The Atlanta Public Schools' Pre-Kindergarten program is funded by the Georgia State Lottery, governed by Bright from the Start and partners with Head Start at selected locations. The APS Pre-K program is an age appropriate instructional program that prepares students for a successful transition to kindergarten and beyond. Additionally, this nurturing environment addresses students' academic, social and emotional needs while preparing for kindergarten readiness. Our goal is to ensure that all students gain the needed foundational skills to propel them into a successful future.
Atlanta Public Schools has 54 Pre-K classrooms at 36 school sites across the district. The school system continues to serve approximately 1100 Pre-K children each year. Due to a limited number of seats, a lottery process is used as the fairest method of filling classes.
** All Pre-k Sites and number of classes at each site is tentative and subject to change. Official approval of programs is given in May of each year.
Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards
The Atlanta Pubic Schools' Pre-Kindergarten program offers a rich curriculum, presented to students in a developmentally appropriate manner. The Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS), address the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of students. Students engage in hands-on, authentic experiences designed to prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. For a more a detailed view of GELDS, please access the links below.
Georgia Early Learning Developmental Standards
The Pre-Kindergarten program addresses all GELDS, but places a heavy emphasis on the social and emotional development, letter and sound recognition, phonological awareness, language development, retelling story events and details, numbers quantities, and problem solving.
The Pre-Kindergarten curriculum is taught through multiple topics and instructional units. Please see below for a list of suggested units of study.