Pre-Kindergarten Program FAQ

2017-2018 School Year

When and how do I apply for Pre-Kindergarten?

  • The application window will open April 3-7, 2017.  The online application will be available on the Huntsville City Schools website and school readiness webpage.  If you are not able to access the online application, please contact any elementary school for assistance or the readiness department (256-428-6886).
  • The application process will reopen on July 10, 2017 when schools open for the upcoming school year.  Applications will continue to be accepted until/through February 28, 2018.
  • For magnet schools (AAA, ASFL) Pre-K application window, please refer to the magnet school website at www.huntsvillecityschools.com.

What is Pre-Kindergarten Kid Skills?

  • This is a blended program that includes 50% of students ages three and four with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and 50% typically developing four year olds.
  • Typical four year olds will be screened to determine readiness level as a model peer.
  • If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), you should contact the special education department if you have questions or concerns (256-428-6872). 

How does the selection process work?

  • Huntsville City Schools uses a computer program to select students for the pre-k program.
  • The program gives priority to students based on at-risk factors and other eligibility criteria identified by Huntsville City Schools.

What happens if my child is selected?

  • If selected, parents will be notified via email and/or phone call of provisional acceptance within two weeks after the application process closes.
  • This acceptance will be contingent upon the verification of all eligibility/required documents stated in the provisional acceptance letter and attendance at the mandatory orientation. 
  • All documents must be brought to the school by the date specified on the acceptance letter.  The date for the mandatory orientation will be on your provisional acceptance letter as well.  
  • The child is considered fully enrolled after the following:
    1. All documents have been verified by the school site.
    2. Parents have attended the mandatory orientation.
    3. Parents have completed INFOSNAP registration.

What documents are required if selected?

  • Age verification document (such as: birth certificate, passport, official medical document, or official document from another country)
  • Two (2) proofs of residence (1st-signed lease, copy of a deed, mortgage statement, 2nd utility bill, cable or land line telephone bill)
  • Immunization Record (Blue Card, most current)
  • Parent/Guardian Photo ID
  • Proof of Temporary Guardianship (if applicable)
  • Proof of Legal Custody (if applicable)
  • Additional documents may be requested

What happens if my child is placed on the wait list?

  • If you have not received a provisional acceptance letter by the end of April, your child will be automatically placed on the wait list. 
  • If a vacancy occurs in a Pre-K classroom, an applicant will be selected and offered the available slot.
  • The wait list will remain active throughout the school year. 

What is “Meet Your Teacher Day”?

  • This event will take place before the start of the new school year.  The teacher will notify parents of the date and time.  It is important that students have an opportunity to become acquainted with the teacher and new school environment prior to the first day of school.

What is Staggered Start?

  • August 2nd is the first day of school.  Half of the students will report on August 2, 2017 and the other half on the August 3, 2017. 
  • The teacher will let parents know what day the child will report on, either August 2, 2017 or August 3, 2017. 
  • All students will report on Friday, August 4, 2017. 

Is the program a full day and is there a cost?

  • The Huntsville City Schools program is held 6.5 hours a day, and there is no cost.
  • Start times may vary depending on the grade level structure:   Pre-K-5, Pre-K-6, Pre-K-8

Is attendance mandatory?

  • Once students are accepted into the Pre-K program, daily attendance is mandatory.  We follow the Huntsville City Schools Attendance Policy. 

How many students per class?

  • Each class may have up to18 students with a certified lead teacher and a highly-qualified instructional assistant (Kid Skills will vary, but will have one certified teacher and two instructional assistants).

Is transportation provided by the district?

  • Parents are responsible for transporting students daily.  Transportation may be provided for students with an IEP.  Students must be signed in and out daily by a parent or an adult guardian.

 Is there an afterschool program?

  • Appleton Learning extended day is available at some sites. Contact the schools for more information.

Is there a curriculum?

  • Huntsville City Schools uses Opening the World of Learning (OWL), a Pearson research-based program.
  • The OWL curriculum is aligned with Alabama Developmental Standards for Pre-School children.

Are there Head Start classes available?

  • Huntsville City Schools houses Head Start classes in several of our elementary schools.  This program accepts three and four year olds.
  • For more information about Head Start, please contact Community Action Partnership of North Alabama.
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