• Since 1993, the Tuscaloosa City Schools have served eligible four-year olds with high-quality pre K instruction. Recognized as a leader in pre kindergarten education, the system serves nearly 450 students at multiple sites throughout the district.


    Funding for the program comes from local, state and federal funds. TCS is also a recipient of multiple Office of School Readiness (OSR) First Class grant-funded classrooms. Additionally, the City of Tuscaloosa and Mayor Walt Maddox are feverent supporters of pre K education and support it through the annual Mayor's Cup 5K/10K since 2006.


    Applications for pre K are accepted Jan. 15 - March 9.

Pre-K Registration

  • The Tuscaloosa City Schools will accept applications for its pre-kindergarten program throughout the school year. Students will be placed on the waiting list and placed as positions become available. 

    Please pick up an application at the school you are zoned for and return your packet there. 

    Children must be 4 years old on or before September 2, 2018 and live within the Tuscaloosa City school zone to be eligible. Applications will be available at all Tuscaloosa City elementary schools.


    A completed application packet should include the following: 

    •  a complete application form (including signatures)
    • an official birth certificate (to verify date of birth — optional, but preferred)
    • 1 mortgage/lease agreement
    • 2 utility bills (Alabama Power, Alagasco, water, cable — no cell phone bills)
    • Current blue immunization card (a copy is sufficient until the student is enrolled)

    If the parent does not own/rent in their own name and are living with family/friends, they must provide all of the above information and a completed Statement of Legal Residence


  • Pre-Kindergarten
    Diane Hilliker
    Pre-K Coordinator