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Pre-K Lotteries & Waiting Lists

Safety Alert: Lottery Drawing Changes

Safety Alert: Our previously scheduled Pre-Kindergarten Lottery Drawings have been cancelled due to the noveal coronavirus. Instead all drawings will be conducted on Thursday, March 26, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the school district’s Central Office.  In the interest of public health, the lotteries will not be open to the public, but will be live streamed on this webpage. See the schedule of times below. The video of each lottery will also be posted on this page.

To protect your child's privacy, administrators will call each child by their application number instead of by name.  The school district will be calling and emailing all parents who registered their child for Pre-K for the 2020-2021 school year with their child's application number.

If you have questions after the drawings, elementary schools will have someone at the school from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. weekdays to answer your questions.  

On March 26, when a school's name is hyperlinked, click on its link to view its lottery drawing via live stream or archived video.

Live Stream Accessibility Issues: You must enable Javascript and install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player to view the video. Try this link to download these for your browser if necessary. Some Internet browsers depending on their versions and video player capabilities may not be able to access the live stream.  If this occurs for you, please note that an archived video will be posted immediately after the live stream for which you should not experience a viewing error.  Also, all schools will also contact all families whose child's name was drawn for the lottery to confirm their slots. 

Archived Video Accessibility: Videos are being placed immediately after each live stream event without optimizing and resizing them for the web due to the timing of each live stream. Later today we will be uploading optimized archived videos, which will assist you with opening an archived video at a faster download speed if you are unable to open the un-optimized video archive.

School Date Time
Brooklet Elementary & Southeast Bulloch High* (both at Brooklet Elementary)  Archived Video March 26 9 a.m.
Julia P. Bryant Elementary School Archived Video March 26 10 a.m.
Langston Chapel Elementary Archived Video March 26 11 a.m.
Mattie Lively Elementary Archived Video March 26 12 p.m.
Mill Creek Elementary & Statesboro High School*  Archived Video March 26 1 p.m.
Nevils Elementary  Archived Video March 26 2 p.m.
Portal Elementary School Archived Video March 26 3 p.m.
Sallie Zetterower Elementary Archived Video March 26 4 p.m.
Stilson Elementary Archived Video March 26 5 p.m.
Pre-Kindergarten Lotteries

A Pre-Kindergarten lottery is held for each school zone where there are more registered students than available class slots.  A lottery is defined as a process or outcome which is governed by chance; therefore, parents do not choose which Pre-K site their child will attend in that zone. For school zones where there is more than one Pre-K site (i.e. an elementary site and a high school site), one lottery will be used to place children in that zone’s available slots. 

To be considered for the Pre-Kindergarten lottery drawing, you must complete the registration process and submit any out-of-zone forms (if necessary) online by Friday, March 13, at midnight. School offices will not schedule any registration appointments or receive any documentation after 2 p.m., on March 13, 2020. Two evening registration nights are scheduled for February 25 and March 5, from 4:30 - 7 p.m., at the Bulloch County Board of Education.

Lottery drawings this year are not open to the public, they will be streamed live on this website and an archived video posted. See the schedule of each lottery below. After each lottery, we will contact the parents of each student chosen during the lottery, so that the registering parent can formally accept the enrollment. This must be done to officially enroll the child. 

Pre-Kindergarten Waiting Lists

A Pre-K waiting list is defined as a list of children, who are awaiting possible placement in a Pre-K site. Each zone has one waiting list. For school zones where there is more than one Pre-K site (i.e. an elementary site and a high school site), the two sites share a single waiting list. 
Children are placed on a waiting list if they did not receive placement at a Pre-K site in their zone due to full enrollment. Children may also be placed on a waiting list for a Pre-K site that is not in their zone. 
If a child receives placement in a Pre-K site, the parent can either accept or deny the placement. In an instance where there are two Pre-K sites in a zone (an elementary and a high school site) and a family participated in a Pre-K Lottery, the child received placement at a Pre-K site, and the parent denied placement at that site, the child will not be placed on a waiting list at the other Pre-K site within that same zone because the sites share a single waiting list.

Why are Lottery Drawings & Waiting Lists Necessary

The Georgia Department of Early Learning (also known as Bright from the Start) administers Georgia Pre-K and Bulloch County Schools hosts Pre-K sites on each of its elementary and high school campuses. Unlike grades K-12 for which we accommodate each child in Bulloch County who registers for school, Pre-Kindergarten is an optional program and the Georgia Department of Early Learning decides and approves how many sites our school system can host. This does limit the number of children we can register, but we do provide lists of other Pre-K sites in the community and a waiting list for our sites.

Bulloch County Schools has 11 pre-k sites with a total of 20 classrooms that have 18-22 children each for a total of 446 available seats. For this reason, demand may exceed space, so it is important to register during the announced Pre-Kindergarten Registration period. Even if you feel a Pre-K site will fill up, please complete a registration packet, and if necessary, ask to be placed on the waiting list or ask about other sites in and out of your school zone.  Waiting lists help us show demand for the program and could lead to additional sites being granted to the school system.

May a child remain on an out-of-zone wait list after they have accepted a spot at his or her attendance-zoned school? 

Yes, the child may remain on the out-of-zone list until faculty pre-planning begins, which is the week prior to the new school year.

What if I register after the Pre-K lottery drawing?

Children who are registered after the Pre-K Lottery drawing will be automatically placed at the bottom of the waiting list for their zoned school and alternate school if indicated. 

Points to Remember

Please note the following:

  • High school sites are paired with an elementary school in that zone.
  • We ensure that all of our Pre-K classes have a guaranteed and viable curriculum. Our students have an equal opportunity to be immersed in a positive learning environment and have educational experiences which focus on the Pre-K developmental standards. 
  • We understand the importance of providing students with an early start with their educational experiences as well as providing a smooth transition to kindergarten in their zone school.
  • As vacancies occur within a Pre-K classroom, applicants will be notified from the waiting list which will be in the order of the names drawn in the lottery. 
  • Applicants who registered after the registration window are placed on the waiting list in the order that the packet was received.