• Pre-K III

  • 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.

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    2022 – 2023 GA Pre-Kindergarten
    Lottery Updates


    The GA Lottery Pre-K application for the 2022-2023 school year is closed. Rosters and primary waitlists were established from the applications submitted during the January 24th – February 4th lottery window.

    Secondary Waitlist Application 

    The secondary waitlist is now closed. All secondary waitlist applications will be established in the order received.***Completing an application for the secondary waitlist does not guarantee a seat on a roster for the 22-23 school year.***


    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 https://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.


    Henry County Schools Pre-Kindergarten Lottery Process

    The Pre-Kindergarten lottery application for the 2022-2023 school year was available on January 24, 2022 – February 4, 2022. An application submission does not guarantee that your child will be selected for a roster seat. Lottery applications will NOT be accepted after February 4th at 11:59 p.m. for any reason. Applications must have a valid email address. 

    The lottery drawing took place on March 3, 2022. Notification of selection was sent to the email provided on the lottery application. Please check your email, including spam and junk mail folders, for notifications beginning on March 7, 2022. 

    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, 2022


    Multiple Siblings:
    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. Once you have applied for the lottery, you must contact the Office of Early Learning at PreK@henry.k12.ga.us to inform us that you have multiple age-eligible children entered into the lottery. Emails must be received by Monday, February 7th by 5:00 p.m. 

    During the lottery drawing, the applications will be selected together. However, there is a chance that only one child will be selected for a seat on the roster. In the event that sibling applications are drawn for the last seat on the roster, only one sibling will be placed on the roster and remaining siblings will be waitlisted. 

    ***Failure to inform the Office of Early Learning via email regarding multiple sibling applications will result in each application being selected individually. 


    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.


    Lottery Process: 
    Seats are filled through a random selection lottery process. You may submit ONE application per child. 

    The selection process consists of a three-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 if 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.


    Tier 3: Applicants who reside outside of Henry County. 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 are unsure of your school attendance zone, click here

    If your child is zoned for a Henry County 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 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, unless your submission is for multiple age-eligible siblings.  

    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 tier process.  Employees who do not meet the qualifications for tier 1 will be considered a tier 2 applicant. Employment status will be verified. 

    Children who are 4 years old by September 1, 2022 are eligible to participate in the 2022-2023 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, 2022.)
    • Proof of Guardianship (original birth certificate with parent name OR guardianship documents)
    • Proof of Residency (lease/property tax statement, and 1 utility bill: power/gas bill/trash/cable/water OR address affidavit**)
    • Certificate of Immunization (Form 3231)
    • Certificate of Eye, Ear, Dental, and Nutrition Exam (Form 3300)
    • Forms required from Bright from the Start: Roster Information Form & Registration Form


    Attendance Requirements
    GA Lottery Pre-Kindergarten 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.



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    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



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Krystal Richter

Director  |  Early Learning & Innovative Practice
krystal.richter@henry.k12.ga.us  | 770.957.6547 x01446

 Professional Learning Specialist  |  Randy Butler

 Administrative Assistant  |  Leighann Moore
melissa.moore@henry.k12.ga.us  |  770.957.6547 x01428