PreK (4Y)

Santa Fe Public Schools Preschool

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SFPS offers free PreK for four-year-old children in Santa Fe. We offer full-day programs in various school sites. During face-to-face, our PreK programs offer instruction four days a week.  

In our PreK classes, children learn through play. We provide an inviting learning environment that allows children to learn through self-guided exploration. We also offer developmentally appropriate, teacher-supported activities that encourage independence, self-control, creativity and critical thinking. 

What you need to know:

  • All families interested in a preschool program will submit an online Preschool Application.  
  • To be eligible, children must be 4 years old on or before August 31st of the upcoming school year.
  • The application submission period will be open from March 1st to May 3rd, 2021. 
  • All our sites have a maximum enrollment; thus completing an application does not guarantee enrollment. Seats are offered based on a lottery; children applying to their school zone during the lottery window will get priority. 
  • All applications submitted during this window will be part of the Preschool Student Lottery that will take place on May 12, 2021.
  • All applicants who apply after May 3rd, 2021, will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Transportation is available to children attending Pre-K in their neighborhood school zone. Families must transport their children to PreK classes, not in their neighborhood school.

**Please note that SFPS PreK program seats are contingent upon State funding. 


Current PreK Programs:

Aspen Community School
Atalaya Elementary

Cesar Chavez Elementary E.J. Martinez

El Camino Real Academy (bilingual) Kearny Elementary

Nava Elementary

Nina Otero Community School 

Nye Early Childhood Center Pinon Elementary

Ramirez Thomas Elementary (English only and bilingual) Salazar Elementary (bilingual)

Sweeney Elementary (bilingual)

How to apply:

Steps to Apply and register:
1. Fill out an application (link above). A confirmation number will be sent to you. You will be able to use this number to check your status on the waitlist after the lottery takes place. Parent(s)/guardians may select two schools within the Preschool Application form. If there are two distinct classrooms (e.g. bilingual and English only) in one school site, families may apply for the specific program of their choice. If a second Preschool Application form is submitted, the first one will be removed.

2. If your child receives a seat, you will receive an email and will have to accept with in ten (10) calendar days. You must provide a valid ID to accept your student's placement. If acceptance is not completed after the ten calendar days, you forfeit the seat.

3. After your acceptance letter is stamped, you will go to to complete online registration. You will submit a New Student Registration form.

4. To complete registration, you will then go to the assigned school to register your child. You will need stamped acceptance, birth certificate, valid parent or guardian's photo ID, up to date immunization record, two proofs of residency, and Tribal Membership documentation (if applicable).

For more information about this program, please contact Amy Casados at 467-2547 or

SFPS PreK program seats are contingent upon State funding.


** Nye Early Childhood Center offers half-day preschool to 3-year olds. To obtain more information and apply for a seat, please contact the school (505)467-4600.


Preschool Lottery for 2021-2022 is open
Click A Button Below To Submit Your On-Line Preschool Lottery Application for the current  school year:

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Santa Fe Public Schools hosts an annual lottery process for parents who wish to enroll students in preschool. The application window is from March 1st to May 3rd, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Applications received after 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2021 will not be included in the lottery and will be placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are received. The lottery will be held on May 12, 2021.

- SFPS PreK lottery will take place on May 12 and results will be available on the website on May 14. All families will be placed on a waitlist and receive notification of acceptance once SFPS receives State funding.

Las Escuelas Públicas de Santa Fe organizan uns lotería anual para los padres que desean inscribir a sus estudiantes en preescolar. La ventana de solicitud es del 1ero de marzo al 3 de mayo de 2021 a las 11:59 p.m. Solicitudes recibidas después de este periodo, no se incluirán en el sorteo y se colocarán en la lista de espera en el orden en que se reciban. La lotería se llevará a cabo el 12 de mayo de 2021.

- La lotería del programa de peescolar del las escuelas publicas de Santa Fe se llevará a cabo el 12 de mayo. Los resultados estarán disponibles en el sitio web el 14 de mayo. Todas las familias serán puestas en una lista de espera y recibirán una notificación de aceptación una vez que SFPS reciba  fondos estatales.



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