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Prekindergarten


Beginning a journey, building a foundation

A guide to prekindergarten in Albany public schools
No step is more important in your child's education than the first one.
That's why the City School District of Albany offers quality full-day prekindergarten in all 12 elementary schools, in its bilingual Dual-Language Program and at three community agencies.

 

2014-15 prekindergarten enrollment

General prekindergarten registration begins May 19

A child must be 4 by Dec. 1, 2014 in order to qualify for prekindergarten during the 2014-15 school year. Classes have a maximum of 18 children to make sure each child gets the individual attention that makes the prekindergarten experience meaningful.

 

Prekindergarteners are enrolled through a lottery designed to provide equal access for all Albany children. You must enter your child into the lottery to get a seat in the program of your choice. However, the deadline to enter into the 2014-15 lottery was March 31. The lottery was held April 11.

 

If you did not submit a completed lottery application by the deadline, you may register your child for prekindergarten starting May 19 and select a non-magnet school or community-based location if space is available.

 

For more information about what you need to register your child, visit our Required Documents section. You also can call Central Registration at 475-6125 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Central Registration is located at 75 Watervliet Ave.

 

The district will not provide bus transportation to any prekindergarten program in 2014-15.

 

How does the prekindergarten lottery work?

You must enter your child into the lottery to get a seat in the program of your choice. The lottery is conducted by an independent national firm to assure fairness and impartiality.

 

On the lottery application, you will be asked to select your first, second and third choices. Student selection is random, but certain factors take priority when determining where your child will be enrolled:

  • Sibling preference. A child with a brother or sister already in elementary school receives first preference at that school.

  • Neighborhood preference. Second preference is given to a child who lives within a half-mile of a magnet school or within a given neighborhood school’s attendance zone.

  • Open enrollment. This option allows parents to choose a non-magnet school outside their attendance zone.

The lottery drawing for the 2014-15 school year will be held April 11. If you accept a prekindergarten seat at one school or program, you will be removed from the waiting list for any other school or program.

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