School Readiness (Pre-K)

HCS School Readiness Department

The School Readiness Department works to ensure that Pre-Kindergarten students have access to a high-quality, developmentally appropriate learning environment to prepare them for school success.  Each class climate will assure individualized learning that supports diversity, curiosity and self-regulation.  The children in the Pre-K programs play, create, explore, learn and succeed.   The Pre-K programs are aligned to meet and exceed the ten Quality Indicator Benchmarks as defined by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).  The curriculum used is research-based and aligned with state and national standards.  The program requirements are built on the premise that to be successful academically in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the following developmental domains: 

  • Approach to play and learning
  • Emotional and social development
  • Health and physical development
  • Language development and communication
  • Cognitive development

It's Pre-K Application Time! (Outreach Sessions)

Who: Parents of Upcoming Pre-K Students

What: Huntsville City Schools Pre-K Parent Outreach Information Sessions

Attend to find out: 1) How to apply for Pre-K (April 2nd - 9th); 2) How to prepare your child for Pre-K; 3) Answers to frequently asked questions

Where (Parents are welcome to attend at any of the locations listed below:

All meetings will begin at 5:30PM

  • Monday, March 19th: Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary & Williams P-8 (Elementary Side) 
  • Wednesday, March 21st: Challenger Elementary & Ridgecrest Elementary (**Williams Elementary School - 8:30 a.m.**)
  • Thursday, March 22nd: Rolling Hills Elementary & Providence Elementary

Pre-K Application 2018-2019

The Huntsville City Schools Pre-K Application for the 2018-2019 school year will open on April 2, 2018 (8:00 a.m.) and close on April 9, 2018 (8:00 a.m.). Please remember that children must be age 4, on or before September 1, 2018 to be considered in the application process. (The application for AAA and ASFL has already taken place. This application is for non-magnet schools only.; For additional information, please visit our most frequently asked questions.)

Click here to view the Pre-K Up-Close Video

Pre-K "Meet the Teacher"

If your child has already been fully accepted into a Huntsville City Schools Pre-K Program, please contact the school for information about "Meet the Teacher."

Questions? Visit our FAQ page

Raise Smarter, Happier Babies

It’s never too early for education to begin! The LENA Start™ program uses the LENA System to help parents of infants and toddlers (0-30 months) close the "talk gap" to build their babies' brains, improve their social and emotional well-being, and help prepare them for school and for life. 

To complete an application for LENA Start, please click here

School Readiness Director:

Helen Scott

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