About 150 full-day kindergarten seats are up for grabs.
Loudoun County Public Schools is holding a division-wide lottery for the seats, that are open at 12 schools for the 2017-18 school year.
The available space is at the following elementary schools: Algonkian (11 seats), Emerick (11), Evergreen Mill (23), Frederick Douglass (23), Guilford (8), Horizon (7), Meadowland (9), Mountain View (14), Newton-Lee (6), Rolling Ridge (17), Round Hill (7) and Sterling (14).
The lottery is open for incoming kindergarten students who: are registered at one of the 16 elementary schools that do not already offer every kindergartner a full academic day; do not already qualify for a full-day program; and will otherwise be placed in half-day kindergarten class. Parents who participate in this lottery must be willing to provide transportation for their child to the school.
Interested parents can complete an online entry form here.
Deadline to submit online lottery entries is 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 31. The drawing will take place a 2 p.m. Friday, June 2; parents do not have to be present in order for their child to be selected.
The school system is working toward one day providing every kindergartner with a full, six-hour school day. Superintendent Eric Williams has said the biggest hurdle to reaching universal full-day kindergarten is finding the classroom space, especially in the fast-growing Dulles area, where schools are already crowded.
By this fall, the county school system will provide 4,600 students, or 82 percent of all kindergartners, with full-day kindergarten.