Eight campuses in the El Paso Independent School District next year will offer free dual-language pre-kindergarten to families who may not meet federal EPISD plans to open 16 new pre-kindergarten units – eight in the morning and eight in the afternoon – at the selected sites, which cover the geographic area of the District.
The selected sites are Barron, Bond, Cielo Vista, Crockett, Fannin, Kohlberg, MacArthur and Schuster elementary schools.
“This expansion of our pre-kinder classes allows us to bring our high-quality programs to even more students,” said Superintendent Juan Cabrera. “EPISD is seen as a leader in dual-language education, and this expansion will give more families the opportunity to participate and reap the benefits of dual language, as well as science, technology, engineering, the arts
EPISD currently offers free pre-kinder to students who are English language learners or come from low-income, military or homeless families. Parents who don’t meet these requirements may pay tuition at schools that have space available.
The 16 new pre-kinder units will be available to all families on a first-come-first-served basis regardless of their socio-economic standing. EPISD is an open enrollment District that takes students free of charge from throughout El Paso County.
Registration information will be released later this spring. Ivonne Durant, EPISD’s deputy superintendent of academics, said the district expects to have a strong interest in the pre-k programs, especially because of the added academic rigor that will be placed on those classes.
On top of the dual-language component, the pre-kinder classes at these eight campuses will have a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) focus.
“It is never too early to start and we want to make sure our students are very well prepared to tackle these important subjects right from the start,” Durant said. “We want our students to have the language, technical and artistic skills they need and deserve to be successful in life.”