MISD expanding to offer tuition-based pre-K

MIDLAND Midland ISD will launch a brand new tuition-based Pre-K in the fall of 2024. This new opportunity is designed specifically for families who may not qualify for traditional Pre-K, but still desire expanded education for their young children.

Beginning with the 2024-25 school year, MISD will offer tuition Pre-K seats at Bowie Fine Arts Academy (11 spots) and Scharbauer Elementary School (22 spots).

“Expanding access to quality early childhood education is a key goal for MISD,” Andrea Messick, executive director of Elementary Teaching and Learning, said in a news release. “By offering additional Pre-K seats, we provide more opportunities for young learners and address a need in our community.”

The Pre-K program will operate from 7:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. on the regular MISD school calendar. All Pre-K classrooms will have a certified teacher and a teacher’s aide and will use a comprehensive curriculum that covers 100% of the Texas Pre-K Guidelines.

“The program is aligned with the district’s Strategic Plan, with success measured through goal progress measures approved by the school board,” Messick said in the release. “Students will be assessed in phonological awareness and math three times a year through the online CLI platform.”

Parents will have the opportunity to apply, and students will be selected via lottery. The monthly tuition for the program will be $350, and tuition will be collected from August through May. To apply, parents can visit the MISD Central Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, or schedule an appointment by calling 432-240-1530 or emailing [email protected] between May 29 and May 31.

The lottery will be held on Wednesday, June 5. Parents must respond to lottery offers by June 7. Families will be contacted the week of June 10 with placement information and will have the option of being placed on a waitlist if a seat is not offered. If offers are not accepted, an additional lottery will take place the week of June 17.

Students who qualify for free Pre-K may also apply to be in the lottery for the class at Bowie, where 11 tuition and 11 eligible seats will be offered.

For more information, please see application instructions, Tuition Pre-K FAQ, or call 432-240-1530 or email [email protected].