Welcome to RCSS Pre-K!
In alignment with the district's Strategy Map, the Pre-Kindergarten Program's focus is on improving early literacy and numeracy skills to help our early learners develop and become self-confident, independent learners. Students are involved in child-centered instruction that promotes creativity in rich and exciting learning environments.
The Richmond County School System has 58 Georgia Lottery funded Pre-K classes in 31 elementary schools. The System has implemented the Georgia Pre-K program since 1994 and provides a full instructional day to eligible four-year-old residents of Georgia. The maximum class size is 22 students, with the exception of the blended Pre-K/Head Start classrooms; these classes have 20 students each. Each class has a lead and an assistant teacher. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily, and students are given rest time.
More information about the Georgia Lottery funded Pre-Kindergarten Program can be found by visiting, www.decal.ga.gov.
The Creative Curriculum is used in all of our Pre-K classrooms; this research-based, state-approved curriculum features exploration and discovery as ways of learning.
Children must be four years of age on or before September 1, 2023 based on acceptable documentation: birth certificates, certificates of live birth, passports, official medical documents, legal documents, or official documents from other countries. Only children whose birthdates are from September 2, 2018 through September 1, 2019 are eligible for participation in the 2023–2024 school year. Proof of age eligibility and residency must be on file no later than the first day the child begins the Pre-K program.
As long as there is space available after our initial lottery occurs in the spring, students from any county in Georgia can attend our Pre-K program. It is important to note that if a child is attending a school outside of his/her zoned school, transportation to and from school will be the responsibility of the parents. Transportation is only provided for students that are attending their zoned school. It is also important to note that if a child attends a school outside of their attendance zone for Pre-Kindergarten, the child must return to his/her zoned elementary school for kindergarten unless approved by House Bill 251.
Additional Teacher Resources can be found by logging into Schoolwires, and selecting Teacher Resources: Documents and Links found on the Teaching and Learning webpage.