• Frequently Asked Questions (En Espanol)

    Early Learning (Pre-K 3&4)

    How old does my child need to be to start school?

    For a student to qualify for the Pre-K3 program, the child must have turned three years old on or before September 1st of the school year in which they intend to enroll. Similarly, a child must be four on or before September 1st to qualify for the Pre-K 4 program and 5 years old for Kindergarten.

    Who is eligible for the Pre-K program?

    In addition to the age requirements above, students must meet at least one of the following requirements to qualify for free Pre-K 3 or 4 with Dallas ISD:

    • The child is eligible to take part in the national free or reduced-price school lunch program. (click here to see if you qualify)
    • The child is unable to speak and comprehend the English language.
    • The child is homeless.
    • The child is a dependent of an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces.
    • The child is or has been in foster care
    • The child is a dependent of a recipient of the Star of Texas Award.

    Tuition-based Pre-K is also available to 4-year old’s who do not meet any of the above qualifications. For a list of schools where tuition-based Pre-K is available, click here

    How do I enroll for Pre-K?

    Please visit your local campus, or your neighborhood enrollment center (listed below), with the following required documents to obtain the PowerSchool Access information needed to complete the PreK online enrollment forms.

    • The child’s birth certificate
    • The child’s current immunization record
    • The child’s social security card (optional, but will save time if you have it)
    • Proof of residence (a utility bill or lease)
    • Picture ID of the child’s parent or guardian
    • Proof of income for all working members of the household, or a SNAP/TANF statement (if the child is eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches)
    • Military ID card of parent or guardian (if applicable)
    • Court papers indicating conservatorship or foster child placement (if applicable)

    Space is limited, don’t wait! Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year begins April 1st, 2019!

    What if I don’t have access to a computer at home or need help?

    For assistance during any part of this process, visit your local campus during school hours or one of the neighborhood enrollment centers listed below. (If you do not know the address of your local elementary school, simply use the school zone finder here)

    Contact Us

    For more information regarding Pre-K enrollment locations or requirements, visit the Early Learning webpage or contact the Early learning department at Prek@dallasisd.org or 214-932-7735.


    What is my child’s zoned school?

    Our interactive map, available here, allows you to enter your residential address and see what Elementary, Middle, and High School you are zoned for.

    Once I find our school, how do I enroll my child?

    Parents and guardians of students that are new to Dallas ISD may visit their neighborhood school, or your nearest enrollment center, with the following documents:

    • The child’s birth certificate
    • The child’s social security card (optional, but will save time if you have it)
    • The child’s most current immunization records
    • Proof of residency (a utility bill or lease/mortgage agreement)
    • Picture ID of the child’s parent or guardian
    • Court papers indicating conservatorship or foster child placement (if applicable)
    • Previous school records (if applicable)

    After your child has been issued a DISD number, you will be able to complete the enrollment forms online through Unified Classroom.

    What if I don’t have the required documents? Can we still enroll?

    Dallas ISD does allow 30 days from the enrollment date to submit certain documentation. Please contact the child’s school or the office of centralized enrollment to discuss your options.

    What other school options do I have?

    Dallas ISD offers a variety of programs throughout the district to enrich, inspire, and nurture the academic and social/emotional needs of all our students. To find a program that best suits your child’s needs and interests, click here.
    Keep in mind, most of these schools are application based and less likely to accept students throughout the school year.

    How many schools can we apply to?

    When can we apply to the choice/magnet schools?

    Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available starting November 3, 2018 at the Discover Dallas ISD event. The links above will direct you to the appropriate webpages to view the entry requirements for each program as well as the application process and deadlines, though most will have a deadline of January 31st, 2019.

    Enrollment Centers

    Where can I go if I need help enrolling my child?

    For enrollment assistance, you may visit your child’s school or one of the 4 new neighborhood enrollment centers. You may also call 972.925.5555 or email enroll@dallasisd.org with any questions.

    • Northeast ONE Center

    Linus D Wright Dallas ISD Administration Building
    9400 N Central Expressway; 2nd Floor
    Dallas, Texas 75231

    • Northwest ONE Center

    Emmet J. Conrad High School
    7502 Fair Oaks Ave
    Dallas, TX 75231

    • Southeast ONE Center

    Turney W Leonard Governance and Training Center
    5151 Samuell Blvd
    Dallas, TX 75222

    • Southwest ONE Center

    L. G. Pinkston High School
    2200 Dennison St.
    Dallas, TX 75212

    • Central ONE Center

    Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Early College
    1700 E Camp Wisdom Rd, Room 201
    Dallas, TX 75232


    What if we want to attend a Dallas ISD school outside of our school zone?

    All transfers to another neighborhood school must be approved before the beginning of the semester by the campus you would like your child to attend. Click here to access the student transfer application. Please note, acceptances are based on the capacity of the school and up to the principal’s discretion.

    Schools of choice may require a separate application. Visit the school of choice webpage for their specific entry requirements.

    We are on a student transfer this year. Do I have to reapply each year?

    No. Once your child has been approved for a transfer, they may attend that school without reapplying until the last grade offered.


    Is transportation provided?

    Transportation is provided for most of the programs offered within Dallas ISD, but not all. Check with the school your child will be attending for specific information regarding bus routes to and from school.

    Transportation routes will also be available through the department of transportation’s webpage as soon as 2 weeks prior to the start of school