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Pre-K Lotteries & Waiting Lists

Pre-K 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.   


Pre-K Lottery Drawing Schedule for 2018

Stilson Elementary School

March 19, 3:00 p.m.


Portal Elementary School/ PMHS* 

@ Portal Elementary, March 21, 4:30 p.m.


Nevils Elementary School

March 19, 4:30 p.m.


Brooklet Elementary School/SEB*

@ Brooklet Elementary, March 20, 3:00 p.m.


Langston Chapel Elementary School

March 20, 5:30 p.m.


Julia P. Bryant Elementary School

March 22, 3:00 p.m.


Mill Creek Elementary School/SHS*

@ Mill Creek Elementary, March 22, 4:15 p.m.


Mattie Lively Elementary School

March 21 3:00 p.m


Sallie Zetterower Elementary School

March 22 5:30 p.m.

*High school sites are paired with an elementary school in that zone.

Pre-K Waiting List - 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 their parents completed an out-of-zone application.
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 Pre-K Lotteries & 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 19 pre-k sites with 22 children each for a total of 416 available seats. For this reason, demand may exceed space, so it is important to register during March 1 - March 9. 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 we have both 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.


Key Contacts

Dr. Yvette Ledford, Director
Pre-Kindergarten Program



Jennifer Agnew, Secretary

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