Parents can apply for Pre-K spaces March 10-21

Parents who wish to secure a spot for their child in the 2014-15 Coweta County School System Pre-Kindergarten classes can do so at their child’s district school beginning tomorrow, March 10.

From tomorrow until Friday, March 21, 2014, parents may apply for a spot in the limited-space classes for the upcoming school year. Application ends at noon on March 21, and drawings for spots will be held at schools at 1:00 p.m. Parents do not have to be present for the drawing.

To apply, parents must visit the districted school and show proof of eligibility including: • The child’s original birth certificate. • Proof of residency (electric, apartment lease or house contract). • The child’s Social Security card. • Photo identification. Children must be four years old on or before September 1, 2014 to be eligible for Pre-Kindergarten. Call 770-254-2820 regarding school districts.

There are a limited number of Pre-K classes in Coweta. If more than 22 students apply, the school must hold a lottery drawing to determine placement. The first 22 students drawn will be awarded a spot in that school’s Pre-K class; the remaining names will be placed in order of draw on a waiting list in case a spot in the class is available later.

Elementary schools will accept applications for eligible students on Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 through 21. Selected students will be notified by the contact information provided on the application.

After the drawings, parents will then formally register their child at the Central Registration Office, 167 Werz Industrial Drive. Registration will be held on different weeks at the Registration Center, depending on which elementary school a child will attend.

Early registration for new Kindergarten students will be held separately in May.

County Pre-K programs serve approximately 550 four-year-olds each year. The program provides a full school day of age-appropriate instructional services to students with a language-rich environment using the High Scope Curriculum which emphasizes a child-centered learning environment.

All teachers are certified with a least a four-year degree in Early Childhood Education. Teachers provide instructional activities and learning experiences in the areas of language/literacy, math, art, science, social studies and creative expressions. Each Pre-k class features a lead certified teacher and an assistant.

For more information on the Pre-K program, please visit the school system’s website at www., or call the Pre-K office at 404-254-2800.

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