Pre-kindergarten in Shawnee Mission: Imagine. Explore.Discover
The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) is proud to offer a Pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program for 4-year-old students living in the district. The district program is developmentally and educationally appropriate and emphasizes students' need for active learning. Teachers provide a stimulating environment of challenging materials and engaging activities essential to the growth and development of each child. Research suggests that a Pre-K program structured around these components will best serve students.
Pre-K students are exposed to learning experiences that promote social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development. They learn skills such as taking turns cooperatively, sharing, and following directions — all essential components for future social, behavioral, and academic success.
To attend Pre-K, students must:
- live within the boundaries of the Shawnee Mission School District
- be four-years-old on or before August 31 of the year in which they will attend Pre-K
- be independent with toileting
Students who are five years old on or before August 31 are not eligible for Pre-K.
If you are interested, here are some steps to determine your options:
1. Determine what school your child will attend. If you do not know, please use the “School Finder” provided on this webpage: https://www.smsd.org/about/boundary-maps.
2. Look at the Pre-K options available at the school buildings listed below. If a pre-kindergarten class is not offered at your child’s school yet, there may be a school nearby that does offer the program. Please see the list of sites below.
3. Enrollment begins at Pre-Kindergarten sites on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Parents should complete the enrollment packet and bring it to the Pre-Kindergarten site to enroll starting February 19. Parents should bring their child with them to enroll.
4. If you still have questions, please reach out to the contacts listed on the right side of this page.
In the 2019-2020 school year, Shawnee Mission School District is offering the following options for Pre-K:
No-fee half-day Title I Pre-K option (Qualifications apply) offered at Comanche, Merriam Park, Rosehill, and Shawanoe.
No-fee half-day grant-funded Pre-K option (Qualifications apply) offered at ApacheIS, Bluejacket-Flint, Briarwood, Brookridge, Broken Arrow, Crestview, Highlands, Lenexa Hills, Rising Star, Roesland, Santa Fe Trail, and Shawanoe.
Tuition-based half-day Pre-K option offered at Briarwood, Brookwood, Highlands, Lenexa Hills, Rhein Benninghoven, and Trailwood.
The following information is provided to assist families in identifying which option may best fit your needs.
Is my child eligible for FREE Pre-K?
To enroll in schools offering free, Title I-funded Pre-K, students must live in the attendance area of a Shawnee Mission Title I school and show an academic need. To enroll in free grant-funded locations, students must meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Family qualifies for the free lunch program.
- Family qualifies for reduced lunch support (Note: specific locations based on grant requirements).
- Custodial parent is unmarried at the time of enrollment.
- Student has been referred by the Division of Children’s Services for educational services.
- At least one parent was a teen when the student was born.
- At least one parent is lacking a GED or high school diploma at the time of enrollment.
- Student has limited English proficiency based on assessments.
- Student qualifies for services under the Migrant Education Program.
- Student is developmentally delayed based on assessments but not at the level of qualifying for special education services.
If my child does not qualify for no-fee Pre-K, what are my options?
In the 2019-2020 school year, the district will offer a tuition-based program at six schools: Briarwood, Brookwood, Highlands, Lenexa Hills, Rhein Benninghoven, and Trailwood.
What is the cost of the tuition-based Pre-K program?
In 2019-2020, the tuition cost for Pre-K is $2,950. Tuition will be billed in 10 equal installments of $295. Tuition is due the first day of each month beginning in August, and continuing through May.
What are the hours for the Pre-K program?
The district offers a five-day a week, half-day program with morning or afternoon sessions available. See the district calendar for dates when school is not in session. The morning session of Pre-k is from 8:15 to 11 a.m. The afternoon session of pre-k is from 12:15 to 3 p.m.