Barrow County School System
Applications for the Barrow County School System (BCSS) 2019-2020 Georgia Pre-K Program will be accepted March 1-29 from 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. at the BCSS Professional Development Center, located at 179 West Athens Street in Winder. **Parents of Pre-K students please do not pre-register until instructed to do so after the lottery drawing.*
Parents will be required to show current proof of residency to verify their elementary school attendance zone. Proof of residency is a utility bill (electricity, gas, water, cable/satellite, garbage or house phone, settlement statement, or a rental/lease agreement). Parents will also need to bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate or other acceptable proof of age and identity to verify the child’s birthday/age. Children must be 4 on or before September 1, 2019 in order to apply for the 2019-2020 Pre-K Program. Children who are 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2019 and have not attended Georgia’s Pre-K Program as a 4 year old may enroll in the BCSS Pre-K program. Parents are encouraged to consider the child’s date of birth, physical maturity, emotional maturity, and prior experiences when making the decision to enroll their child in the Pre-K program at age four or at age five.
The Pre-K Lottery application information must be turned in to the BCSS Professional Development Center Pre-K Program located at 179 West Athens Street in Winder by the end of the day on Friday, March 29, 2019. Any applications received after March 29, 2019, will be placed on the waiting list and were not eligible to participate in the lottery. Completion of an application does not guarantee that a child will be enrolled, but instead places the child on the list for the BCSS Pre-K Lottery for 2019-2020.
Pre-K Lottery Forms:
Pre-K Application (English)
Pre-K Application (Spanish)
Pre-K Open Enrollment Guidelines (English)
Pre-K Open Enrollment Guidelines (Spanish)
Pre-K Lottery Drawing
On April 12, 2019, nine separate lottery drawings will be held to determine the class lists and waiting lists for each elementary school. The lottery consists of random drawings from all applicants within that elementary school attendance zone. These drawings are open to the public and will be held at the BCSS Professional Development Center.
Families who are interested in attending these drawings may attend according to the following schedule:
Pre-K Lottery Times for 2019-2020 Classes - April 12, 2019:
11:00 AM Holsenbeck Elementary11:30 AM Kennedy Elementary12:00 PM Statham Elementary12:30 PM Yargo Elementary 1:00 PM Winder Elementary9:00 AM Auburn Elementary
9:30 AM Bethlehem Elementary
10:00 AM Bramlett Elementary
10:30 AM County Line Elementary
2018-2019 Pre-K Program Waiting List
All Pre-K slots for the 2018-2019 Pre-K Program are filled. The waiting list will be used to fill any available openings. You have the option of placing your child on the waiting list for the elementary school attendance zone in which you are zoned. If you would like to have your child placed on the waiting list, please call Karen Bedford at 770-867-4527, or come by the Professional Development Center, located at 179 West Athens Street in Winder.
Pre-K Parent Resources/Links
Barrow Book Partnership Fall Newsletter (English)
Barrow Book Partnership Fall Newsletter (Spanish)
Piedmont Regional Library Info. (English)
Piedmont Regional Library Info. (Spanish
Pre-K Program Information
All Barrow County School System (BCSS) Pre-K classes/slots are pending state budget/funding and approval of the BCSS Pre-K Grant Agreement by Bright from the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
The BCSS Georgia Pre-K Program will be located at the nine elementary schools and will follow the Barrow County School System calendar, and elementary school hours. Bus transportation will be available along with breakfast and lunch. The BCSS Pre-K classes teach the Bright from the Start GELDS (Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards) and use the Open the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum. You may also visit The Bright from The Start website www.decal.ga.gov for more information on the Pre-K program and other resources.
The Barrow County School System will have 18 Pre-K classrooms located at the nine elementary schools.
All Pre-K students must attend a Pre-K class within their elementary school attendance zone. The number of pre-k classes located at each elementary school will be determined based on the number of applications taken in the lottery and other factors such as space available, etc. The first 22 students drawn in the lottery from each elementary school attendance zone will be in Pre-K Class A. The next 22 students drawn will be in Pre-K Class B. If there is a need for a class C in that school attendance zone, then the next 22 students drawn will be in Pre-K Class C. The rest of the students drawn in the lottery will establish the order of the waiting list for that school attendance zone. Enrollment is limited to twenty-two students per class. Any openings that become available in the 18 elementary Pre-K classes will be filled using the waiting list from that school attendance zone. The Pre-K Director will keep documentation of the progression of the waiting lists.
Pre-K Class List