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Parents can apply for limited Pre-Kindergarten spaces March 9 through 20 at Coweta elementary schools


Parents who wish to secure a spot for their child in 2015-16 Coweta County School System Pre-Kindergarten classes will be able to do so at their child’s district school between Monday, March 9 and Friday, March 20.

During that two-week period, parents can apply for a spot in the limited-space Pre-K classes for the upcoming school year. Pre-K application ends at noon on Friday, March 20, and drawing for spots will be held at schools at 1:00 p.m. on March 20. Parents do not have to be present for the drawing in order for students to be selected into the program.

To apply for a spot in next year’s Coweta County School System Pre-K program, parents must visit their child’s districted school and show proof of eligibility to register. That includes:

· The child’s original birth certificate.
· Proof of residency (electric, apartment lease or house contract). Parents may apply only at the school that serves their legal address.
· The child’s Social Security card.

· Photo identification.

Children must be four years old on or before September 1, 2015 to be eligible for next year’s Pre-Kindergarten. Parents can call 770-254-2820 to inquire about which elementary school district serves their home.

Unlike other elementary school grades, there are a limited number of Pre-K classes in Coweta schools. If more than 22 students apply for an available Pre-K class, the school must hold a lottery drawing to determine placement in the class. 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 for that school in case spots in the class open later. Parents do not need to be present for the drawing on March 20.

Elementary schools will accept Pre-K applications for eligible students on Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during March 9 through 20. All selected students will be notified by the contact information provided on the application.

After the March 20 lottery drawing, parents will be able to formally register their child for 2015-2016 Pre-Kindergarten at the Central Registration Office, 167 Werz Industrial Drive. Registration for Pre-K classes will be held on different weeks at the Center, depending on which elementary school a child will attend.

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

Coweta County Schools has served four-year-olds through the Georgia’s Pre-K Program for over 20 years. Each year the school system provides quality age-appropriate instructional services to eligible students with certified teachers and assistants. The program operates on a full day (6.5 hours), five-day-a-week schedule which includes instructional activities and learning experiences in language and literacy, math, art, science, social studies and creative expressions.

Coweta County’s 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. cowetaschools.org, or call the Pre-K office at 770-254-2800.

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Six-time STAR teacher, Alice taught Advanced Placement English, literature, composition, speech and theater for over twenty years, part of which time she also served as Director of Admissions, Development, Public Relations, and Alumni at Oak Mountain Academy. She is the managing partner of Ridley-Teal Properties and content editor for the City Menus. She is a board member of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and enjoys playing flute with the Carroll Community Wind Ensemble.