Coweta Pre-K classes to have limited space

Coweta County parents who wish to secure a spot for their child in the school system’s 2013-14 Pre-Kindergarten classes should be aware that space for those classes will be limited. Sign-ups for the available seats will be held from March 11-22.

Elementary schools will accept Pre-K applications for eligible students Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during March 11-22. Applications will be accepted through noon of the day of the drawing, on Friday, March 22. The drawing for spots will be held at schools at 1 p.m. on March 22, according to school system spokesman Dean Jackson.

Unlike other elementary school grades, there are a limited number of Pre-K classes in Coweta schools, Jackson said. If more than 22 students apply for an available Pre-K class, the school must hold a lottery drawing to determine placement in the class. The first 22 students drawn will be awarded a spot in that school’s Pre-K class. The remaining names will be placed in order of draw on a waiting list for that school in case spots in the class open later. Parents do not need to be present for the drawing, Jackson said.

After the March 22 lottery drawing, parents will be able to formally register their child for 2013-2014 Pre-Kindergarten at the central registration office located at 167 Werz Industrial Drive in Newnan. Registration for Pre-K classes will be held on different weeks at the center, depending on which elementary school a child will attend.

 To apply for a spot in next year’s Coweta County School System Pre-K program, parents must visit their child’s districted school and show proof of eligibility to register. That includes:

- the child’s original birth certificate

- proof of residency (electric, apartment lease or house contract). Parents may apply only at the school that serves their legal address

- the child’s Social Security card

- photo identification

Children must be four years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013 to be eligible for next year’s Pre-Kindergarten. Parents can call call 770-254-2820 to inquire about which elementary school district serves their home.

Coweta County’s Pre-K programs serve approximately 550 four-year-olds each year. The program provides a full school day of age-appropriate instructional services to students with a language-rich environment using the High Scope Curriculum which emphasizes a child-centered learning environment, said Jackson.

All teachers are certified with a least a four-year degree in Early Childhood Education. Teachers provide instructional activities and learning experiences in the areas of language/literacy, math, art, science, social studies and creative expressions. Each Pre-k class features a lead certified teacher and an assistant.

Jackson said a maximum of 22 students receive services in each class. Parents are truly valued as a vital component of educating the whole child. Therefore, strong parental involvement is encouraged to ensure success for each of our Pre-K students.

Pre-K students in the, Ruth Hill, Elm Street, Atkinson, and Jefferson Parkway districts will attend pre-K classes at Jefferson Parkway Elementary School, although parents will register at their children at the child’s districted school.

Early registration for new Kindergarten students will be held separately in May.