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
4-year olds. A lottery to fill those seat was held in June.
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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 held an
additional lottery for 3- and 4-year olds on June 21.
A child must be 3 by Dec.
1, 2016, in order to qualify for a 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.
If your child is selected for a seat in the
prekindergarten lottery, you must accept that seat by going to Central
Registration, 75 Watervliet Ave. There is a three-week timeline to
accept the seat. Please visit the Student
Registration section to see the documents needed for registration.
What if my child is not selected?
The district will inform you by mail about whether
your child was selected for the prekindergarten program of your choice.
Families whose child was not selected will be placed on a waiting list
for the program of their choice and be contacted if a spot becomes
Families will be
assigned a number on the waiting list but the number may change if
future applicants already have a sibling at the school you want your
child to attend or if future applicants live in the enrollment zone for
How do sibling and neighborhood preference affect the waiting list
Students who already have a sibling in preferred school will be given
first preference over all other students regardless of when they applied
to be on the waiting list.
Students who live in the neighborhood zone for the school will be given
the next level of preference over all other students regardless of when
they applied to be on the waiting list.
Either circumstance can change the original waiting list assignment.
Will I be notified if my position on the waiting list changes?
No. You will be contacted only when you are eligible for an available
Can I be on the waiting list for more than one school?
No. You may be on the wait list for only one school. You may apply to be
in the waiting pool for any magnet school.