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Lottery Instructions for Preschool 2021-2022 School Year







                                  WE WILL BE IN CONTACT WITH FAMILIES BY MAY 28TH.                                             WE ARE SORRY FOR THE DELAY.




Preschool Selection by Lottery will occur during the week of  April 19.  Families must complete all parts of this application to be entered into the lottery.

If there are more applications than available spots, students are selected by lottery. Per Maine DOE rules, approval for our preschool program is based on priority being given to ensure that 60% of students served qualify for free or reduced price meals and 15% qualify for CDS services. 

We have 48 spots available in two programs: two preschool classrooms at Kaler School (total of 32 students), and one at Skillin School (total of 16 students). We provide transportation to students from the Skillin, Brown and Kaler School districts to Skillin or Kaler.  We reserve the right to assign students to schools outside their K-5 district to ensure ability to place and transport students. The preschool school day is from 8:30 - 1:30 p.m. with no aftercare. 

Students who receive a slot will be notified by mail no later than May 7, 2021. Students who have submitted an application by the April 15 deadline and are placed on a wait list will also be notified by mail no later than May 7, 2021. We ask that you do not call the office for the lottery results prior to May 7. 


A Complete Registration requires the following Three Steps

STEP 1    

Complete the Preschool Lottery Application & Home Language Survey for the 2021/2022 school year by April 15th*.

Forms can be returned 

by mail 

South Portland Schools

Preschool Program

130 Wescott Road

South Portland, Maine 04106

by email:


Forms may also be put in our secure drop box attached to the building outside the Central Office entrance to Memorial Middle School (Door #27) at 130 Wescott Road. If you choose to use our drop box, please make sure your forms are in an envelope before placing them in the box. 

                   *Applications received after April 15 will be placed on a waitlist.

STEP 2             

Student Enrollment

If your child has been accepted into the Preschool program, you will be given instructions on how to formally register your child for the upcoming school year. To secure your child’s spot in our Preschool program, you must complete the formal enrollment process prior to June 11, 2021. If this enrollment deadline is not met, your child’s name will be placed on the wait list.

STEP 3             

Preschool Developmental Screening 

Your child’s preschool teacher will provide you with the date and time of your child’s developmental screening and arrange for a home visit.

*Bus transportation through the South Portland School Department will only be available for preschoolers residing in the Kaler, Brown, and Skillin neighborhoods. Transportation for all other preschoolers will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

*The South Portland School Department is unable to guarantee transportation to or from day care centers.


Download forms here on or after April 1st