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2014 Elementary Summer Programs

Summer School
Elementary (K-5)

Middle School (6-8)

High School (9-12)

Plano Summer Opportunities for Learning offers a variety of elementary programs. Each program is unique, and parents may wish to talk with their child's teacher or principal concerning the programs best suited for summer study. All program applications are distributed through the elementary schools. Program dates and times are listed within each program description. Transportation is provided for each program. Bus schedules will be available the last week of the 2013-14 school year and will be sent home with the students.

Plano Enrichment Program (PEP)

The Plano Enrichment Program (PEP) offers more than 30 varied enrichment classes in addition to reinforcement classes for language arts and mathematics. Students are free to enroll in content courses of their choice (see course offerings below). The program is located at Carpenter Middle School, 3905 Rainier Road, and Christie Elementary, 3801 Rainier Road; and at Rice Middle School, 8500 Gifford Drive, and Skaggs Elementary, 3201 Russell Creek. The dates are June 16 through July 10 (no classes on Fridays) from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuition is $150 for one two-hour class and $300 for two classes. Tuition may be paid with cash, money order, cashier's check, Master Card, Visa, Discover, or American Express card. No personal checks will be accepted.

The Student Registration Form will be sent home with the student in March and will also be available in each elementary school.Students are encouraged to register immediately to assure their choice of classes. The deadline for registration is May 16. Out of district students may enroll in PEP.

Transportation is provided from the student's home campus. Bus schedules will be sent home with students the last week of the 2013-14 school year.

Course

Times

Grade Level 2013-2014

Tuition

Ready, Set, Grow! 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Kindergarten $150.00
Ready, Set, Grow! 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Kindergarten $150.00

This class is designed to promote the literacy development of children who have completed kindergarten and who are entering first grade in the fall. Instructional strategies will include shared, guided, and independent reading and other literacy-oriented activities, such as music and art. The development of reading strategies will be emphasized. Activities will involve children in all language modes: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The children will experience a first grade setting. The emphasis is on providing experiences that are developmentally appropriate focusing on listening skills, following directions, and time on task.

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Times

Grade Level 2013-2014

Tuition

"Pep" Belles Cheer and Dance Team 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades K-5 $150.00
"Pep" Belles Cheer and Dance Team 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-5 $150.00

Ready? Okay! Come be a part of the Pep Belles Cheer and Dance Team. This high energy class combines cheerleading, dance, and sports conditioning all into one course. Students will learn chants, cheers and choreographed dance steps while building self confidence and positive sportsmanship through team building activities. Students will perform a choreographed cheer and dance routine at the end of the course. No experience necessary. All skill levels are welcome.

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Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Book Cooks 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00
Book Cooks 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00

Do you love to cook? If so, then Book Cooks is the class for you. This class involves hands-on cooking experience while enjoying some of children's favorite literature. For students who have completed first or second grade.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Building Blocks for Math Success
8:30 - 10:30 a.m
Grades K-5
$150.00
Building Blocks for Math Success
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades K-5
$150.00

This course is designed for students need reinforcement of grade level skills and concepts in Mathematics. Opportunities will be provided for students to strengthen foundational skills included in grade level content using the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Building Blocks for Reading Success
8:30 - 10:30 a.m
Grades K-5
$150.00
Building Blocks for Reading Success
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades K-5
$150.00

This course is designed for students who need reinforcement of grade level literacy skills and concepts. Opportunities will be provided for students to strengthen foundational skills included in grade level content using the Texas Esesntial Knowledge and Skills.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Enhancing the Writer Within
8:30 - 10:30 a.m
Grades 2-3
$150.00
Enhancing the Writer Within
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades 2-3
$150.00

This course is designed for students who could benefit from building basic writing skills. Opportunities will be provided for students to develop the self esteem needed to enter the next grade level feeling confident about writing. Emphasis will be placed on preparing struggling students for grade level content using the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Students are divided by grade level.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Art Fantasy World
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Kindergarten
$150.00
Art Fantasy World
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Kindergarten
$150.00

Come live in an art fantasy world! In Art Fantasy we will discover the art of elements of art, principles of design, and much more. We will learn about the color wheel, line, texture, and form.We will explore artwork of famous artists such as Picasso, Haring, Monet, Matisse, O'Keeffe, and van Gogh. We will learn how to draw people, make animals, and discover nature through plants and flowers. We will be doing many fun filled activities using crayons, paint, oil pastels, yarn, tissue paper, and clay. This class is offered to students who have completed kindergarten.

