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Pre-K Lotteries & Waiting Lists

A Pre-Kindergarten lottery is held for each school zone where there are more registered students than available class slots.  Lottery drawings for the 2019-2020 school year will occur March 25 - March 28, 2019, at school sites.

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 beginning February 11, and submit any out-of-zone forms (if necessary) online by Friday, March 15, at midnight. School offices will not schedule any registration appointments or receive any documentation after 2 p.m., on March 15.

Lottery drawings are open to the public. See schedule below. Parents do not have to be present for their child to be chosen. However, parents of all students chosen during the lottery must formally accept the enrollment. This can be done after the lottery. Parents who do not attend the lottery will be notified using the contact information (phone number) provided during registration. Parents are encouraged to contact the school to accept their spot.

Pre-K Lottery Drawing Schedule for 2019

School Date Time
Portal Elementary School March 25 9:00 AM
Sallie Zetterower Elementary School March 25 3:00 PM
Brooklet Elementary School &
Southeast Bulloch High School* (both at BES)
March 25 4:00 PM
Stilson Elementary School March 26 9:00 AM
Nevils Elementary School March 26 3:00 PM
Mattie Lively Elementary School March 27 3:00 PM
Langston Chapel Elementary School March 27 4:30 PM
Julia P. Bryant Elementary School March 28 3:00 PM
Mill Creek Elementary &
Statesboro High School* (both at MCES)
March 28 4:30 PM

*High school sites are paired with an elementary school in that zone. Please note the following:

  • 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 today’s lottery. 
  • If there are in-zone students on the high school list who wish to be placed at the elementary school, we will call from that list to fill the spot until school begins. No one will be changed from high school to elementary school after school begins.  
  • The waiting list will be used to fill any other vacancies.  
  • Only one change can be made to a student on the list. 
  • All changes are final.  
  • Applicants who registered after the registration window are placed on the waiting list in the order that the packet was received.

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 20 pre-k sites with 22 children each for a total of 440 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 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

Dee Dee Bennett, Director

Cyndi Westberry, Admin.Assist.