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Half-Day, Part-Time, and Transitional Kindergartens in Dallas


Whether you are looking for a part-time kindergarten or considering a primer or transitional year for your child, this alphabetical list is a good place to start your search. 

About a year ago I wrote a post entitled, “Whatever Happened to Half-Day Kindergartens?” that expressed my frustration with the cultural shift toward full-day kindergarten and, to be more precise, full-time school (homework, less play, no rest time) for five and six years olds. In response to that post, we have received many requests for a list of part-time kindergartens in Dallas. Please add any that I missed to the comment section at the bottom of the post! 

Coram Deo Academy – A classical K-12 school with three DFW locations, Coram Deo’s grammar school (Pre-K through 4th grade) has two schedule options: Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday with electives on Friday for both. 

Covenant Christian School – A classical, K-12 Christian school located in North Dallas, Covenant Christian School offers a Tuesday/Thursday all day kindergarten and a Monday/Wednesday/Friday half-day kindergarten with a full day on Wednesday. 

Grace Academy Dallas – A private, Christian school for ages 3 through the 6th grade, Grace Academy is located on Inwood Road between Royal and Forest Lane and offers both a half-day and full-day kindergarten. 

Graham Cracker Express – Part of the ministry of Trinity Bible Church in Richardson, this school offers a Tuesday through Thursday kindergarten with a 9 am to 2 pm schedule all three days.

Highland Park Methodist Day School – HPMDS offers a half-day “Bridge to Kindergarten” program Monday through Friday for ages 5+. 

Highland Park Presbyterian Day School – HPPDS offers a transitional kindergarten with a Monday through Friday (8:45 – 1:45 pm) schedule with an early dismissal on Wednesdays at 11:45. 

Highlander School – This Lake Highlands pre-k through 6th grade private Christian school has a five day half-kindergarten (8:15-11:15 am). 

Jubilee Junction – A ministry of Trinity Fellowship Church in Richardson, Jubilee Junction offers a Tuesday/Thursday pre-primary class. 

Northway Christian Day School – Part of Northway Christian Church on Northwest Highway, Northwest Christian Day School offers a half-day transitional kindergarten with a Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon schedule. Northway Christian also offers a stay and play option until 3 pm. 

Ovilla Christian School –  This Christian, college-preparatory school in Ovilla offers a half-day kindergarten option. 

Providence Christian School – An independent, classical Christian school (pre-k – 8th grade) has two kindergarten options: two full-days (Tuesday/Thursday) or three half-days (Monday/Wednesday/Friday). Grades one and two dismiss at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 

Scofield Christian School – This Lake Highlands area private Christian school offers a Monday through Friday (8:15 – 11:30 am) kindergarten with a stay and play option until 3:30 pm. 

University Model Education (UME) – With locations in Dallas and Duncanville, this K-12 college preparatory school is a tuition-free charter/homeschool hybrid that offers a two-day kindergarten and 5-hour days as the children progress into older grades. 

University Park Weekday School – Located on Preston Road just south of Northwest Highway, The Weekday School offers a Monday-Friday half-day kindergarten with 2 pm dismissal on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Westminster Preschool and Kindergarten – WPPK offers a Monday through Friday, 9 am – 2 pm kindergarten (not half-day but fewer hours than most kindergartens), and is another transitional year option. 

Please add any more part-time kindergartens that I may have missed to the comment section below. And a few other DMB posts that may be helpful: contributor Rachel Summey’s post about Creative School Solutions and my post about classical schooling



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7 Responses to Half-Day, Part-Time, and Transitional Kindergartens in Dallas

  1. Hallie
    Hallie August 19, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    Little Acorns Preschool (based out of Highland Oaks Church of Christ) offers a Mon/Wed/ or Tues/Thurs or M-Th preschool for 3s and 4s and a Transitional Kindergarten Class Mon – Thurs for older 4s and 5s. We LOVE this school!!

  2. Lindsey August 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

    Sonshine Academy at First Baptist Colleyville offers Tues/Thurs kindergarten from 9:30-2:30.

  3. Suzanne December 4, 2017 at 4:58 am #

    First United Methodists Church of Richardson offers M-F 8:45–11:45 with extended day option until 2.

  4. Alan Engle February 1, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

    Heritage Christian Academy, in Rockwall, has always offered traditional Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarten classes. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school HCA has added Transitional Kindergarten to it’s early childhood education program. This grade-level will be a full day, M-F and an integral part of the campus.For more information, go to the Early Childhood Education page on their website:

  5. Mb G February 19, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    Spanish Schoolhouse

  6. Margaret June 26, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

    Any chance there will be a list compiled for the Fort Worth side of the metroplex?

    • Krystal Hurst
      Krystal Hurst June 26, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

      Venture over to and check them out!

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