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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 this September the City School District of Albany will offer more than 1,000 full-day prekindergarten seats in all 12 elementary schools, in its bilingual Dual-Language Program and at several community agencies.


For September 2016, the district will offer prekindergarten to 3-year olds and 4-year olds. Applications are available now for a lottery to enroll children in prekindergarten for 4-year olds. Applications will be available later this spring for the lottery to enroll 3-year olds.


Scroll down to learn more.


Lottery applications available for pre-K for 4-year olds

Applications are now available for the lottery to enroll children who will be 4 years old by Dec. 1 in prekindergarten. Click here to download one.


You also can pick up applications at all elementary schools, community prekindergarten providers and Central Registration, located at 75 Watervliet Ave.


Applications are due on March 31; the lottery will be held April 7 at 10 a.m. at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST).


A separate lottery for children who will be 3 years old by Dec. 1 will be held in June at a date to be determined. Applications for pre-K for 3-year olds will be available in mid-May.


Prekindergarten enrollment

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; the district will hold the 2016-17 lottery for 4-yearr olds on April 7.


Applications for the lottery for prekindergarten for 4-year olds are now available and must be submitted by March 31. You will be able to download one here or pick up one at any district school or at Central Registration, located at 75 Watervliet Ave. The prekindergarten lottery will be held April 7, in conjunction wtih the magnet elementary lottery.


A child must be 4 by Dec. 1, 2016, in order to qualify for prekindergarten during the 2016-17 school year. Classes have a maximum of 18 children to make sure each child gets the individual attention that makes the prekindergarten experience meaningful.


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.


The district does not provide bus transportation to any prekindergarten program.


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.

If you are selected for a prekindergarten seat through the lottery and accept that seat for your child, you will be removed from the waiting pool for any other school or program. Please follow this link for more information about waiting pools and next steps for families following the initial lottery.

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