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Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Reach for the Stars with Magical Math 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Kindergarten $150.00
Reach for the Stars with Magical Math 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Kindergarten $150.00

Does your child want to strengthen and boost math skills in a magical way? We will enter a mystical world of engaging, fun-filled activities using technology, logical reasoning, games, and math mysteries. Students who have completed kindergarten or first grade will learn to perfect magical strategies to enhance the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Each student will be given numerous opportunities to reach for the stars while developing higher level thinking skills with hands-on activities.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Young Authors 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades K-1 $150.00
Young Authors 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-1 $150.00

This enrichment writing class is designed as an extension for students who are experienced writers and enjoy writing. Your child will create and illustrate books using themes from well-known authors.Art techniques will also be taught to the young authors. What a wonderful class to show off their great writing and illustrating skills.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Junior Science Club 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades K-1 $150.00
Junior Science Club 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-1 $150.00

Primary students will investigate plants, animals, and space.Many hands-on and outside activities will make science come alive for those junior scientists. For students who have completed kindergarten or first grade.

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Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Music 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades K-2 $150.00
Music 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-2 $150.00

A new and exciting experience for kindergarten, first, and second graders will be offered this summer. Singing, playing, dancing, and performing will give boys and girls opportunities to entertain classmates and outside groups. Let your child come join the show! Don't wait! Don't be late! Class size is limited. Watch us shine!

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
STEMtastic Challenges
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Grades K-5
$150.00
STEMtastic Challenges 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-5 $150.00

Grades K-1: Be a problem solver and explore the world through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Hands-on challenges will encourage students to collaborate in order to design and build their own solutions. Those who love math and science will love this course.

Grades 2-3: Think like an engineer to solve real world problems using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This course offers the opportunity for students to engage in hands-on challenges and work collaboratively to find solutions. Elements of design and critical thinking will enhance all students' pursuit of creative solutions in a highly engaging way.

Grades 4-5: Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to come to this course and be a master problem solver. Students will be activelyengaged in high interest, hands-on activies that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Challenges will immerse students in collaborative discussions, critical thinking, design, engineering, and creative problem solving. If you love science and math, thiscourse is for you!

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Technology or Bust! 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Technology or Bust! 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

Discover new ways to use technology to enhance your overall user experience. Students create digital portfolios including their own online blog and photojournalism. Join us as weexplore the lives of innovators in the field of technology and use this as a platform for our own journey to greatness.

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Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Artand Artists from Around the World 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00
Art and Artists from Around the World 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00

Take an imaginary vacation around the world. Learn about countries, cultures, crafts and artists through drawing, painting and sculpture.

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Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Extra! Extra! Read All About It! 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Extra! Extra! Read All About It! 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

Have you ever wanted to be a reporter? Have you ever wanted to find out interesting facts and report them? Now is your chance to be on the staff of the PEPster News!Learn the who, what, where, why, and how of a story. Research information, investigate situations, and be on top of the news! In this exciting and fast-paced class, you will be part of creating articles to include in the Pepster News! Hurry and sign up so that you can Read All About It and see your name as a reporter in the paper. It's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you won't want to miss.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Introduction to Acting 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00
Introduction to Acting 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00

The Introduction to Acting class gives students the opportunity to discover and explore their creative ability and develop a strong sense of confidence through stage acting. Students will learn basic stage presence, expression, and interpretation of characters' emotions. Fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and improvisations will be performed during class time. They will work with props, scenery, costumes, and music. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by performing a play at the conclusion of PEP summer school.

Course
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Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Inventor's Club 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00
Inventor's Club 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00

Come and join in the fun and excitement of invention! Students will learn how famous inventions were created and all about the inventors who created them. The students joining the Inventor's Club will have the opportunity to invent a vegetable derby car and to apply "reverse engineering" by which students take apart broken appliances to discover how they work. This hands-on course stimulates thinking and creativity through inventive activities such as building structures and completing various designing activities.Students will also "meet" artists such as da Vinci, Seurat, Calder, and Picasso who were known for their inventiveness as well as for their artistry. Students are divided by grade level.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-20134
Tuition
Tennis 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 1-5 $150.00
Tennis 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 1-5 $150.00

All levels of tennis ability are encouraged to join in the fun. Grab a racket and we'll get swinging! Students are divided by grade level. (Note: Tennis is only offered at 8:30 a.m. at the Carpenter/Christie program.)

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Math Masters I 8:30. - 10:30 a.m. Grades 2-3 $150.00
Math Masters I 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 2-3 $150.00

This class is for students who are "masters" at mathematics and are ready to study the curriculum to a deeper level. Get ready to investigate topics in algebra, geometry, money matters, consumerism, measurement, and probability. Do you already have a favorite topic of your own that you would like to pursue? We'll be using a hands-on approach as we investigate and discover new things about some of the most mesmerizing mathematical matters. The two hour time will be divided as follows: Master Mind-Boggler, Master Explorations, and Master Mystery.

Students are divided by grade level.

