40 samoset rd, winchester, ma 01890

Winchester Preschool

2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR:

Lottery Application Form for the 2022-2023 School Year

The preschoolers in our program have been reenrolled along with their siblings for the 2022-2023 school year. 
Classrooms and Available Seats for the 2022 to 2023 School Year:
*morning classroom for 3-year-olds at the Parkhurst Elementary School 
(3 years of age on or by 9/1/2022)
-- 6 seats available for the lottery

*full day classroom for 3-year-olds at the Vinson Owen Elementary School 
(3 years of age on or by 9/1/2022)
-- 4 seats available for the lottery

*full day classroom for 4-year-olds at the Vinson Owen Elementary School 
(4 years of age on or by 9/1/2022)
-- 1 seat available for the lottery

*two full-day classrooms for 4-year-olds at the Parkhurst Elementary School 
(4 years of age on or by 9/1/2022)
-- 4 seats available for the lottery
Currently, our preschool classrooms are located at the Parkhurst Elementary School and the Vinson Owen Elementary School, however, the classroom locations are not guaranteed from year to year due to growing K-5 enrollment at all of Winchester's Elementary Schools.  The District will be closely monitoring enrollment to determine if there is a need to relocate the two preschool classrooms at the Vinson Owen Elementary School to the Parkhurst Elementary School.
2022-2023 Tuition:
Please note the preschool tuition rates are reviewed every year by the School Committee for a possible increase.  The School Committee usually publishes the upcoming school year's tuition rates in mid-Spring.  Below are the 2021-2022 tuition rates for reference:
*Morning Preschool Tuition: $5000 for the year
*Full-Day Preschool Tuition: $9600 for the year
Application to the Lottery:
Beginning on Monday, January 3, 2022 through noon on Friday, January 28, 2022, the application form will be available on our website as well as directions for the $50 non-refundable application fee.  Each applicant must be a Winchester resident and 3 years of age on or by September 1, 2022.  In an effort to maintain the health and safety of our preschoolers and preschool educators, we will not be offering tours of our classrooms and facilities.  Please take some time to view our 3 and 4-year-olds at work and play in the slideshows on the side panel of this website. 
On Monday, January 31, 2022 we will hold a lottery for new students to fill available seats as well as to determine the order of the waiting list.  Families will be notified by email within 48 hours of the lottery on Monday, January 31, 2022, regarding their acceptance into the program or their child’s position on the waiting list.  
By Monday, February 14, 2022, parents will receive directions to register their child for the 2022-2023 school year. The registration packet will be due on Monday, February 28, 2021, with a non-refundable deposit in the amount of $400 for our morning program and $800 for our full-day programs in order to maintain the child’s position within the program.  Tuition assistance is available for qualifying families, please call the preschool office for additional information regarding tuition assistance.

Over the summer months, families will receive additional information including; their child’s teacher’s name, school calendar, and tuition payment dates.

The School Committee will vote on the 2022-2023 tuition in the Spring of 2022.

Winchester Preschool 2021-2022 Tuition Rates and Payment Schedule
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Morning Preschool
Full Day Preschool
Nonrefundable Deposit/September (prior to start) $400 $800
October 1, 2020 $525 $1,000
November 1, 2020 $525 $1,000
December 1, 2020 $525 $1,000
January 1, 2021 $525 $1,000
February 1, 2021 $525 $1,000
March 1, 2021 $525 $1,000
April 1, 2021 $525 $1,000
May 1, 2021 $525 $1,000
June 1, 2021 $400 $800
Total: $5,000 $9,600


The Winchester Public School's Preschool Classrooms are Full for the 2021-2022 School Year. 
Please email Sarah Casey at scasey@winchesterps.org with your child's name and date of birth to be added to the waitlists.
The preschool classrooms follow the WPS calendar for school vacations, holidays, and early release days
(all preschool classrooms dismiss at 11am on early release days)