550 per month for the full-day Pre-K4 program.
  • Annual tuition is $2,475 per student and $275 per month for the half-day Pre-K3 program. 

The annual tuition cost per student is payable annually, by semester, or by nine monthly auto bank drafts of $550 for Pre-K4 and $275 for Pre-K3. Tuition paid annually or by semester can be done with a check mailed to AISD Early Childhood 4000 S. IH 35 Frontage Rd, 6th Floor, Austin TX, 78704, or bank draft.

Where will my child attend Pre-K?

A family may choose to register to any campus in Austin ISD that offers tuition-based Pre-K. However, families must provide their own transportation and apply for a transfer if the campus is not their child's home school. Find your child's home campus based on residential address.

If the transfer is approved and the campus is not frozen, a child may remain at that same transferred campus for kindergarten. If the campus is frozen, the family must complete a new transfer application, which will be subject to all the provisions of the AISD transfer policy. (Download the transfer application PDF form in English. Download the transfer application PDF form in Spanish.)

If the campus is frozen, the transfer application will be subject to all the provisions of the AISD transfer policy. Children with chronic attendance issues may be removed from the Pre-K program.

How do I start the registration process?

Families must create a parent cloud account at and complete online registration, then fill the Pre-K tuition-based forms from the AISD Early Childhood site beginning Jan. 3rd. To be considered for the Pre-K tuition program, submit both Pre-K tuition-based forms with student ID to

Priority consideration will be given to siblings, home school students and AISD staff dependents. 

If there are more students than there is space at a specific campus, a lottery will be conducted. Completed packets submitted after Jan. 31 will not be considered in the initial placement lottery.

After the lottery, Pre-K tuition forms will continue to be accepted. Students will be accepted or placed on a waitlist based on availability. Acceptance and waitlist letters will be emailed to families by the end of March.

To complete the enrollment process the documents listed below must be submitted to the campus when staff returns to campuses. The first three items are provided by the campus:

  • Student registration and data verification form (2020–21 SR290);

  • Income verification form;

  • Home language survey;

  • The child’s birth certificate;

  • Picture ID of the parent/guardian enrolling the student;

  • Proof of residence;

  • Immunization;

  • Social Security card (optional).

If you have any additional questions about the tuition process, please contact Diana Perez at 512-414-9684 or