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Orange Pre-School Blind Lottery

“Limited Openings” for 2020-21 Community Peer/Tuition Based Program

The Orange Elementary School System is now accepting names for the “Blind Lottery” for our 2020-2021 Pre-School Program.  Our Special Education/General Education integrated Pre-School Program is looking for both three and four-year old children to enroll as community peers.  Our Pre-School Program enriches each child’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive, intellectual, and creative abilities through early academic and social experiences.  It is designed to prepare the children for early success and school readiness.

Community peer children are selected thru the “Blind Lottery”.  The total cost of tuition for the community peers will be $3,250.  This fee-based Pre-School Program is held 5-days/week, for 3-hrs/day.  No transportation is provided for general education community peers.

The Pre-School Program follows the district’s school year calendar:  the AM class is held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the PM class is held from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Each classroom will be a blend of three and four-year old children.  Class sizes are limited to a total of 12 students per class, which includes our special education students.  By law, students with special needs identified with an IEP are placed in the Pre-School Program by the Dept. of Special Services through the PPT process.

In order to participate in the lottery your child must be 3 yesrs old but not older than 4 years old by December 31st, 2020.  All children must be toilet trained and a bona-fide Orange resident.  If a child’s third birthday falls between September – Deember. 2020 they will be able to start on their third birthday.

The blind lottery is conducted in two stages.  One:  All names are ‘picked out of a hat’ by age group for the “limited number of available spaces”, with the remaining names drawn and placed on a waiting list.  Two:  the 2nd drawing decides if your child will attend the AM or PM class to balance each classroom with an equal amount of 3-year old and 4-year old children.

If you wish to have your child participate in the Blind Lottery, please call the Special Services Dept. (203-891-8023) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to place your child on the list.  We will be accepting names for the blind lottery up until 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2020.  Parents will be mailed a letter of the lottery results by February 7, 2020.

Your tuition deposit of $325 will be due by Monday, February 24th to reserve the space for your child.  Your deposit is the first month’s tuition for September 2020.  Registration paperwork needs to be completed by March 24th 2020.  Tuition payments are due on the first of the preceding month, e.g. tuition for October will be due September 1st.  Any further questions call the Special Services Dept. (203-891-8023) at the Orange Board of Education.

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