Tuition-based Pre-K at Austin ISD

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

Children who are 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year and who do not qualify for the either the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities or the state-mandated Pre-K program provided 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
  • Six-hour full day programming
  • 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 $4,656 per student for the full-day Pre-K4 program.
  • Annual tuition is $2,328 per student 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 $517.33 for Pre-K4 and $258.67 for Pre-K3. Tuition paid annually or by semester can be done with a check or bank draft.

Where will my child attend Pre-K?

A family may choose to send their student to any campus in AISD 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 can obtain Pre-K tuition-based packets from any campus that offers the program. Packets will be available beginning Jan. 2, 2019, for the 2019–20 school year.

Completed packets and all required documents must be submitted to the campus no later than the end of business on Jan. 31, 2019.

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, campuses will continue to accept registration packets for the Tuition-based Pre-K Program. 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.

Completed registration packets must include: 

  • Tuition-Based Parent Agreement Form 
  • Transfer Request Form (if not home school) 
  • Student registration and data verification form (2019–20 SR290) 
  • Income verification form 
  • Home language survey
  • The child’s birth certificate 
  • Picture ID of the parent/guardian enrolling the student 
  • Proof of residence

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