Barrow County School System
Applications for the Barrow County School System (BCSS) 2020-2021 Georgia Pre-K Program will be accepted March 2-31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BCSS Professional Development Center, located at 179 West Athens Street in Winder. *Parents of Pre-K students please do not pre-register until instructed to do so after the lottery drawing.*
Pre-K Lottery applications will be available online starting March 2, 2019. Families can print an online application or complete one at the Professional Development Center.
The Pre-K Lottery application information must be turned in to the BCSS Professional Development Center Pre-K Program located at 179 West Athens Street in Winder by the end of the day on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Any applications received after March 31, 2020, will be placed on the waiting list and were not eligible to participate in the lottery. Completion of an application does not guarantee that a child will be enrolled, but instead places the child on the list for the BCSS Pre-K Lottery for 2020-2021.
Pre-K Lottery Forms:
Pre-K Open Enrollment Guidelines - English | Spanish
Pre-K Waiting List Form - English | Spanish
Pre-K Lottery Drawing
On April 17, 2020, nine separate lottery drawings will be held to determine the class lists and waiting lists for each elementary school. The lottery consists of random drawings from all applicants within that elementary school attendance zone. These drawings are open to the public and will be held at the BCSS Professional Development Center.
Families who are interested in attending these drawings may attend according to the following schedule:
Pre-K Lottery Times for 2020-2021 Classes - April 17, 2020:
11:00 AM Holsenbeck Elementary11:30 AM Kennedy Elementary12:00 PM Statham Elementary12:30 PM Yargo Elementary 1:00 PM Winder Elementary9:00 AM Auburn Elementary
9:30 AM Bethlehem Elementary
10:00 AM Bramlett Elementary
10:30 AM County Line Elementary
2020-2021 Pre-K Program Waiting List
The waiting list will be used to fill any available openings. You have the option of placing your child on the waiting list for the elementary school attendance zone in which you are zoned. If you would like to have your child placed on the waiting list, call Karen Bedford at 770-867-4527.
Parents may make a special request based on their individual situation to keep their child on the BCSS Pre-K waiting list by contacting Karen Bedford at 770-867-4527.
Pre-K Parent Resources/Links
Pre-K Program Information
All Barrow County School System (BCSS) Pre-K classes/slots are pending state budget/funding and approval of the BCSS Pre-K Grant Agreement by Bright from the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
The BCSS Georgia Pre-K Program will be located at the nine elementary schools and will follow the Barrow County School System calendar and elementary school hours. Bus transportation will be available. The BCSS Pre-K classes teach the Bright from the Start GELDS (Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards) and use the Open the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum. You may also visit The Bright from The Start website for more information on the Pre-K program and other resources.
The Barrow County School System will have 18 Pre-K classrooms located at the nine elementary schools.
All Pre-K students must attend a Pre-K class within their elementary school attendance zone - unless student numbers create a need for a combo class. The number of Pre-K classes at each elementary school will be determined based on the number of applications taken in the lottery and other factors such as space available, etc. The first 22 students drawn in the lottery from each elementary school attendance zone will be in Pre-K Class A. The next 22 students drawn will be in Pre-K Class B. If there is a need for a class C in that school attendance zone, then the next 22 students drawn will be in Pre-K Class C. The rest of the students drawn in the lottery will establish the order of the waiting list for that school attendance zone. Enrollment is limited to twenty-two students per class. Any openings that become available in the 18 elementary Pre-K classes will be filled using the waiting list from that school attendance zone. The Pre-K Director will keep documentation of the progression of the waiting lists.
Pre-K Class List