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FAQ

PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

FAQ:  2016-2017 School Year

 

When and how do I apply for Pre-Kindergarten?

  • The application window will open April 4-8, 2016.  The online application will be available on the Huntsville City Schools website and Pre-K webpage. If you are not able to access the online application, computers will be available at each elementary school site.
  • The application process will reopen on July 11, 2016 when schools open for the upcoming school year. Applications will continue to be accepted until February 28, 2017.
  • For information about the magnet schools (AAA, ASFL) Pre-K application window, please refer to the magnet school website at www.huntsvillecityschools.com.

 

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Child must be four on or before September 1, 2016.
  • You must reside in Huntsville and are only eligible to apply for the school zone in which you live.
  • If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), you must contact the special education department for assistance (256-428-6872).

 

How does the selection process work?

  • Huntsville City Schools uses a computer program to select students for the Pre-Kindergarten Program.
  • The program gives priority to children based on their financial need and other risk factors identified by Huntsville City Schools (e.g. single-parent household, foster family, etc.).

 

What happens if my child is selected?

  • If selected, parents will be notified via U.S. mail and email of provisional acceptance within two weeks after the application process closes. This acceptance will be contingent upon the verification of all eligibility/required documents 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 parent attends the mandatory orientation meeting.  The parent will then be able to complete 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 (such as: a signed lease, copy of a deed, utility bill, cable 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 an 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. 

 

How does the selection process work for typical students being placed in a Pre-Kindergarten KidSkills class?

  • KidSkills is a blended class that includes children with special needs (identified with an IEP) and typically developing four year olds.
  • Typical students must be screened for placement in order to determine the developmental level in regards to readiness for school as a model peer.
  • Typical children will be chosen from the wait list to be screened, depending on the parents pre-approval on the application.
  • Parents will be notified of screening dates, times, and locations. Immediately following the screening process, you will know if the child meets the criteria for acceptance, as well as next steps. If the child does not qualify, he/she will be placed back on the wait list.
  • Screening will take place during late April and early May.
  • If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), you must contact the special education department for assistance (256-428-6872). 

 

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. Students will be able to visit the classroom, tour the school and meet the principal. 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 3, 2016 is the first day of school.  Half of the students will report on August 3, 2016 and the other half on the August 4, 2016. 
  • The teacher will let parents know what day the child will report on, either August 3, 2016 or August 4, 2016. 
  • All students will report on Friday, August 5, 2016. 

 

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 will have up to18 students with a certified lead teacher and a highly-qualified instructional assistant (KidSkills 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. 
  • 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 students.

 

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 old students.

 For more information about Head Start, please contact Community Action Partnership of North Alabama at (www.northalabamacommunities.org).

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