Preschool Lottery

April 24, 2019

The Hoboken Public School District would like to thank you for registering your child for PK-3 for the 2019-2020 school year. It’s an exciting time for Hoboken Early Childhood, as we have been able to expand based on the high demand for our program. We are adding 7 classrooms to our current fifty-nine. This brings us to 66 classrooms and a total of 990 total PK seats.

The scheduled registration period for our PK program concluded on April 5, 2019. Based on the number of children who registered during the allotted time period between April 1st and April 5th, we are happy to report that all 540, PK-3 registrants will receive a seat for September and will not be part of a lottery process.

All current PK-3 students, enrolled in our Early Childhood Program will continue into our PK-4 Program for September. We are projecting 13 open seats for PK-4. We currently have a pending placement list with 15 children that are in need of PK-4 seats for September. We will be placing the first 13 students on that pending placement list in September’s PK-4 Program and will move numbers 14 and 15 on that list to numbers 1 and 2. These children will not be part of the lottery process.

During the scheduled registration period between April 1st and April 5th, we did enroll 38 new registrants for September’s PK-4 Program. These 38 children will participate in a lottery that will take place on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Brandt School Auditorium in order to generate a numerical pending placement list beginning at number 3. Families do not need to be in attendance for the lottery, but are certainly invited. Please note that it is possible that the availability of seats for next year’s PK-4 Program may increase even prior to the lottery as a result of families notifying us of any changes.

It is critical that if your plans for September change and your child will no longer continue in our program, please be sure to contact the Office of Early Childhood as soon as possible at This will give us the opportunity to update our records and place any students who may be on a pending placement list.

In addition, any child that registers for PK-3 or PK-4 after April 5th, will not be a part of the lottery process on May 8th and will be added to the end of the pending placement list, in the order in which the registration packet is received.


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