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Pre-K Lottery Process

Many people wonder how the Portland Public Schools Pre-K lottery process is conducted.  Please read on to learn more about it:

  • To conduct the Pre-K lottery, we first consider the pool of applicants who applied within the lottery application window, which is a three-week time period when the application is live on the website. We use a random number generator to mix all the applicants together and pull names from that pool at random. This means that it does not matter when you apply within the window, as long as your application is received by the deadline.
  • Once the names are pulled, we initiate our placement process.  Our first priority is to place students at their neighborhood school or, when the neighborhood school doesn’t have a Pre-K classroom, at the nearest community partner site. If a child who has a twin or same-age sibling is pulled in the lottery, we will automatically place their twin/same-age sibling in class with them.

Pre-K Applications

Thank you for your interest! We are still enrolling students for the 2022-23 school year. If your child was born between October 16, 2017 and October 15, 2018, click below to apply in your preferred language: