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Pre-Kindergarten Program
Tuition Supported Pre-Kindergarten Program Registration Process
  • Students registering by March 23, 2017, will be guaranteed enrollment into the Pre-K program. The district tries to place all students at their attendance zone campus; however, unpredictable enrollment on campuses may prevent that from always happening.
  • A $100 deposit fee will be collected at the time of registration; only checks will be accepted.
  • March registrants will be accepted into a place in the Pre-K program, but campus assignments will be made after the June registration date. 
  • After the June registration, if the student's home campus is full and there is availability in the Pre-K program on other campuses, a parent may choose to send their student to another campus. However, they would provide their own transportation.
  • After all Pre-K positions have been filled, an official waiting list will be developed. At that time, anyone on the waiting list will have the $100 deposit returned.
  • For those who have secured a position in the Pre-K program and then decide not to participate, the deposit fee will not be returned. However, those who decide before the placements have been made not to participate in the Pre-K program will have the deposit refunded.

Tuition-Supported Pre-K Program for Out-of-District Students
  • A Student Transfer Application will need to be completed, along with the required registration forms for the Tuition-Supported Pre-K Program.
  • There is a non-refundable $35 transfer application fee due at the time of registration, in addition to the $100 deposit fee.
  • This application fee does not guarantee a place in the Pre-K program.
  • Students who live in the district will be considered first if the program size is limited.
  • Transportation is to be provided by the parent.

  • All Pre-K forms and registration forms must be complete at the time of registration.
  • All enrollment documents must be provided before the child will be enrolled.

State Mandated Pre-Kindergarten Program
To be eligible for enrollment in the state-mandated Pre-K program, a child must be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1, live in the district, and must;

  • Be unable to speak and/or comprehend the English language; or
  • Be educationally disadvantaged (qualify for free/reduced lunch); or
  • Be homeless, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 11302, regardless of the residence of either parent of the child, or of the child's guardian or other person having lawful control of the child; or
  • Be the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of The United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces who is ordered to active duty by proper authority; or
  • Be the child of a member of the armed forces of The United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces who was injured or killed while serving on active duty; or
  • Is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing under Family Code 262.201. 

Tuition-Supported Pre-Kindergarten Program

Children who are 4years old on or before Sept. 1 and who do not qualify for either the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities or the state-mandated pre-kindergarten program provided for qualifying students are eligible to enroll in the Tuition-Supported Pre-Kindergarten Program at Dripping Springs, Rooster Springs, Sycamore Springs or Walnut Springs Elementary School. 

Quality Early Childhood Program

Dripping Springs ISD elementary schools provide a language- and literacy-enriched environment where children have hands-on opportunities for learning. Our child-centered program follows the developmentally appropriate practices outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The curriculum framework follows the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines and provides an instructional program that is vertically aligned with the Kindergarten Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.


Dripping Springs ISD elementary schools use the framework of the 202 student expectations in the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines. These instructional objectives fall into the categories of language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, physical development, fine arts, personal and social development, health and safety, and technology. The Texas Education Agency website provides more detailed information about these Guidelines.


Each campus has a principal, office staff, registered nurse, librarian, and counselor. The Dripping Springs pre-kindergarten teachers are degreed and certified to teach young children. The teaching assistants receive ongoing training with teachers in pre-kindergarten curriculum and effective teaching strategies.

Regular bus transportation service will be provided for tuition pre-kindergarten students who qualify to ride school bus transportation without the need for a child safety seat (student >40 pounds).  Pre-kindergarten students will be served on the regular DSISD elementary school transportation routes and schedule. Students who do not live in the district and DSISD residents who attend a campus other than the one in whose attendance zone they reside are not eligible for DSISD transportation.

Residency/Student Admission

A student must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of that school year to attend as a tuition-supported pre-kindergarten student. Children who are five years old on or before Sept. 1 are eligible to attend public school kindergarten and are not eligible to participate in any pre-kindergarten program in DSISD.

The tuition-supported pre-kindergarten program is open to out-of-district transfer students as well as to children living within the Dripping Springs ISD community. There is a limited number of openings for these tuition-supported students at each elementary campus. Students should be registered on the campus in whose residency zone they reside. Out-of-district transfer students may request the campus of their choice; please read Transfer FAQs for detailed information.

Students who meet eligibility criteria for state or federally funded programs attend at no charge. Age requirements may differ for these programs.

Tuition and Fees (2017-18 School Year)
Annual tuition is $5,800 per student. A $100 deposit fee, payable at registration, will be deducted from the total tuition. There are three payment options:

1) If the total annual tuition is paid in full in advance, with a check or credit card, a $200 discount will be applied ($5,500 payable on or before the first day of the fall semester).

2) If each semester’s tuition is paid in advance, a $100 discount will be applied ($2,750 payable on or before the first day of each semester).

3) Parents who wish to pay on a monthly basis must agree to an automatic payment from a debit or credit card, and no discount will apply. Tuition programs are limited to available space on each campus.

The district may not adopt a tuition rate for the pre-kindergarten program that is higher than necessary to cover the added costs of providing the program, including any costs associated with collecting, reporting, and analyzing data under Section 29.1532 (c) and must submit the proposed tuition rate to the commissioner for approval.

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