Pre-Kindergarten Virtual Option

  • WCPSS offers a free, high quality pre-kindergarten program for children who will be 4 years old by August 31. Students learn skills appropriate for their age in order to prepare them to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. Students qualify for the program based on academic need.



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  • Pre-K Virtual Option

    Families interested in the Pre-K Virtual Option must commit to participate in the virtual option for the entire school year.

    Apply for Pre-K by June 30
    Families interested in the Pre-K Virtual Option must first apply for the pre-K program. Applications for the pre-K program must be submitted by June 30, 2021. Learn more and apply today.

    Applications received after June 30, 2021 will only be considered for Telamon Head Start and NC Pre-K. Requests and referrals for special education services are accepted and evaluated year-round.

    Students will be selected for the pre-K program after June 30. Families typically receive notification of selection by mid-August.   

    Selecting Pre-K Virtual Option
    Families approved for Title I Pre-K or Special Education Pre-K may choose the virtual option during the student assignment process. 


    Pre-K Student, Family and Teacher Responsibilities

    Familes interested in the Pre-K Virtual Option should carefully review the Pre-K Student, Family and Teacher Responsibilities (ESP) guidance, which outlines the minimum commitments that they must be willing to uphold in order to participate.


    Daily Structure and Instruction 

    Pre-K Virtual Option students are required to attend live class and complete asynchronous activities. Full day students will participate in approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes of instruction and part day students will participate in 2 hours and 45 minutes of instruction. These times will include a combination of live, real-time instruction and/or family facilitated activities. Full day and part day students are expected to participate in a minimum of 1 hour and 20 minutes of live instruction per day. For students with disabilities, instructional time may vary, increase, or decrease beyond the baseline based on the student’s individual education program. 

    Students will follow the same pre-K curriculum whether learning online or in-person. Instruction will focus on student development, growth, and building learning capacity. Students may not have access to specials or elective programs in a fully online environment. 

    Pre-K Virtual Option students will be assigned to a qualified WCPSS district-level teacher instead of a school-based teacher. Support for special education services will be provided by related service providers.