Course

Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Spanish COMO SE DICE? 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00
Spanish COMO SE DICE? 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

How do you say "I'm glad to meet you" in Spanish? Listening and speaking will establish for students an introduction to oral proficiency. Students will learn to use basic vocabulary, phrases and questions pertinent to everyday life with the emphasis on oral skills needed to communicate. Students will also be introduced to the Hispanic world and will explore its richness while learning to appreciate its value and diversity.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Bedazzle Your Inner Craftiness 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00
Bedazzle Your Inner Craftiness 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

Try your hand at creating crafts from multiple media includingthe popular rubber band looming. Students will use paper mache, weaving and other processes to make necklaces, bracelets and other projects, too. Students create crafts for friends, family, or just for fun!

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
It's a Jungle Out There 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 2-3 $150.00
It's a Jungle Out There 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 2-3 $150.00

An introductory study of environment, plants, and animals in our everyday lives. Visits from Jim Dunlap and his friends will aid in learning. Lots of hands-on activities including outdoor nature studies and games. For students who have completed 2nd or 3rd grades (no exceptions will be made).

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Mystery Madness 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00
Mystery Madness 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

Have you ever wanted to solve a real mystery? Try your skills in solving mysteries. Be a detective and allow your imagination to seek out clues. This course will put your inductive reasoning to work by offering a multi-curriculum approach to problem solving.We will investigate how to dust for fingerprints, create your own mysteries, and discover "who dunnit."

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Sports All Star Camp 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Sports All Star Camp 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-2 $150.00

Games and activities with a strong emphasis on basic skills and movements will be offered in this course. Basic skills and strategies will be practiced daily, leading up to activities such as football, basketball, softball, soccer, hockey, and many more. If you have a positive attitude and can model good sportsmanship, this course is for you. Come join the fun!

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Sculpture, etc. 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Sculpture, etc. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

Working in three dimensions (height, width, depth) means creating sculptures, clay pieces, and weavings. An interesting variety of media will be enjoyed while incorporating each child's unique imagination.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
2-D Art 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
2-D Art 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

Do you love to doodle? Does four weeks of drawing, painting, and printmaking and more sound like the ideal summer? In 2D Art you will work with Sharpie® markers, watercolor, charcoal, oil pastels, and tempera paint as you explore design concepts and techniques. Student describe this class as "an awesome class packed with cool projects!" For students who have completed grades 3-5.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Math Masters II 8:30 - 12:30 p.m. Grades 4-5 $150.00
Math Masters II 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 4-5 $150.00

This class is for students who are "masters" at mathematics and are ready to study the curriculum to a deeper level. Get ready to investigate topics in algebra, geometry, money matters, consumerism, measurement, and probability. Do you already have a favorite topic of your own that you would like to pursue? We'll be using a hands-on approach as we investigate and discover new things about some of the most mesmerizing mathematical matters. The two hour time will be divided as follows: Master Mind-Boggler, Master Explorations and Master Mystery. Students are divided by grade level.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
PEP Cooking Academy 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
PEP Cooking Academy 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

Do you like to cook and sew? Do you enjoy making crafts? Would you like to be able to plan parties for your friends and family?Does becoming an officially trained babysitter sound great to you?Do you enjoy field trips? If so, be sure to sign up for this fun-filled, hands-on class.

Course
Times
Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Blast Off! The Final Frontier 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Blast Off! The Final Frontier 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

Join us for a fantastic trip that's "out of this world!"Explore the planets via computer technology, and assemble and launch your very own "manned" rocket. Come participate in this exciting journey full of hands-on activities. For students who have completed grades 3-5. No exceptions will be made.

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Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Take a Walk on the Wild Side 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 4-5 $150.00
Take a Walk on the Wild Side 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 4-5 $150.00

Take an advanced look into the world of life science in Biology II. One day each week you will travel to the Bill Holifield Science Learning Center for field studies. Hands-on lab investigations, guest speakers, dissecting, and much more await the future biologist. Come join the fun and get a head start on middle school life science! For students who have completed fourth or fifth grade only. (No exceptions will be made.)

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Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Logical Thinking 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Logical Thinking 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00

People learn to talk, learn to walk, learn to read...we can also learn to think logically. In this class students will use fun games, literature, and computer activities to learn deductive reasoning, analytical thinking and problem solving strategies. After analyzing the pattern in Tomorrow's Alphabet by George Shannon, students will create a Power Point presentation applying the same type of logical thinking to their own original ideas. Students have so much fun with activities like logic problems, Sudoku, and strategy games that they will want to use these new skills at home all summer long!

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Grade Level 2013-2014
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Drama 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Drama 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

This summer an exciting class will be offered to allow the students opportunities to design sets and costumes, sing, dance, and STAR in their own production/performance. This is sure to be an exciting class for students who have just completed the third, fourth or fifth grade. An evening play performance will be held at an arts' extravaganza. Don't delay, register today! Class size is limited.

