Welcome to 2022-2023 PreK4 & Kindergarten Pre-Registration
Online Registration is now open for brand new PreK4 and Kindergarten students coming into the district for the 2022-2023 school year. Click here to begin the application or follow the instructions below to register your student(s).
Please note the following:
- Information entered in the registration form only begins the enrollment process, but does not constitute actual enrollment into any program or agreement of educational services provided by BISD.
- Campus staff will review all information/documents submitted to evaluate a student's eligibility and work with the enrolling parent/legal guardian to complete the student's enrollment prior to the start of school.
- It is important to understand, a student's eligibility cannot be determined until all information and required documents are received and verified. Completion of additional forms and paperwork may also be necessary to finalize the student's enrollment.
Review Eligibility Requirements
The Texas Legislature determines eligibility requirements for free, public prekindergarten in Texas. Beaumont ISD offers a free, prekindergarten program for eligible students who turn 4 years of age on or before September 1st of the school year in which they intend to enroll.
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To be eligible for kindergarten, Texas students must have turned 5 years old on or before September 1. Compulsory school age in Texas is age 6. However, if a student enrolls in school before the age of 6, then he or she would be subject to the compulsory attendance laws.
Gather Required Documents
Be prepared to go through your files ahead of time and to gather the documents and paperwork you’ll need for registration. Use the checklists and the list of additonal documents for PreK4 provided for your below to ensure you have everything you need. For your convenience, you will have the opportunity to upload the documents during the online registration process. But, don't panic if you are unable to attach the documents at this time. An appointment will scheduled for you at a future date to submit the required paperwork.
Document upload tip(s): If using a computer, scan or upload all documents before starting the registration process. If using a phone or smart device, take a picture of and save all documents before you start the registration process.
Enrollment Checklist and FAQ
Additional Documents for PreK4 Eligibility Determination
- Educationally Disadvantaged- Proof of Income
- Current SNAP or TANF documentation
- Current paycheck stub (at least two current paycheck stubs)
- Current pay envelope (when paid in cash)
- Letter from employer stating gross wages paid and how often they are paid
- Unemployment, Worker’s Compensation or Disability payment stub
- Acceptable documentation for self-employment income include: Business or farming documents, such as ledger books and/or self-issued paycheck stub
- Military Dependent-Military orders or Military ID Card
- Foster Care- Foster Care Letter or legal court documents
- Star of Texas Award - Provide resolution (certificate) awarded
- Educationally Disadvantaged- Proof of Income
Click here to register at the zoned campus.
The registration process will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete, including time to upload and attach documents. Please ensure you allot time to fully complete the application in one setting as information will not be saved if you exit prior to submitting the form. Additionally, once the form is submitted you will not be able to go in and make changes to the information entered. Once the campus resumes normal operations, it may be necessary to schedule an appointment to update information and provide additional documents.
What school will my child attend?
The district strives to ensure students attend their zoned school based on the proof of residency provided by the parent/guardian. Unlike Kindergarten and other grade levels, Beaumont ISD does not offer PreK4 classes at every elementary campus. However, there will be a spot in the program for any student who is eligible for prekindergarten. Students will attend PreK4 at the campus that serves their elementary zone based on the home address of the parent/legal guardian. In the event of limitation of enrollment at a campus due to space/staffing constraints or in the event the student requires special instructional services which are not available at the zoned campus, students may be assigned to attend classes at another district campus as applicable.
PreK4 Campus Assignments:
School Locator Tool:
You may also use the Transportation Finder tool to help you locate your child's zoned campus. Click here.
Note, the results of using this tool are provided for informational purposes only. Final student placement is determined by school officials in accordance with district policies related to evidence of proof of residency and/or placement in special programs.
Click here to register at the student's zoned campus!
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS IF I DO NOT HAVE A COMPUTER OR DEVICE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION?
You can use any web-enabled device, including a tablet or smartphone. Be sure you use the Chrome Browser. Additionally, there will be opportunities to schedule an appointment to go to your child's campus and utilize a device as well as summer and back-to-school registration events..
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOESN'T MEET THE GUIDELINES FOR FREE PREK4?
BISD does not offer PreK4 to students who do not meet eligibility guidelines. School officials will work with parents to thoroughly review and evaluate a student's eligibility.
WHAT IF I WOULD LIKE MY CHILD TO ATTEND PREK4 AT A CAMPUS OTHER THAN OUR 'ZONED' CAMPUS?
Beaumont ISD does not offer prekindergarten classes at every elementary campus; however, there will be a spot in the program for any student who is eligible for prekindergarten. Students will attend PreK4 at the campus that serves their elementary zone based on the home address of the parent/legal guardian. In the event of limitation of enrollment at a campus due to space/staffing constraints or in the event the student requires special instructional services which are not available at the zoned campus, PreK4 students may be assigned to attend classes at Lucas PK4 or another district campus as applicable. Because enrollment in PreK4 is based on meeting state criteria for acceptance, school choice transfers to other campuses is not offered.
CAN MY 3 YEAR OLD ATTEND THE PREK4 PROGRAM SINCE HE/SHE IS ADVANCED?
Beaumont ISD offers PreK3 services at the Bingman Head Start Center. Please contact the campus office at 409-617-6200 to discuss enrollment criteria.
MAY A CHILD WHO IS 5 YEARS OLD ON SEPTEMBER 1 BE ENROLLED IN PREK4?
A child who is 5 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year is eligible for and generally enrolled in Kindergarten. However, Senate Bill 1697, recently passed in the 87th Texas Legislative session, does provide parents/guardians the right to opt for their child to:
- repeat prekindergarten;
- enroll in prekindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in prekindergarten in the previous school year, under TEC, §29.153(b), and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;
These decisions should be discussed with school administrators to ensure the best decision is made for your student.
MY CHILD WILL TURN FIVE SHORTLY AFTER SEPTEMBER 1. CAN HE/SHE GO TO KINDERGARTEN INSTEAD OF PREK4?
TEA and Texas public schools are governed by the Texas Education Code (TEC). A child must be at least five years of age on September 1 of the school year. A student younger than five years of age is entitled to the benefits of the Foundation School Program (i.e. kindergarten) if: (1) the student performs satisfactorily on the assessment instrument administered under Section 39.023(a) to students in the third grade; and (2) the district has adopted a policy for admitting students younger than five years of age.
WHAT IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS THAT WERE NOT ADDRESSED HERE?
You are welcome to contact the zoned campus by dialing 409-617-5000 and ask to speak with an office staff member of the school. Also, feel free to contact a team member in the Student Services Department @ 409-617-5109 or 409-617-5107 for additional assistance.