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
nearly 700 full-day prekindergarten seats in
all 12 elementary schools, in its
bilingual Dual-Language Program and
at several community agencies.
A child must be 4 by Dec.
1, 2015, in order to qualify for prekindergarten during the 2015-16
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; the district held
the lottery for 2015-16 on March 3.
If you missed the lottery and would like to apply for your child
to be in a waiting pool for
prekindergarten, download and complete
this application and return it to Central Registration, 75
Watervliet Ave., Albany, 12206.
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.
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.