Rabun County Schools Pre-K

Rabun County Schools GA Lottery Pre-K program is an age-appropriate instructional program for 4 year olds that prepares students for a successful transition to kindergarten and beyond. The program is a full day program that operates under the regular school calendar. The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.

Pre-K teachers use Georgia Early Learning Development Standards (GELDS) to make every moment with your child a learning opportunity. To explore the GELDS, go to http://gelds.decal.ga.gov/.

Below you will find information regarding our application and lottery selection process.

The Pre-K Lottery for the 2024-25 school year has closed.  Please call 706-212-4350 and ask to speak with Kelly Nixon to be placed on our Pre-K Waitlist. 

Rabun County Schools Pre-Kindergarten Lottery Process

The Pre-Kindergarten lottery application for the 2024-2025 school year will open March 1, 2024 – March 15, 2024. The application will be available starting March 1, 2024, and can be accessed by clicking HERE.  **This link is only for families living in Rabun County.  If you live in another county, please see below for a separate link.

Completing the lottery application does not guarantee that your child will be selected for a seat. Lottery applications will NOT be accepted after 4:00 p.m. March 15th for any reason. Applications must have a valid email address.

The lottery drawing will take place on March 18, 2024. Notification of selection will be sent to the email provided on the lottery application. Please check your email, including spam and junk mail folders for notifications beginning on the afternoon of March 18, 2024.

For your child to be eligible for the Rabun County School’s Georgia Lottery Funded Pre-Kindergarten program:

  • Your child must turn 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2024.

If you are the parent/guardian of twins, triplets, multiple siblings, etc. who are age-eligible for Pre-Kindergarten you are required to submit one application per child. Please note that all applications are selected individually and there is a chance that only one child will be selected for a seat on the roster.

Out of District Applicants:

In accordance with Bright from the Start and Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, "A child who resides within another local school system’s attendance zone may not be denied service but may be placed on a waiting list until all children who do reside within the district are enrolled".

Therefore, once all Rabun County applicants have been selected for a roster and all waitlists have been exhausted, out of district applicants will be contacted to fill vacancies.

If you reside outside of the Rabun County Schools district and wish to apply for the out-of-district waitlist – please click HERE. (The application will be available starting March 1, 2024). You should receive a confirmation of your submission via email. The out of district waitlist will be established in the order of submission.


Lottery Process: 
Seats are filled through a random selection lottery process. You may submit ONE application per child. 

Once you have submitted your lottery application, you should receive an email verifying submission. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Nixon or Kelly McKay at 706-212-4350.

All Rabun County School employees are eligible to apply. However, RCSS employee status does not automatically guarantee a seat on the roster. Applications will follow the guidelines of the lottery process.  

Children who are 4 years old by September 1, 2024, are eligible to participate in the 2024-2025 Pre-Kindergarten program. Acceptance into the program will be based on a random lottery selection process.

Eligibility for Enrollment
If selected for a seat on the roster, the documents below will be required at the time of registration. Rabun County Schools Registration Requirements

  • Photo ID of the parent/guardian registering the student (government-issued photo id, driver’s license, passport)
  • Certified copy of birth certificate
  • 2 Proofs of Residency **One from the list below AND the other a current utility bill
    • Current lease/rental agreement
    • Recent income tax return
    • Current paycheck stub
    • Current Medicaid card (only if it contains your visible address)
    • Current residential property tax statement or bill
    • Current warranty or quitclaim deed
    • Current home purchase agreement
    • Current homeowner's insurance policy
  • Certificate of Immunization (Form 3231)
  • Certificate of Eye, Ear, Dental, and Nutrition Exam (Form 3300)
  • Child’s Social Security Card (original card or waiver) 

Attendance Requirements
GA Lottery Pre-Kindergarten students follow the Rabun County Schools calendar and abide by the Rabun County Schools Attendance Policy. Students are expected to be in attendance for the full instructional day (8:00 am - 3:00 pm), every school day. Students who are absent for 10 consecutive days without a medical excuse, must be removed from the class per state guidelines.