Pre-K Enrollment

Welcome to Pre-K!

Enrolling your child in Pre-K is one of the best gifts you can give your child. In Terrell ISD, 90% of students who attend Pre-K at W. H. Burnett Early Childhood Center are considered ready for kindergarten compared to those who do not attend. Research shows that the road to college, career, and military readiness begins in early childhood.

While in Pre-K, your child will develop language and literacy skills along with fine motor, social and cognitive skills. They will also learn numeracy skills such as how to count objects and recognize numbers. Pre-kindergarten also promotes brain development and improves emotional learning. All of these skills will help your child to become kindergarten ready.

Ready to become a little Tiger?  Let’s Go!  

**Please Note:  Your child's seat will not be confirmed until you have entered ALL required documents. Simply starting an application does not mean your child is enrolled. Spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis once all required documents have been received.**

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If you are enrolling a NEW student you will be prompted to create a username and password before beginning the enrollment process within Parent Portal. Refer to "Step Two" in the Steps to Enroll below for a guide on how to create a username and password.
If you are enrolling a returning student, simply log in with your username and password to begin the enrollment process.
If you are unable to remember your username and password, please contact W. H. Burnett for assistance at 972-563-1452.

Enrollment Night

Wednesday, April 10 | 5-7:30 pm
W. H. Burnett Early Childhood Center
921 S Rockwall Ave

**Please Bring All Required Documents with you so that you may enroll online. For a list of required documents, scroll down below to view "Steps to Enroll" and refer to "Step One."

Benefits of Pre-K


How does my child qualify for Free Pre-K?

Children may attend Pre-K in Terrell ISD for FREE if the parent/guardian is a Terrell ISD resident, the child is three or four-years-old by September 1 and the child meets one of the following criteria:

  • Eligible for free or reduced lunch

  • Eligible for SNAP and/or TANF

  • Qualifies as an English Language Learner

  • Homeless

  • Qualifies for Medicaid

  • Currently or has ever been in the foster care system

  • Dependent of active military service member, member who was injured during active service or is the survivor of a member killed in active service

  • Dependent of first responder who is a recipient of the Star of Texas Award

Tuition-Based Enrollment

Students who do not qualify for free Pre-K may register for tuition-based enrollment. The tuition rates for the 2024-2025 school year will be:

  • For all tuition-based enrollment, there will be a $500 deposit due by Friday, May 24, 2024 to hold your child's seat.

  • $5,000 per year for families living within the Terrell ISD boundary ($500 per month).

  • $7,181 for families who live outside of the Terrell ISD boundary and are granted an out-of-district transfer (After the $500 deposit, tuition will be $742.33 per month)

  • Monthly tuition is due on the 1st of each month and is considered late on the 5th.

  • All payments are made online.

    Why do you charge tuition?

    Terrell ISD does not receive state funding for Pre-K students who do not meet the qualifications listed in the section above. In order to cover the cost of educating Pre-K students whose parents do not meet the qualifications, the district must charge tuition.

Steps to Enroll

Steps to Enroll

1- Gather Required Documents

  • Birth Certificate

  • Social Security Card (Optional)

  • Photo ID of the person enrolling new student

  • Immunization Records

  • Proof of Residency- Water or electric bill in guardian's name or Lease/mortgage agreement in guardian's name

  • Proof of income documentation

  • Foster documentation (if applicable)

For visual samples click here.

2- Create a Parent Portal Account

In order to register your child, all parents must create a Parent Portal account. Additionally, Parent Portal is where you will check your child's grades and attendance. Below is a guide to help you create a new account along with the link to Parent Portal to get started.

3- Fill Out and Submit the Online Application

Once you have created your Parent Portal account you will then fill out the W. H. Burnett online application which is housed within Parent Portal.

Click here to begin the online application.

**Parents, please be prepared to receive and accept communication from WH Burnett during the enrollment process.
Staff will be checking applications as they come in and may need to contact you if they need further information before the enrollment and eligibility is complete. The information they will use to contact you will be the email address and phone number you entered in Parent Portal. Please ensure your contact information is correct.

4- Receive Acceptance Letter

Your child's seat is not confirmed until you have received an official acceptance letter.

Out of District Transfers

W. H. Burnett will not be considering applications for out-of-district transfers until May 25, 2024.