Whether it be about admissions or just a general topic, we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions with some helpful answers. If you don’t find an answer, we encourage you to reach us at

General Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact for a tour of one of Lumin Education’s campuses?

You may contact the School Director at any school for information about scheduling a tour and more.

  • Lumin East Dallas Community School
    Sylvie Fitzgerald, School Director, 214.824.8950 x 267
  • Lumin Lindsley Park Community School
    Becki Hardie, School Director, 214.321.9155 x 101
  • Lumin Bachman Lake Community School
    Heidi Hodges, School Director, 214.351.6700 x 3030

Will eligibility to enroll be verified?

Yes. Applicants must provide valid identification such as a birth certificate to verify their age and evidence that they reside within Lumin Education’s geographic boundaries. (A utility bill, lease agreement, or other documentation may be evidence.) If incorrect information is provided in the application, admission may be revoked.

Are there Pre-Kindergarten admissions opportunities?

Yes. The majority of new students admitted each year are pre-kindergarten children. Pre-kindergarten classes are offered at both Lumin Lindsley Park Community School and at Lumin East Dallas Community School. State law requires that pre-kindergarten children must meet certain requirements in order to be enrolled in state-funded pre-kindergarten classes.

To be eligible for free, half-day pre-kindergarten, the law requires that the child be at least three years of age (as of September 1st) and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The child is unable to speak or comprehend the English language;
  • The child qualifies for the national free or reduced lunch program;
  • The child is homeless;
  • The child has a parent who is an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces or was injured or killed while on active duty;
  • The child has a parent who received the Star of Texas Award or has been nominated for such award; or
  • The child has ever been in the conservatorship (foster care) of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Texas Education Code, Section 29.153(b).

Does Lumin Education offer tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten?

Yes. A limited number of spaces are available on a tuition basis. Tuition for the half-day program is set each year by the Texas Education Agency and is approximately $500 a month.

Does Lumin Education provide financial assistance for pre-kindergarten tuition?

Most children will qualify for free half-day pre-kindergarten. For those families who do not meet the state requirements for free pre-kindergarten, Lumin Education has some financial assistance available. A request for financial assistance should be submitted to the school director. The ability to grant financial assistance will depend on the resources available and the number of families requesting assistance.

Does Lumin Education provide before or after care for children enrolled?

Yes. We have a limited number of spaces available in our After and Before School Care (ABC) Program for children who are enrolled. Please indicate your interest in this Program by filling out the Application Addendum in the Application packet.

How does the lottery work?

Once the application deadline passes, all eligible applicants will be entered into the lottery drawing which will be held within two weeks of the application deadline. For grades K-3, the applicants will first be sorted by exemption or preference status and a blind drawing conducted of all applicants. Based on the number of projected openings, applicants will be contacted to offer a spot in the appropriate grade, or they will be placed on the waiting list.

For pre-kindergarten applicants, eligibility for free half-day prekindergarten will be determined after April 1st prior to notifying the applicants of a spot in prekindergarten. The majority of openings in prekindergarten are held for applicants eligible for state funding. A small number of openings are reserved for applicants who do not qualify for state funding. If the number of applicants for either group exceeds the number of spots available, a lottery will be held for that group. Those applicants not offered a spot will be placed on the waiting list.

What happens after the lottery is drawn?

Those applicants whose names are drawn in the lottery will be contacted to offer them a spot at Lumin Education and they will advised of the next steps in the enrollment process. For pre-kindergarten students, enrollment meetings will take place no later than April 8 in order to confirm eligibility to enroll in the free pre-kindergarten program. For grades K -3, enrollment meetings will be scheduled in April and May at which time required documents must be provided and necessary enrollment forms completed.

How is the wait list managed?

The wait list is managed by the admissions coordinator after the lottery is drawn. If a spot opens up at either school, applicants on the wait list for the applicable grade will be contacted in the order on which they are listed on the wait list. If the applicant accepts the spot, an enrollment meeting will be scheduled to complete the enrollment process. Please be sure to keep your contact information updated with the school.


