Henry County Schools GA Lottery Pre-K program is an age-appropriate instructional program for 4 year olds that prepares students for a successful transition to kindergarten and beyond. The program is a full day program that operates under the regular school calendar. The school day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:25 p.m.
Pre-K teachers use Georgia Early Learning Development Standards (GELDS) to make every moment with your child a learning opportunity. To explore the GELDS, go to http://gelds.decal.ga.gov/.
Below you will find information regarding our application and lottery selection process.
To see where our Pre-K programs are located click here.
Currently, Pre-K seats are filled for the 2020-21 school year. Completing the Back-To-School Registration Selection Form for GA Lottery Pre-K and opting in for onsite or remote learning does not register your child for the GA Lottery Pre-K program. Only those selected through our lottery process should identify their remote or on-campus preference.
*Instructional delivery options MUST be approved by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.*
The Henry County Schools Pre-K lottery was conducted on March 5, 2020. The rosters and waitlists at all locations are currently closed. Additionally, we are not accepting applications for additional waitlists at this time. In the event the waitlist is re-opened at any location, the school will be notified and the information will be posted on the Pre-K website.
If you would like to search for other possible locations at community-based providers, Bright from the Start offers a search feature for families to locate Georgia Pre-K Programs. You can access this information at http://families.decal.ga.gov/PreK/Search
* Please note, community-based sites are independently operated and not affiliated with the Henry County Schools’ Pre-K programs. Contact these locations for specific information regarding their Pre-K program. Their admission process including procedures and enrollment periods may vary.
2020 – 2021 Pre-K Lottery Application
Henry County Schools Pre-Kindergarten Lottery Process
The Pre-Kindergarten lottery application for the 2020-2021 school year is available from January 27, 2020 – February 7, 2020. Completing the lottery application does not guarantee that your child will be selected for a seat. Lottery applications will NOT be accepted after February 7th for any reason.
The lottery drawing will take place on March 5, 2020. Notification of selection will be sent to the email provided on the lottery application. Applications must have a valid email address. Please check your email, including spam and junk mail folders, for notifications beginning March 9, 2020.
For your child to be eligible for the Henry County Schools Georgia Lottery Funded Pre-Kindergarten program:
- Your child must turn 4 years of age, on or before September 1, 2020
If you are the parent/guardian of twins, triplets, multiple siblings, etc. who are age-eligible for Pre-Kindergarten, you are required to submit one application per child. Please note that all applications are selected individually. Therefore, there is a chance that only one child will be selected for a seat on the roster.
Out of District Applicants:
In accordance with Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, a child who resides within another local school system’s attendance zone may not be denied service but may be placed on a waiting list until all children who do reside within the district are enrolled.
Therefore, once all Henry County applicants have been selected for a roster and all waitlists have been exhausted, out of district applicants will be contacted to fill vacancies.
If you reside outside of the Henry County Schools district and wish to apply for the out of district waitlist – please click HERE. You should receive a confirmation of your submission via email. The out of district waitlist will be established in the order of submission.
Seats are filled through a random selection lottery process. You may submit ONE application per child.
The selection process consists of a two-tier lottery system.
Tier 1: Students who live within the attendance zone of the selected school will receive priority in the lottery selection. Addresses will be verified and seats will be filled from this list first. Once all seats are filled, a waitlist will be created from the remaining applicants.
Tier 2: Students who do not reside within the attendance zone of the desired school, but live within the Henry County School district, will be selected through a random lottery process and placed on the waitlist. This waitlist will be used if a class is not filled with tier 1 applicants or the tier 1 list is exhausted before all seats are filled. Additionally, if selected for a seat on the roster, you must provide transportation to and from the school.
If you are unsure of your school attendance zone, click here.
If your child is zoned for a school that does not offer GA Lottery Pre-Kindergarten, you may submit an application for the school closest to you. However, applications that are not zoned for a GA Lottery Pre-Kindergarten locations are considered tier 2.
Once you have submitted your lottery application, you should receive an email verifying submission. There is no need to contact the Office of Early Learning after submission.
All Henry County School employees are eligible to apply. However, HCS employee status does not automatically guarantee a seat on the roster. Applications will follow the guidelines of the lottery process.
Children who are 4 years old by September 1, 2020 are eligible to participate in the 2020-2021 Pre-Kindergarten program. Acceptance into the program will be based on a random lottery selection process for each school site with priority given to children residing within the individual school attendance zone.
Eligibility for Enrollment
If selected for a seat on the roster, the documents below will be required at the time of registration. Henry County Schools Registration Requirements
- Photo ID of the parent/guardian registering the student (government-issued photo id, driver’s license, passport)
- Child’s Social Security Card (original card or waiver)
- Age Documentation (original or certified copy of the birth certificate indicating 4 years old by September 1, 2020. It must have a state seal and file number.)
- Proof of Guardianship (original birth certificate with parent name OR guardianship documents)
- Proof of Residency (lease/property tax statement and power/gas bill OR address affidavit**)
- Certificate of Immunization (Form 3231)
- Certificate of Eye, Ear, Dental, and Nutrition Exam (Form 3300)
- Henry County Registration Form
- Forms required from Bright from the Start: Roster Information Form & Registration Form
Pre-K students follow the Henry County Schools calendar and abide by the Henry County Schools Attendance Policy. Students are expected to be in attendance for the full instructional day (7:45 am -2:25 pm), every school day. Students who are absent for 10 consecutive days without a medical excuse, must be removed from the class per state guidelines.
HENRY COUNTY SCHOOLS | PRE-K PROGRAMS
Austin Road Elementary School | 50 Austin Rd. | Stockbridge, GA 30281 | 770.389.6556
Fairview Elementary School | 458 Fairview Rd. | Stockbridge, GA 30228 | 770.474.8265
Hampton Elementary School | 10 Central Ave. | Hampton, GA 30228 | 770.946.4345
Mt Carmel Elementary School | 2450 Mt. Carmel Rd. | Hampton, GA 30228 | 770.897.9799
Oakland Elementary School | 551 Hwy 81 West | McDonough, GA 30253 | 770.954.1901
Pate's Creek Elementary School | 1309 Jodeco Rd. | Stockbridge, GA 30281 | 770.389.8819
Tussahaw Elementary School | 225 Coan Dr. | McDonough, GA 30252 | 770.957.0164
Wesley Lakes Elementary School | 685 McDonough Pkwy. | McDonough, GA 30253 | 770.914.1889
Woodland Elementary School | 830 North Mosley Dr. | Stockbridge, GA 30281 | 770.506.6391
- Your child must turn 4 years of age, on or before September 1, 2020
Degrees and Certifications: