Pre-Kindergarten Program FAQ
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2019-2020 School Year Frequently Asked Questions
When and how do I apply for Pre-Kindergarten?
- The application window will open April 1 - 8, 2019. The online application will be available on the Huntsville City Schools website on the 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).
- Each applying family will have to complete two applications: 1) The Huntsville City Schools PreK Application 2) The Alabama First Class PreK Application (both application links will be located on the School Readiness webpage).
- The application process will RE-OPEN from July 8, 2019 – December 31, 2019.
- The Magnet Schools (AAA, ASFL) Pre-K application window typically opens and closes in the fall. Please contact the magnet school department for more information.
What is the age requirement to apply for Pre-Kindergarten?
- Children must be four on or before September 1st of application year (children who are eligible for Kindergarten are ineligible to apply).
- Applicants must be residents of Huntsville and can only be selected for the school zone in which they live.
- A child cannot be retained or spend an extra year in Pre-Kindergarten.
How does the selection process work?
- Huntsville City Schools uses a computer program to select children for the pre-k program.
- The program gives priority to children 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 of provisional acceptance within two weeks after the initial 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 provisional acceptance letter. The date for the mandatory orientation will also be on your provisional acceptance letter.
- The child is considered fully enrolled after the following occurs:
- All documents have been verified by the school site
- Parents have attended the Mandatory Orientation
- Completion Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)
- Completion of new student registration (can only be done after attending mandatory orientation)
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, and your child is selected you will be notified via email and phone.
- The wait list will remain active throughout the school year.
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 (most current)
- Parent/Guardian Photo ID
- Proof of Temporary Guardianship (if applicable)
- Proof of Legal Custody (if applicable)
- Additional documents may be requested
What is “Meet Your Teacher Day”?
- This day is designed for students and parents to have an opportunity to become acquainted with the teacher and new school environment prior to the first full day of school.
- This event will take place August 5 and August 6, 2019. Teachers will notify parents of the date and time that they are scheduled to attend.
What is Staggered Start?
- Staggered start allows the students an opportunity to get adjusted to the classroom in a small setting.
- Fifty percent of the students will report on August 7 and the others on August 8, 2019.
- All students will report on Friday, August 9, 2019.
What is a Blended Classroom?
- Blended program includes 50% of children ages three and four with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and 50% typically developing four-year-old (typical four-year-olds will be screened to determine readiness level as a model peer).
- If you have concerns regarding your child relating to developmental delays, behavioral or any other issues, please contact the special education department at (256) 428-6875.
Is the program a full day and is there a cost?
- The program is 6.5 hours per day (students must be signed in and out daily by a parent or an adult guardian).
- There will be a cost beginning this school year (we will publish this information once the board approves).
- Start times may vary depending on the grade level structures: P-5, P-6, P-8 (no classes will start prior to 7:45 am. and the instructional day will not start before 8:00 a.m.)
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?
- Some classes may have up to18 children, with a certified lead teacher and an auxiliary teacher.
Is transportation provided by the district?
- Parents are responsible for transporting students daily (transportation may be provided for students with an IEP).
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.
- Second Step & I See, I Learn
- Conscious Discipline
What assessments are used?
- STAR Early Literacy
- Teaching Strategies Gold
- Opening the World of Learning (OWL)
- Imagine Learning
Are there Head Start classes available?
- Head Start classes are housed 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.
Is there an afterschool program?
- Extended day is available at some sites. Contact the schools for more information.