How many openings does Lumin Education expect to have for the 2020-21 school year?

We anticipates approximately 70 openings in the pre-kindergarten classes and in addition there are usually between 10 and 15 spots for kindergarten and between 10 and 15 spots for the elementary class (grades 1-3). The exact number may not be determined until the time of the lottery because the number of current students who are returning and the number of applicants entitled to an exemption from the lottery must first be confirmed. However, openings may occur after the lottery is drawn and even after the start of school. At that time, applicants on the waiting list will be offered a spot.

When will enrollment meetings for new students be held?

Enrollment meetings for new students will be held between April and May 2020, after families have been notified that their child’s name has been drawn.

Are there preferences in the lottery and admission process?

Yes. The following categories are exempt (to the extent spaces are available) or receive preference in the lottery:

  • Siblings of currently enrolled students – exempt;
  • Children of Lumin Education employees – exempt; and
  • Students who live within the Lumin Education service area – preference. [Defined as the 5600-7199 blocks of East Grand Avenue; 300-1199 blocks of Beacon Street, and addresses that lie within the area bounded by those two streets and the place where the Santa Fe Railroad track use to lie.]

These exemptions and preferences will be verified. Please ensure you have accurately completed the application.

Application Process

When is the Lumin Education application available for the 2020-2021 school year?

The application for the 2020 -2021 school year will be available on December 1, 2019, on the website. The application packet may be picked up from either of the following Lumin Education school campuses beginning on Monday, December 2, 2019 :

  • Lumin Lindsley Park Community School, 7130 Lindsley Ave., Dallas 75223
  • Lumin East Dallas Community School, 924 Wayne St., Dallas 75223

Where can I find the admissions application?


What is the deadline to complete and application?

Completed applications for the 2020-2021 school year must be returned to Lumin Education no later than 4:00 PM on March 22, 2020, to be included in the lottery. Applications received after the March 22 deadline will be placed on the waiting list in the order received and after the applications received prior to the deadline.

What happens after I turn in a completed application?

The lottery will be held. You will be notified if your child’s name is drawn. For Pre-K students only, documentation will be requested to verify eligibility for free half-day Pre-K.

How do I determine if my child is eligible to apply to Lumin Education?

There are no academic admission requirements to attend Lumin Education, but you must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Your child must meet the following age requirements:
    • If applying for kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old as of September 1st.
    • If applying for prekindergarten, your child must be at least 3 years old as of September 1st.
  • Students must reside within the Lumin Education geographic boundaries which are defined by the following school district boundaries: Carrollton/Farmers Branch ISD, Cedar Hill ISD, Coppell ISD, Dallas ISD, Desoto ISD, Duncanville ISD, Forney ISD, Garland ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Highland Park ISD, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Lancaster ISD, Mesquite ISD, Richardson ISD, Rockwall ISD, and Sunnyvale ISD.

Do currently enrolled students need to turn in an application?

No. Current students will complete an intent to return notice in January.

Do siblings of currently enrolled students need to complete an application?

Yes. Complete the application and return by the deadline. As noted above, siblings receive priority in the lottery.

Where do I turn in my application?

After all required parts of the application are complete, the application may returned to either school campus, emailed to, or mailed to:

Admissions, Lumin Education, 7130 Lindsley Ave, Dallas, TX 75223

Does Lumin Education accept applications after the lottery deadline?

Yes. However, if there are no openings available, the applicants will be added to the wait list in the order received.

Scholarships For Alumni

When does the Terry N. Ford (TNF) College Scholarship open?

The TNF College Scholarship is available to all Lumin Education alumni who will attend college in the Fall. The 2020 application period will open in early 2020.

Does Lumin Education provide college prep resources?

Yes!  In the fall, we host a College Prep Workshop to discuss the college admissions process, financial aid, SAT and ACT tests, career exploration, scholarships, and more.

Can Lumin Education help me find scholarships?

We provide alumni and parents with resources to help find middle, high school, and college scholarships. Please visit our Alumni Resources page for more information.

Artboard 1