Tuition-Based Pre-Kindergarten

BISD to Offer Low Cost, Tuition-Based Pre-Kindergarten Next School Year
Posted on 02/18/2019
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In the 2019-2020 school year, Brazosport ISD is excited to have the opportunity to offer its staff and its community members who do not currently qualify for pre-kindergarten a low-cost, tuition based pre-kindergarten program at SFA STEM Academy, Freeport, Ogg, Griffith and Polk elementary schools, as space allows.

Due to the booming industrial expansion, the Brazosport area has experienced a shortage of housing. This has also affected the number of early childhood programs available, and created a spike in child care costs for many, causing some families to have to reconsider their career choices when day care costs and salaries are nearly equal. Offering a low-cost alternative that includes having a highly trained certified teacher for staff members will help the district fill needed positions in the district while also lifting the burden of high cost early childhood program offerings for its families. As of mid-February, 43 BISD employees have demonstrated interest in enrolling their children in the BISD full day tuition based program next school year for the Clute and Freeport feeder patterns.

The state of Texas allows school districts to offer on a tuition basis or use other funds to provide full-day pre-kindergarten classes to children not eligible for classes under Section 29.153.

Tuition-based students can only be enrolled into a BISD pre-kindergarten program once all eligible students have been enrolled. There is no guarantee a tuition-based program will be available. It is based on the enrollment of eligible students and that varies from year to year.

After all students that qualify for pre-kindergarten have been enrolled, spaces available at campus will be filled by tuition-based students following the priority below:

  • Children of BISD Employees
  • Students residing in the school’s zone (Richwood, Clute, and Freeport)

Brazosport costs for providing a program totals $5,140 per student. This is the proposed tuition rate that has been submitted and approved by the Commissioner for the 2019-2020 school year.

We look forward to expanding the full day pre-kindergarten to the Lake Jackson feeder pattern upon the completion of the new elementary schools, Brannen and Roberts.

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