Welcome to the GCPS Pre-K Pilot Program!
For the 2023-24 school year, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) will continue its free Pre-K Program in eight Gwinnett elementary schools—Anderson-Livsey, Beaver Ridge, Benefield, Hopkins, Lawrenceville, McKendree, Nesbit, and Norton. Each school will have two Pre-K classes in the fall. These classes will follow the GCPS calendar and the elementary school’s hours. Pre-K students will attend class within their elementary attendance zone and bus transportation will be provided.
For each pilot school, the two Pre-K classes will serve 16 students each for a total of 32 children. Families who live in a pilot school attendance zone may enter their child in the GCPS Pre-K Lottery if they are interested in their child attending one of the classes at their child's zoned school. While the majority of the seats in the classes will be given to students from the school attendance zone, a portion of seats will be available to children of staff members from the school and cluster.
The GCPS Pre-K Lottery will be held on April 21 with the random selection of students through a digital lottery process. The lottery consists of random drawings from among all applicants within each elementary school attendance zone. Eight separate lottery drawings will be held to determine the class lists and waiting lists for each elementary school. All students entered in the lottery will be randomly selected and placed in order based on their selection. Once the first 32 positions are filled, the names of the remaining children will be placed on the waiting list for the school’s Pre-K program based on their position in the lottery. Each drawing will be recorded. Families will be notified by April 25 to let them know if their child has been randomly selected for one of 32 slots or has been placed on the waiting list.
Should the family of any child selected in the lottery process withdraw their child’s name or give up their enrollment spot, the family of the next child on the waiting list will be contacted and offered enrollment.
Any openings that become available in the Pre-K classes will be filled using the waiting list for that school attendance zone. The district-level Early Learning and School Readiness Director will keep documentation on file for the waiting lists and any slots filled from those lists.
If you have questions about the lottery or the free Pre-K pilot in GCPS, please contact the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness at GCPS.EarlyLearning@gcpsk12.org or contact the pilot school.
GCPS Pre-K Pilot Program Lottery
The GCPS Pre-K Pilot Program is accepting online applications for the 2023-24 Pre-K Lottery February 20 through April 14.
Please note: the lottery closes at 5 p.m. on April 14.
The lottery drawing will be held on April 21.
Please read our Pre-K Enrollment Guidelines and read our Pre-K Lottery FAQs about the lottery process. If you have additional questions, contact the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness at GCPS.EarlyLearning@gcpsk12.org.
What are the age requirements to enroll in GCPS’ free Pre-K Program?
A child must be 4 years old on or before September 1. While children who are 5 years of age on or before September 1 and who have not attended Georgia's Pre-K Program as a 4 year old, may enter the lottery for the GCPS Pre-K Program, priority will be given to 4 year olds.
What is considered acceptable documents for proof of age?
An official document showing proof of birth date. Examples include an original birth certificate or birth registration, an official state or federal form with date of birth, or passport. Parents can order a birth certificate for a child born in Georgia through the state’s ROVER service for a fee: https://services.georgia.gov/gta/rover/
What is acceptable documentation for proof of residency?
For proof of residency in an attendance zone, the assigned school requires proof of residency, which may be verified by presenting a current utility bill (excluding telephone bills) AND one of the following documents: a non-contingent sales contract, current lease/rental agreement, most recent income tax return, current paycheck stub, current residential property tax statement or bill, current warranty or quitclaim deed, current home purchase agreement, or current homeowner’s insurance policy. Documents presented for residency verification must include the same address as the accompanying utility bill. An exception: A deed without an address is acceptable if accompanied by two utility bills (excluding telephone bills) with same address in the attendance zone. A contingency contract is not acceptable. If you live with a friend or family member and need information about verifying your residency, call your local school.
Where can I get the Immunization Form 3231?
Check with your child’s doctor’s office or go to the Health Department to obtain Immunization Form 3231.
Where can I get the Georgia Department of Public Health Form 3300?
Check with your child’s doctor or go to the local Health Department to obtain the Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutrition Screening Form 3300.
Does my child have to have a social security card/number to attend Pre-K?
State law requires that schools ask for this number at the time of enrollment. However, your child will be enrolled, even if the number is not provided under state law (O.C.G.A.20-2-150).
Can I pick up my child early or bring him or her in late in the mornings? Can my child attend Pre-K just a few days a week?
GCPS’ free Pre-K Pilot Program operates just like a school classroom and it is a full-day program. Parents commit to sending their child to school for the complete 6.5 hours a day for 180 days per school year. You can view the calendar for the upcoming school year here.
Is attendance important in Pre-K?
Yes, just like any other grade level in school, attendance in Pre-K is important to help children develop good attendance habits and be successful in school. If a child in the program is routinely absent or late, the school will meet with the family to discuss options.
If I already registered my child for another Pre-K program, can I still enter my child in the lottery to attend this program?
Yes. If your child is selected to attend the free Pre-K program at one of GCPS’ eight pilot elementary schools and you select to attend, you can cancel your registration in the other program.
If my child is selected in the lottery to attend GCPS’ Pre-K, what do I need to bring to the school to complete my child’s enrollment in the program?
Families of students selected in the lottery must complete enrollment with the local school by May 11. Families will need to go to the school to complete the registration process. As part of the process, they will need the following: an official document showing proof of birth date; proof that they live in the attendance zone; evidence of vision, hearing, dental, and nutrition screenings obtained in the past year (a current Georgia Form #3300-Rev. 2013); a valid Certificate of Immunization (Georgia Form #3231); the child’s social security number (or sign a waiver at the school) under state law (O.C.G.A.20-2-150); and proof of authorized adult to enroll the child and a photo ID for that person. Proof of residency in the attendance zone will be required at registration, including a current utility bill (excluding phone bills) and another document (lease, tax return, paycheck stub, etc.) with the same address.
Click here to learn more about registration and documents accepted for proof of residency.
When will registration be held for the students who were chosen in the Pre-K Lottery?
If your child's name is selected in the lottery for a Pre-K class, you will receive Pre-K registration information after the Pre-K lottery drawing on April 25. Families will have two weeks to complete the verification process and accept their child’s position in the Pre-K Pilot Program. If the family does not complete this process by May 19, their child’s spot will be given to a student on the waitlist.