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Grade Level 2013-2014
Tuition
Move Over Pixar 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Move Over Pixar

10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Grades 1-2 $150.00

Produce your own animated movie! Make reading fun by making an interactive book. Learn how Power Point can create games. Students will use computer applications such as Microsoft Paint, Microsoft Power Point, and digital cameras in a fun new way. Our digital natives will use their creativity, reading and writing skills to learn new computer skills.

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Summer Institute for Gifted and Talented Students (SIGS)

Online Registration is available for the elementary and middle school SIGS (Summer Institute for Gifted and Talented Students) program. To register online, the parent must go to parent portal login and must have completed the student emergency information. SIGS Online Registration Instructions PDF file

The Summer Institute for Gifted and Talented Students challenges students currently in the PACE program grades 1-7. Elementary students (grades 1-4) will select and participate in three 75-minute classes. Classes include simulations, math, science, Caldecott stories, creative writing, foreign languages, art, drama, project builder and multimedia project construction. The middle school program (grades 5-7) includes courses such as humanities, science, mathematics, social sciences, and/or computer training.

The program is located at Robinson Middle School, 6701 Preston Meadow Drive; Murphy Middle School, 620 N. Murphy Road; and Wilson Middle School, 1001 Custer Road. The dates are June 16 through July 10 from 7:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. (no classes on Fridays). Tuition is $300 and may be paid with cash, money order, cashier's check, Master Card, Visa, Discover, or American Express card. No personal checks will be accepted.

The Student Registration Form will be sent home with the student in March or may be obtained from the home school PACE teacher. The deadline for registration is May 16.

Transportation is provided from the student's home campus. Bus schedules will be sent home with the students the last week of the 2013-14 school year. For more information contact your child's PACE teacher.

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Plano Academy of Learning (PAL)

The Plano Academy of Learning (PAL) is for students in grades K through 5. PISD students are invited to attend this program that targets instruction for acceleration of skills in reading, writing and/or math. Students who qualify for this focused instruction will be recommended for the program by their teacher. Recommendation letters will be sent to parents in early spring.Enrollment in this program is limited to students currently attending school in Plano ISD. The program is located at three different elementary schools. The locations are Barron Elementary, 3300 Avenue P; Centennial Elementary, 2609 Ventura Drive; and Jackson Elementary, 1101 Jackson.

The dates for all three PAL programs are June 11 through July 3 from 7:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.. Tuition is $215 and may be paid with cash, money order, cashier's check, Master Card, Visa, Discover, or American Express card. No personal checks will be accepted.The Student Registration Form will be sent home with the student. Out of district students cannot register for this program.

Transportation is provided from the student's home campus.Bus schedules will be sent home with the students the last week of the 2013-14 school year. For more information contact your student's teacher.

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Special Education

Special Education offers the following programs.

  • Camp Tejas for students with special needs grades K-8, is an innovative program primarily for students with significant disabilities.This program uses a camp-like format to enhancecommunication and independence through a variety of activities.
  • Strategic Reading, for students in grades 1-5, is a continuous progress reading program forstudents currently receiving special education services and who experience difficulty learning to read and write.

For detailed information about special education programs please contact your child's special education teacher.

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Bilingual / ESL

Bilingual/ESL programs are designed to meet the needs of students with limited English proficiency.

In the prekindergarten summer school program, instruction will focus on language development, academic and social skills. The kindergarten program is designed to develop language and to accelerate academic skills in reading, writing and math. Both of these programs are free for Limited English Proficient students who will be entering a kindergarten or a first grade bilingual/ESL class in the fall of 2014. The prekindergarten program and the kindergarten program will be held at Boggess Elementary School, Harrington Elementary School, Huffman Elementary School, and Thomas Elementary School. Breakfast and lunch are provided free of charge. Summer classes are from 8:30 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. Transportation will be provided. The teacher will send home a registration application for students currently enrolled in the prekindergarten or kindergarten program.

Students new to Plano schools that have been identified as LEP and have enrolled for kindergarten or for first grade in the fall of 2014 may pick up an application in the school office when registering for the 2014-2015 school year.

For more information, contact the bilingual or ESL teacher at the student's home campus.

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Kindergarten Prep Program

The Kindergarten Prep Program is for students who are entering kindergarten and have limited or no preschool experience, and/or qualify for free or reduced lunch, and have not attended a PISD Early Childhool School or Head Start Program.

The program is designed to introduce students to the school environment and provide a head start for learning important school routines and skills.  Instruction will focus on language development, academic and social skills.  Transportation will be provided from the student's home campus, and tuition is free.

Contact your child's home campus for information about how to register for this program.

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