Frequently Asked Questions

  • How old does my child need to be to enroll in the lottery?

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    Your child must be 3 years of age on or before August 31, 2023 and fully potty trained to enroll as a peer partner.

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  • Why is there a preschool lottery?

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    The Falmouth Public Schools has moved to a lottery registration system because a large number of parents have expressed interest in having their children attend our public school program. There is often more demand for enrollment than there are available openings. This system provides fair access to our programs.

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  • How does the lottery work?

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    All children’s names that are entered into the lottery will be pulled and assigned a number.  The names will be drawn, alternating between boys and girls. Children will be assigned a preschool slot for their preferred session.

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  • How do I sign up for the lottery?

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    Preschool applications are available in January of each year on the Falmouth Public Schools website, or you may request an application by contacting the Office of Student Services at 508-548-0151 x 143, or email Donna Bordieri dbordieri@falmouth.k12.ma.us and one will be sent to you. Applications should be returned as soon as possible, but will not be accepted for the lottery after February 10, 2023 at 4p.m.

    Please return all applications to:
    Falmouth Public Schools
    Office of Student Services
    340 Teaticket Highway
    East Falmouth, MA 02536

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  • What kind of information is needed to sign up a child for the lottery?

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    A completed preschool application must be submitted to the Office of Student Services.

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  • I have two children to sign up for the lottery. Do I need to fill out one form for each child?

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    Yes. An application must be completed for each child.

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  • When and where is the lottery held?

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    The lottery will take place on February 16, 2023 at 11:30 am at the Administration Building, 340 Teaticket Highway in East Falmouth.  You are welcome to attend the lottery in person.  We will also send a Zoom link for any family who would like to attend virtually.  Your child’s results will be mailed to you.

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  • Can I attend the lottery?

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    You are welcome to attend the lottery in person. We will also send a zoom link for any family who would like to attend virtually.

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  • How will I know if my child has a preschool slot?

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    All children’s names that are entered into the lottery will be pulled and assigned a number. Letters to all who participated in the lottery will be mailed within seven days notifying you of the results.

    If your child’s name was drawn for an available preschool slot, you will be mailed additional information on school-based registration, immunization requirements, and tuition payments, etc. Children will not be allowed to begin preschool in September without up-to-date immunizations. Additionally, your child must be toilet trained to begin preschool as a peer.

    A non-refundable tuition deposit of $100.00 will be due no later than March 17, 2023 to secure your child’s slot.

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  • If my child’s name was not drawn, are there other options?

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    Yes. The Town of Falmouth has other high-quality private preschools, center-based and family childcare centers located in the community. If you would like a list of these preschools, you may contact Bethany Gay of the Coalition for Children at 508-548-0220 and a listing will be sent to you.

    The Falmouth Public Schools will maintain a waitlist of children who did not obtain an available slot in the order that their name was drawn in the lottery. If an opening becomes available, parents will be notified and offered an opportunity to enroll their child in the program. If a parent declines the opportunity to enroll, they may remain on the waitlist, but their name is moved to the bottom of the list in order to provide fair access.

    The waitlist remains in effect for that school year only and does not carry over to the next school year.

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  • What if I do not get my deposit in on time?

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    All deposits must be received by March 17, 2023. If your child has been granted a slot and you are experiencing a financial hardship, please contact Aja Gonzales at the Office of Student Services at 508-548-0151 ext 112.

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  • If my child is enrolled in the FPS preschool, will he/she be guaranteed a slot for the next year?

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    Yes. If your child accepts a slot, enrolls and attends, then they are guaranteed a slot the following year or until the child enters kindergarten.

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  • What if I have a concern about my child’s development?

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    If you have a concern about your child’s development, please email Jaime Rapoza, Early Learning Coach, Falmouth Public Schools at jrapoza@falmouth.k12.ma.us

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  • What days are the various preschool sessions held?

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    Morning sessions are 9:05 AM – 11:45 AM and are (5) days, Monday through Friday mornings.

    Afternoon sessions are 12:50 PM – 3:20 PM and are (4) days, Monday through Thursday afternoons.

    Pilot 4 day extended AM session is 9:05 AM - 1:05 PM (4) days, Monday through Thursday.

    (The district reserves the right to adjust the start and end time of these programs. Families will receive ample notification should there be a minor adjustment to the schedule).

     

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  • Where is the Preschool Program located?

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    The Integrated Preschool program is a district-wide program housed at East Falmouth Elementary School.

     

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  • How many children are in each class?

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    There is a maximum of 15 children enrolled in each preschool class. Programs are integrated, meaning that a number of children in the program receive special education services and the remaining openings are reserved for peer partners.

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  • How many staff are in each classroom?

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    There is one preschool teacher and at least one teaching assistant in each preschool classroom.

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  • How much does it cost & when are tuition payments due?

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    Tuition for the 2023-2024 school year:

    4 day afternoon session is $1,620.00

    5 day morning session is $2,100.00

    4 day Pilot session is $2,600.00

    A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is due with your application.  The deposit will be deducted from the total tuition.

    Tuition is payable in full prior to the start of preschool, or in (3) installments as follows:

    First installment due by July 14, 2023

    Second installment due by October 6, 2023

    Third installment due by February 9, 2024 

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  • Are there any other fees?

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    There is a $25.00 returned check fee.

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  • Who do I make the check out to and where do I send the tuition payment?

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    Checks should be made out to: Falmouth Public Schools

    Tuition payments should be mailed or dropped off at: 

    Falmouth Public Schools

    Student Services

    340 Teaticket Highway

    East Falmouth, MA  02536

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  • What if my child is sick, or we go on vacation, do I still have to pay?

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    Yes. Tuition is payable for the school year regardless of non-attendance.

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  • Is financial assistance available?

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    Yes. Families can apply for reduced tuition by contacting Aja Gonzales at 508-548-0151 x 112.

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  • How will my child get to school every day?

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    Families of peer partners are responsible for their child’s transportation. If you have a hardship with transportation, please contact the Office of Student Services at 508-548-0151 Ext 112.

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  • If I have any other questions, is there someone to call

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    Yes. You can direct all other questions to:

    The Office of Student Services at 508-548-0151 x 143 or Jaime Rapoza, Early Learning Coach at 508-548-1052 x 213 or email jrapoza@falmouth.k12.ma.us

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