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Pre-Kindergarten

Overview

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is honored to offer 114 lottery funded Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Program classes in 75 sites throughout the district. The Pre-Kindergarten program is funded by the Georgia State Lottery, governed by Bright from the Start. The DCSD Pre-K program is an age appropriate instructional program that prepares students for a successful transition to kindergarten and beyond. In order for a child to be school ready, it means they are socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively prepared for success in kindergarten.

The DeKalb County School District’s Pre-Kindergarten Program helps children become independent, self-confident, enthusiastic learners. Participation in the program encourages children to develop good habits and daily routines. It encourages teachers to adopt child centered instructional practices based on the interests and the skill levels of each child.

Online Application Registration Process

Steps in the Pre-K Lottery Process
  1. Apply on-line for a Pre-K seat.
  2. Upload required documents.
  3. Check your email and or Parent electronic dash for notification.
  4. Accept or Decline your seat.
  5. If accepted, upload required documents to your assigned school during the Enrollment Window – March 29-April 16, 2021.
  6. If you were placed on a Waitlist, monitor your email closely for seat assignment possibility and further directions.
  7. Children will not be formally enrolled in the Pre-kindergarten program until parents/and or guardians have completed the registration process. Children who do not attend the first day of school before 10 AM will forfeit their space in the Pre-K class.
Program Requirements
  1. Child must turn four years old by September 1, 2021
  2. Child must live within the DeKalb County School attendance zone
  3. If you are the parent of twins, triplets, etc., you are required to submit one application per child. If your child is pulled as number 22 on the list, you will have the option to accept the one seat for one twin and place the other on the Waiting List. The second option is to wait until both twins are offered a seat
Process

Applicants can access the online lottery application and all other lottery information by clicking “Apply Now,” button to the left. The Pre-K lottery application for the 2021-2022 school year will be opened and available beginning Monday, February 1, 2021 and will close on Monday, March 1, 2021. If you are unable to complete the application in one sitting, you can save your information and return later, but it must be submitted by Monday, March 1, 2021. Lottery applications will not be accepted after Monday, March 1, 2021 for any reason.

When completing the application, you will only be allowed to make one selection. You must reside in the attendance zone in which you are applying. Once the lottery is completed and a seat is offered, parents will upload the remaining documents to the lottery platform. During this time, all information will be verified. If false information is submitted or if you fail to have adequate documents to support your application, then your Pre- K seat will be forfeited. Please review the Required Documents list on this page.
To submit an application, please click the “Apply Now” button.

**Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Documents Needed for Pre-K

Documents required to be uploaded during the on-line application process in order for your application to be considered for the lottery.

    1. Proof of birth (Your child must be four years old on or before September 1, 2021)
      • Original certified birth certificate, Hospital Record of Live Birth, Green Card, Pink Card or Federal I-94 Card; or child’s passport (Copies of these documents are not accepted)
    2. Proof of legal guardianship (If applicable)
      • Only required if your name is not on the child’s birth certificate
    3. Parent/Guardian proof of identification
      • Valid state or government issued photo ID, such as a Georgia Driver’s license, or a valid U.S. passport ID
    4. Proof of Parent/Guardian Georgia Residency*
      • Mortgage or lease/rental agreement in your name, OR an electric, gas, or water bill in your name, cable and phone bills are not acceptable

    If you receive electronic notification that your child’s name was selected, then you must accept the seat on-line and upload the following documents (#5-#8) during the Enrollment Window March 29-April 16, 2021 for your assigned school.

  1. Child’s original Social Security Card OR “Waiver”
    • If a waiver is needed, it will be provided to you during the enrollment window
  2. Child’s Peachcare card, Medicaid card, health insurance card, EBT card (food stamps) and/or TANF (If applicable)
  3. Immunization Certificate (3231)
  4. Vision, Hearing, Nutrition, and Dental Screening Certificate (3300)

Pre-K seat assignments are contingent upon validation of required documents.

2021-2022 Pre-Kindergarten Lottery and Enrollment

Thank you for your interest in the DeKalb County School District Pre-K program. The Pre-K lottery application for the 2021-2022 school year will be available on Monday, February 1, 2021 and will close on Monday, March 1, 2021. Seats are filled randomly through an electronic lottery process. The lottery drawing will be held on March 23, 2021. Results will be released via email to all applicants. Applicants who are awarded a seat, are to upload remaining documents during the enrollment window of March 29-April 16, 2021.

Program Requirements

  • Child must turn four years old by September 1, 2021
  • Child must live within the DeKalb County School attendance zone
  • If you are the parent of twins, triplets, etc., you are required to submit one application per child. If your child is pulled as number 22 on the list, you will have the option to accept the one seat for one twin and place the other on the Waiting List. The second option is to wait until both twins are offered a seat

Process

Applicants can access the online lottery application and all other lottery information by clicking “Apply Now,” button to the left. The Pre-K lottery application for the 2021-2022 school year will be opened and available beginning Monday, February 1, 2021 and will close on Monday, March 1, 2021. If you are unable to complete the application in one sitting, you can save your information and return later, but it must be submitted by Monday, March 1, 2021. Lottery applications will not be accepted after Monday, March 1, 2021 for any reason.

When completing the application, you will only be allowed to make one selection. You must reside in the attendance zone in which you are applying. Once the lottery is completed and a seat is offered, parents will upload the remaining documents to the lottery platform. During this time, all information will be verified. If false information is submitted or if you fail to have adequate documents to support your application, then your Pre- K seat will be forfeited. Please review the Required Documents list on this page.
To submit an application, please click the “Apply Now” button.

**Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Required Documents

Documents required to be uploaded during the on-line application process in order for your application to be considered for the lottery.

Pre-Kindergarten Overview The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is honored to offer 114 lottery funded Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Program classes in 75 sites throughout the district. The