• Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Lottery Procedure

    Legal parents/guardians of age appropriate students residing within the Lancaster Central School District should submit an application by the date determined by the District. Only one application may be submitted per family. Duplicates cannot be accepted and will be removed prior to the lottery. Preference for morning or afternoon classes will be requested.

    Parents may attend the lottery. Student names will be recorded on morning or afternoon lists as the lottery progresses. This will not represent your child’s class in the fall. Information regarding your child’s class/teacher will be sent to you over the summer.

    Available seats are filled as followed:

    All submitted names will go into the randomizer.
    Next to each student’s name is a letter signifying the session requested:
    A = AM only
    B = PM only
    E = Either AM or PM
    Families who selected “Either AM or PM” will be placed in the session with the fewest students at the time their child’s name is drawn.
    If the first name drawn has an “E”, the student will be placed in the AM class.
    If AM and PM are equal at the time of the drawing, the child will be placed in AM session.
    If a session preference is closed, the student will be placed on the wait list.
    Twins, triplets, etc. are automatically enrolled if their sibling is chosen, if there is room in that time period.

    Please Note:

    Children cannot occupy a space in a class while on the wait list for another. For example, a child cannot hold a seat in the afternoon class and be on the morning wait list.

    Changes from one session to another will not be accepted.

    Lottery results will be available at the lottery. In addition, results will be given by US Mail approximately two weeks following the lottery. Lancaster Central School District will not be able to give results by phone, email, fax or in person.

    Applications received after the lottery application due date will be placed on the wait list.

    Registration materials will be mailed to you along with lottery results. Please follow directions for registration. Failure to make your appointment and complete your child’s registration by the District’s designated dates will result in forfeiture of your child’s seat in Pre-K, with your child being placed on the wait list.