Pre-K Lottery

The BCSS Pre-K Program will accept online applications for the 2024-2025 Pre-K Lottery from March 1 at 8 a.m. until March 29 at 5 p.m. Sign up for our Pre-K email newsletter to be notified when the application window is open.

Barrow County School System Pre-K

Before you click to apply for the lottery, please have photos of the following required documents ready:

Proof of Residency
Dated within last 30 days

Child's Birth Certificate

Guardian Photo ID

  • To complete the Pre-K lottery application, you will need to provide proof of residency, your child's birth certificate, and guardian's photo identification. You will need to upload a photo or scanned copy of each document. Visit our FAQ Page for details on required documentation.
  • All online lottery applications must be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2023. (This includes the successful upload of your documentation.) No Pre-K Lottery applications will be accepted after 5 p.m.

Pre-K Lottery Drawing

All applications submitted for each Pre-K class will be assigned a lottery number. After you submit your online application, it may take up to three business days to receive your lottery number. Our staff must verify the information provided and then email you with your child's lottery number.

Families with more than one child eligible for Pre-K will be assigned one number and the siblings will be drawn together. The lottery consists of random drawings from all applicants within that elementary school attendance zone.

Starting in the 2024-2025 school year, the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) will reduce the Pre-K Class sizes from 22 students to 20 students per class. The number of Pre-K classes at each school will be determined based on the number of Pre-K Lottery applications and factors such as available space and funding. The Pre-K Classes will be drawn by using one of two ways based on the needs of the school. By drawing class A and Class B (20 students per class) or by drawing 40 students and the school will place the students in their Pre-K Classes.

All families submitting Pre-K Lottery applications will be notified by email whether their child is on a Pre-K class list or on a waiting list.

Waiting List Information

Any openings that become available in the Pre-K classes will be filled using the waiting list from that school attendance zone. (The order of the waiting list is determined by the remaining students drawn in the lottery.) The Pre-K Director will keep documentation on file of the progression of the waiting lists.

If your child was not in the BCSS Pre-K Lottery in April, please email Margrette Bailey or call 770-867-4527 Ext. 100133 to provide the information needed to complete a BCSS Pre-K waiting list form. Once that information is provided, Margrette will place your child on the Pre-K waiting list for your child’s elementary school attendance zone.

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