Wondering What to Do About Pre-K?

Wondering What to Do About Pre-K?


Are you beginning to think about Pre-K? Your child’s education can be one of the most overwhelming decisions you have to make as a parent. We are so lucky to have many different options in the Grant Park area – but it can be difficult to know where to start!

If you missed our Pre-K/Kindergarten forum last week (or if you didn’t take as detailed notes as you would have liked), here’s a little bit of information to get you started! There are two main options for Pre-K in the Grant Park area: lottery funded Pre-K and tuition based.

The Lottery Funded Pre-K program is operated by Atlanta Public Schools. There are 42 Pre-K classrooms at 35 school sites across the district – one of those being at Parkside Elementary. Because there is a limited number of seats in these Pre-K classrooms, a lottery process is used to fill available seats. The lottery application acceptance period will begin on February 2, 2015 and run through February 27, 2015. To participate in the Pre-K Lottery, your child MUST turn 4 by September 1, 2015 and reside within the Atlanta Public Schools district lines. You can see a complete list of lottery-funded Pre-K locations here.

As for Tuition-Based Pre-K Options, there are four popular private preschools in the neighborhood (and countless others throughout the Intown Atlanta neighborhoods.)

The Children’s Garden is housed at Park Avenue Baptist Church. The Children’s Garden has classes for children between the ages of 19 months – 5 years. Enrollment of new students is lottery-based. Applications for the 2015-2016 year may be submitted January 31-March 31, 2015. The lottery will be held Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, and parents will be notified via email on April 2nd. For more information about the Children’s Garden, check out their open house on Saturday, January 31.

Grant Park Cooperative Preschool (GPCP) has two campuses – one at St. Paul United Methodist Church here in Grant Park and the other in Cabbagetown. GPCP Curriculum is influenced by Reggio Emilia philosophy, with classes for children between the ages of 1-5 years old. Applications from new families may be submitted February 1st – February 12, 2015. All new families interested in enrolling at the preschool are required to attend one Open House session. For more information and Open House dates, click here.

The Ormewood School is located in and affiliated with Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church. Classes are available for children one to four years of age. Open registration for The Ormewood School begins February 3, 2015. For more information about the school, or to setup a tour of the grounds, click here.

Urban Explorers Preschool (UEP) is housed in the Georgia-Hill government building (the same building as the library!) UEP has programs for children from infancy-Pre-K. For more information about registration and to setup a visit, click here.

And please feel free to reach out to other Grant Park parents with questions on our new forums! Families in the neighborhood are a wealth of knowledge!