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Orange Pre-School Blind Lottery

Limited Tuition Based Program for Community Peers

Mary L. Tracy School is known as a place where “the love of learning and the love of children are celebrated each and every day”!  For a limited number of children that love of learning begins with our Pre-School Program.  The Orange Elementary School System is accepting names for the “Blind Lottery” for our 2017-2018 Pre-School Program.  Our Special Education integrated Pre-School Program includes a small number of general education community peers.  By law, students with special needs identified with an IEP are placed in the Pre-School Program by the Department of Special Services through the PPT process.

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 by “Blind Lottery” which is a fee-based, 5-days/week, 3-hrs/day, Pre-School Program.  The total cost of tuition for general education community peers will be $3,250.  If a family qualifies for the State’s Free and Reduced Lunch Program, they may be eligible for tuition assistance.  We do not provide transportation for general education community peers.

Our Pre-School Program follows the district’s school year calendar and the hours are:  AM class is held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and our PM class is held from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Each classroom will be a blend of both 3 yr. old and 4 yr. old students.  Class sizes are limited to 12 students per class, which includes the special education students.  In order to participate in this lottery your child must be 3 yrs. old by December 31st, 2017 but not older than 4 yrs. old by December 31st, 2018.  Children turning 3 yrs. old during the months of September thru December 2017 will start program upon their third birthday.

The blind lottery is conducted in two stages.  One:  names are ‘picked out of a hat’ by age (3s and 4s are grouped separately) for the children who will be given an opportunity to attend the Pre-School Program.  Two:  lottery will decide if your child will attend the AM or PM classroom, with a goal to balance each classroom with an equal amount of 3s and 4s.

All children must be toilet trained and bone-fide Orange resident.  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 to participate in the Blind Lottery.  We will be accepting names to enter the blind lottery up until 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Parents will be notified of the lottery results by February 8, 2017.  A non-refundable tuition deposit of $325 is due by February 15th to reserve the spot for your child.  Registration paperwork will be due by March 31st, 2017.  The deposit is your first month’s tuition for September.  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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