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.
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
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
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?
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.
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.