How do I enroll?

Enrollment to TPS is easy.  You can can apply online or in person at either of our campuses.

Are their any requirements?

We have two requirements:

1. Students must currently live within one of the following Independent School Districts: Austin, Dripping Springs, Hays, Luling, Pflugerville, San Marcos, and Wimberely.

2. To enroll in Kindergarten, students must be at least 5 years old by September 1. If your child does not meet the age requirement this year, you may submit their application so that we can keep your info on file and remind you to reapply once they meet the age requirement.

What happens after I submit an application?

Once you have submitted your application, you will be contacted by school staff to inform you of the status of your child’s application within 48 hours.

Which immunizations do you require?

For the most recent list of immunization requirements, please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website: Here

How can I visit a Texas Preparatory School or learn more about upcoming events?

We will hold several information sessions this year where families can come to our campuses, meet Campus Directors and staff members, and ask any questions they might have about TPS. Dates will be posted on our website and on our Facebook page. Our Facebook page is the best way to learn more about upcoming events and deadlines!

When can I enroll my child at TPS?

Texas Preparatory School accepts applications year round. When the number of applications exceeds the number of allotted spots, your child will be placed on a waiting list.

Are siblings and current students automatically admitted?

Returning students and their siblings are given priority for admission into our school.

Who can attend TPS?

We are open to all students.

How much does it cost to attend?

TPS does not charge tuition for our K-6 programs. (Pre-K is a tuition based program). To provide high quality educational opportunities for our students, we rely on state funding and generous donations from supporters.

Does TPS have a dress code?

Yes, TPS does adhere to a dress code.  Click here for more information Dress Code

How are involved are your parents?

We view parents as partners in their child’s education. Our parent community is extremely active, participating in volunteer days, fields trips, and serving as parent ambassadors. Parents meet regularly with teachers and administrators for updates on their child’s progress. Are volunteer opportunities available for parents and if so, what kind? We offer a wide array of volunteer opportunities for parents to participate in school events, activities, and individual classrooms throughout the year.

Does TPS have free and reduced meal options?

Yes. We serve both free and reduced lunch and breakfast.

What makes TPS unique?

TPS engages in a whole day model for our students.  This allows for our students to be challenged academically, while supporting their social and emotional development, as well as celebrate their accomplishments.

Through our diverse and creative curriculum and our interactive after school programs (Boys & Girls Club – San Marcos only and East Austin Music Academy – Austin only)  learning is always fun.

How is a charter school different from a traditional public school?

Charter schools are tuition free, open enrollment public schools that are available to all students. Charter schools are held accountable by a set of a agreements (the charter) they enter into with state and local entities. In exchange for this increased accountability, charter schools are granted more freedom to create academic programs and activities.

What are your school hours?

Students can be dropped off as early as 7:00 a.m. on both campuses.
School starts at 7:55 AM in San Marcos.
School starts at 8:00 AM in Austin.
After school program begins at 3:00 PM and concludes at 6:30 PM on both campuses.

Does TPS provide transportation?

Yes, we provide transportation.  Call us at 512.805.3000 for more information.

What is Texas Preparatory School’s Curriculum?

TPS follow the same state and federal curriculum standards as other public schools. Our charter schools are autonomous, so teachers and Campus Directors have the freedom to adapt the curriculum to create customized, innovative lessons that best meet students’ needs. With its extended school day, there is more time for rich learning experiences, extracurricular activities, and after school programs.