Lotteries for preschool, pre-kindergarten create long waitlists

Interest in DCPS lotteries for preschool, pre-kindergarten and K-12 out-of -boundary seats continued to grow this year, with unique applicants increasing by more than 25 percent over 2010. School officials said the lotteries generated more than 6,600 unique applicants, with 59 percent securing placement in one of their requested schools.

The expanding participation means long waitlists, especially for preschool and pre-kindergarten programs on Capitol Hill. Peabody Elementary’s pre-school program has 519 names on a waitlist; Brent’s waitlist is 365. There are 327 names waitlisted for the new Montessori program at Logan.

A systemwide list of seats is here . Officials said that because availablity of seats and numbers of students on waitlists is constantly changing, families are urged to contact schools directly for the most updated information. Families interested in joining a waitlist or securing a seat at a school with space available should also contact the school directly.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.
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