Pre-Kindergarten Program

    Tuition-Supported Pre-Kindergarten Program Registration Process
    • The district tries to place all Pre-K students at their attendance zone campus; however, unpredictable enrollment on campuses may prevent that from always happening.
    • A $100 deposit fee will be collected at the time of registration. The registration fee may be submitted through the district's online payment system or brought in the form of a check during the times indicated for submission of documentation to complete the registration process. The link to access the district's online payment system is included as part of the online registration process, but may also be accessed by clicking here
    • Enrollment in the district's tuition-based prekindergarten program is determined by a lottery process. To be included in the lottery, individuals must have the online portion of the registration process completed, must submit all necessary enrollment documents, the registration fee paid and your students' immunization records must up to date. Registrants who meet these criteria will be placed into a lottery process for the campus to which they are zoned. Notification of seats awarded through the lottery process will be provided by the end of May. 
    • Individuals registering after the May registration window and after the lottery for enrollment has been conducted will be subject to the availability of seats based on enrollment and staffing numbers at each campus. 
    • If the student's home campus is full and there is availability in the Pre-K program on other campuses, a parent may choose to send their student to another campus. However, they would provide their own transportation and such transfer is limited to prekindergarten only.
    • After all Pre-K positions have been filled, an official waiting list will be developed. At that time, anyone on the waiting list will have the $100 deposit returned.
    • For those who have secured a position in the Pre-K program as of the first day of instruction and then decide not to participate, the deposit fee will not be returned. However, those who inform the district of non-participation prior to the first day of instruction will have the deposit refunded. 
    Tuition-Supported Pre-K Program for Out-of-District Students
    • A Student Transfer Application needs to be completed, along with the required registration forms for the Tuition-Supported Pre-K Program.
    • There is a non-refundable $35 transfer application fee due at the time of registration, in addition to the $100 deposit fee.
    • This application fee does not guarantee a place in the Pre-K program.
    • Students who live in the district will be considered first if the program size is limited.
    • Transportation is to be provided by the parent


    • All Pre-K forms and registration forms must be completed at the time of registration.
    • All enrollment documents must be provided before the child will be enrolled.
    • Online registration opens March 23, 2020-May 1, 2020. (You will receive a receipt once the online registration process has been submitted).
      • Proof of Residency is required to be included in the lottery. You will need to email your Proof of Residency by May 1, 2020, to the registrar at the campus your child is zoned for.

                      Dripping Springs Elementary email:

                      Walnut Springs Elementary email:

                      Rooster Springs Elementary email:

                      Sycamore Springs Elementary email:

                      Dripping Springs ISD:

      Documentation registration to zoned campus dates is August 4, 2020, from 8:00 am-5:00 pm.   

     **The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had provided a meal waiver which allowed for meals at no cost for all PK students for school year 2018/2019 and school year 2019/2020.  However, that waiver has been reassessed and it has not been renewed for the 2020/2021 school year.  

    For the 2020/2021 school year, parents of PK students will have the following meal options:
    • Purchase meals through their cafeteria account
    • Provide a lunch from home
    • Apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits  
    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Child Nutrition Services at (512)858-3057.
    State-Mandated Pre-Kindergarten Program
     To be eligible for enrollment in the state-mandated Pre-K program, a child must be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1, live in the district, and must:
    • Be unable to speak and/or comprehend the English language; or
    • Be economically disadvantaged (qualify for free/reduced lunch); or
    • Be homeless, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 11302, regardless of the residence of either parent of the child, or of the child's guardian or other person having lawful control of the child; or
    • Be the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces who is ordered to active duty by proper authority; or
    • Be the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces who was injured or killed while serving on active duty; or
    • Is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing under Family Code 262.201.
    • Be the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer (3106.002), firefighter (3106.003), or emergency medical first responder (3106.004).

    Documentation to verify qualifying reasons for enrollment is required at the time of registration. Examples of acceptable forms of documentation for qualification include: 

    • Language proficiency assessment administered by the district; 
    • Pay stubs, tax return statements, verification of enrollment in a state/federal programs such as SNAP or Medicaid; 
    • Statement of Residence-homeless classification; 
    • Verification of parental enrollment in the armed forces; 
    • Verification of the child being in conservatorship the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; 
    • Verification of parental employment as a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency medical first responder.


    Tuition-Supported Pre-Kindergarten Program

    Children who are 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 and who do not qualify for either the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities or the state-mandated pre-kindergarten program provided for qualifying students are eligible to enroll in the Tuition-Supported Pre-Kindergarten Program at Dripping Springs, Rooster Springs, Sycamore Springs or Walnut Springs Elementary School. The program follows the 177-day school calendar and is a full day (7:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m.).

    Residency/Student Admission
    A student must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of that school year to attend as a tuition-supported pre-kindergarten student. Children who are five years old on or before Sept. 1 are eligible to attend public school kindergarten and are not eligible to participate in any pre-kindergarten program in DSISD. 

    The tuition-supported pre-kindergarten program is open to out-of-district transfer students as well as to children living within the Dripping Springs ISD community. There is a limited number of openings for these tuition-supported students at each elementary campus. Students should be registered on the campus in whose residency zone they reside. Out-of-district transfer students may request the campus of their choice; please read Transfer FAQs for detailed information.

    Students who meet eligibility criteria for state or federally funded programs attend at no charge. Age requirements may differ for these programs.

    Tuition and Fees:
     (Updated Tuition information for the 2020-2021 school year)
    Annual tuition is $6,000 per student. A $100 deposit fee, payable at registration. There are three payment options:

    1) The total annual tuition is paid in full, with a check or credit card ($6,000 payable on or before the first day of the fall semester).

    2) Each semester’s tuition is paid,  ($3,000 payable on or before the first day of each semester).

    3) Parents who wish to pay on a monthly basis must agree to automatic payment from a debit or credit card. ($600 on the 15th of each month).

    Tuition programs are limited to available space on each campus.

    The district may not adopt a tuition rate for the pre-kindergarten program that is higher than necessary to cover the added costs of providing the program, including any costs associated with collecting, reporting, and analyzing data under Section 29.1532 (c) and must submit the proposed tuition rate to the commissioner for approval.