Beginning a journey, building a foundation
A guide to prekindergarten in Albany
step is more important in your child's education than the first one.
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. A lottery was held in April to fill
prekindergarten seats for 4-year olds. Also, a state grant allows the
school district to offer additional prekindergarten options to 3- and
Scroll down to learn
June lottery to fill 2016-17 pre-K spots
for 3-year olds and more 4-year olds
Applications are available for a lottery to fill
spots for the 2016-17 school year in the City School District of Albany’s program to
provide prekindergarten for 3-year olds.
There also are additional spots for 4-year olds.
Click here to download an application. You also can pick up an
application at any district elementary school or Central Registration,
located at 75 Watervliet Ave.
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
the 2016-17 lottery for 4-year olds on April 7 and will hold an
additional lottery for 3- and 4-year olds on June 21.
Applications for the additional lottery for prekindergarten for
3- and 4-year olds
are now available and must be submitted by June 9. 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.
A child must be 3 by Dec.
1, 2016, in order to qualify fora 3-year old's spot and 4 by Dec. 1,
2016 to qualify for a 4-year old's spot 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
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.
does not provide bus transportation to any prekindergarten
How does the prekindergarten lottery work?
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:
with a brother or sister already in elementary school receives
first preference at that school.
Second preference is given to a child who lives within a
half-mile of a magnet school or within a given neighborhood school’s
Open enrollment. This option allows parents to
choose a non-magnet school outside their attendance zone.
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.