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, 2021 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 have moved to a lottery registration system because a large number of parents have expressed interest in having their children attend these public school programs. 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 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 will be available on 1/22/21 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 Barbara Mitchell at bmitchell@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 March 1, 2021 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 submitted preschool application.

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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 March 4, 2021 at 3:30pm. Your child’s results will be mailed to you.

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  • Can I attend the lottery?

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    Due to COVID-19, we will not be conducting the lottery in person this year however you are welcome to participate by joining the zoom lottery session.

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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 31, 2021 to secure your child’s slot.

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  • If my child’s name as 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 The Office of Student Services at 508-548-0151 x 143 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 31, 2021. If your child has been granted a slot and you are experiencing a financial hardship please contact the Office of Student Services.

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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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    AM sessions 9:05 AM – 11:45 AM PM sessions 12:50 – 3:20 PM

    (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).

    The (4) day session: Monday through Thursday PM The (5) day session: Monday through Friday AM

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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 the East Falmouth Elementary School. We also have a specialized program at the Teaticket Elementary School with limited number of peer slots available.

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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 2021-2022 school year is:

    4 day session $1,632.00
    5 day session $2,160.00

    Non-refundable deposit is due by March 31, 2021 $100.00

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

    First installment due by July 9, 2021 - $510.67 (4 day), $686.67 (5 day)

    Second installment due by October 08, 2021 - $510.67 (4 day), $686.67 (5 day)

    Third installment due by February 11, 2022 - $510.66 (4 day), $686.66 (5 day)

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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 Donna Bordieri 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 143.

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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 jrapoza@falmouth.k12.ma.us

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Last Modified on January 22, 2021