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Pre-K 4 lottery and registration

Applications are now available for our 2024-25 Pre-K 4 & magnet lotteries! 

Applications must be received by March 15, 2024 in order to be included in the April 17, 2024 lottery drawing. Applications received after that time will be processed based on availability.

For an overview of our pre-K programs, you can view this self-guided Google Slides presentation.

Our pre-K 4 progams are offered in school and community locations throughout the city. A child must be 4 by Dec. 1 of the enrolling school year to qualify for a pre-K 4 program. 

Please note that pre-K 4 registration is a two part process. Please be sure to review all the information on this page before beginning your application.

Step 1: Apply for a seat

You can apply at any time, however, we encourage families to apply through the pre-k 4 lottery held each year. Applications recieved outside the annual lottery window will be processed based on availability. Once you have completed an application, the district will send an official notification by mail and email to the addresses you provided. You will receive one of three letters: an acceptance letter, a waiting-list letter or a waiting-pool letter.

Prefer a hard copy? You can download a print application here.

Step 2: Accept an awarded seat and register

If you are awarded a seat and recieve an acceptance letter, you must then register your child to officially accept the seat you have been offered. 

Please note that for community-based programs, you will also need to complete registration paperwork for the organization running the program.

Program locations

Our pre-K 4 program is offered in all our elementary schools and by community providers at the locations listed below. Please note that transportation is not provided for any pre-K  program.

Additional information

Have questions?

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Melissa Hasty

Director, Office of Early Childhood

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Clare Dollard

Administrative Assistant

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Kahla Rainstrom

Administrative Assistant