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Pre-K Lottery

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 Professional Development Center at 179 West Athens Street in Winder.

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.

Pre-K Lottery Forms

Pre-K Enrollment Guidelines (Spanish)
Pre-K Lottery Application (Spanish)
Waiting List Form (Spanish)

Please do not pre-register a Pre-K student until instructed to after the lottery drawing.

  • Parents will be required to show current proof of residency to verify their elementary school attendance zone. Proof of residency is a utility bill (electricity, gas, water, cable/satellite, garbage or house phone, settlement statement, or a rental/lease agreement).
  • Parents will also need to bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate or other acceptable proof of age and identity to verify the child’s birthday/age. Children must be 4 on or before September 1, 2020 to apply for the 2020-2021 Pre-K Program. Children who are 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2020 and have not attended Georgia’s Pre-K Program as a 4-year-old may enroll in the BCSS Pre-K program. Parents are encouraged to consider the child’s date of birth, physical maturity, emotional maturity, and prior experiences when making the decision to enroll their child in the Pre-K program at age four or at age five.

The Pre-K Lottery application information must be turned in to the Professional Development Center Pre-K Program 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 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 schedule below.

Pre-K Lottery Times for 2020-2021 Classes - April 17, 2020:

Auburn Elementary - 9 a.m. 
Bethlehem Elementary - 9:30 a.m. 
Bramlett Elementary - 10 a.m. 
County Line Elementary - 10:30 a.m.
Holsenbeck Elementary - 11 a.m.

Kennedy Elementary - 11:30 a.m.
Statham Elementary - 12 p.m.
Yargo Elementary - 12:30 p.m.
Winder Elementary - 1 p.m.

Pre-k registration

If your student's name is drawn in the lottery, you will receive a letter in the mail explaining the next steps. Pre-registration is one of those steps. 

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.

Upcoming Events

January 28

BOE Work Session

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

February 4

BOE Meeting

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM