Spring ISD launched its annual Pre-K Round Up on Monday with a comprehensive campaign to enroll as many prospective students as possible for what the district is hoping will be a normal 2021-22 school year.
“We are excited about welcoming our youngest students to the district and getting them enrolled as early as possible for the new school year,” said Spring ISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney E. Watson. “In addition, we’re looking for any new kindergarten students who might have opted out of Pre-K this year because of the pandemic. We want them to join us in August because we’re very confident that with the availability of vaccines, we’ll be able to offer a traditional in-person learning experience that parents will feel comfortable with and that students will enjoy.”
On Monday, the district opened its online registration portal. To enroll in Pre-K, students must be four years or older by Sept. 1 and meet certain eligibility requirements. For kindergarten, the age is five or older, also by Sept. 1. Parents can start the process by visiting www.springisd.org/prek and following the registration instructions. Should they have questions, the district is urging them to reach out to their neighborhood school.
To help spread the word about the benefits of a Pre-K education, the district is launching a marketing campaign that includes neighborhood walks, social media, billboards, bus wraps and other ads to help raise awareness. Spring ISD is also collaborating with the nonprofit organization Good Reason Houston to encourage student enrollment.
“We are using the tagline ‘Strong Start to a Bright Future’ because we know that Pre-K is the best way to put our students on a path to success in school,” said Chief of Innovation and Equity Dr. Lupita Hinojosa. “Our teachers are caring, certified and committed to ensuring every student has what they need to learn and grow.”
The district’s campaign also includes holding informational sessions at area apartment complexes so that parents of prospective students have the opportunity to learn more about the Pre-K program and ask questions.
This fall, Spring ISD is adding a new Pre-K program with its School for International Studies at Bammel – currently Bammel Middle. The campus will be transitioning into a prekindergarten through eighth-grade international school with a focus on foreign languages and world cultures.
This new school – open to any student across the district regardless of attendance zone – will offer the popular Dual-Language program that provides instruction for native English-speaking and native Spanish-speaking students. The goal is to help students achieve bi-literacy, bilingualism, high academic achievement in two languages, and multicultural understanding.
“We’re investing in Pre-K because we know how important it is for our students to have this strong start,” Watson said. “Whether parents choose this new program at Bammel or their neighborhood school, we’re ready to partner with them so their students can have the best possible experience and develop a true love of learning.”
For more information about the district’s Pre-K program, please visit www.springisd.org/prek.