Lori Warren, Ed. S. Richmond Hill Pre-K Center Project/Site Director (7 classes)
Jeff Hodges, Ed. S. North Bryan Pre-K Center Site Director (4 classes)
Bryan County Prekindergarten Program for the 2013-2014 School Year
For the 2013-2014 school year, the district will have 11 Prekindergarten classes with 22 students in each class. The District has sent acceptance letters to the families based on the order of the lottery drawing. All students whose lottery number is beyond the number of student seats awarded by Bright from the Start should have received a letter stating that their information will be placed on the district waiting list.
The Bryan County Prekindergarten Program provides child-centered learning experiences for children who meet age eligibility by turning four years of age by September first of each school year for a total of 180 school days. Each class is staffed with a 22:2 student/teacher ratio with 22 being the maximum class size. There are two prekindergarten centers in Bryan County, Pembroke Prekindergarten located at Lanier Primary School (4 classes), Richmond Hill Prekindergarten Center (7 classes).
The full day program provides a language-rich environment in which early learners are introduced to the formal educational setting that begins in Kindergarten. All Pre K programs in Bryan County use the High Scope Curriculum which emphasizes a child-centered environment that teachers children to make learning choices and to interact appropriately in the school environment. The curriculum involves active learning and provides the children with age appropriate materials. Pre-literacy and pre-math skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
There are currently 11 state-funded Pre K classes with the Bryan County School System (4 in Pembroke and 7 in Richmond Hill). The children who participate in the Pre-K program enter Kindergarten with the readiness skills necessary to be successful lifelong learners! The Pre-Kindergarten Program is funded entirely by the Georgia State Lottery and is considered to be one of the finest educational programs in the nation. The school system currently serves 242 four year olds each year. However, there are always more children seeking spaces in Prekindergarten than there are seats available, and for that reason the school system uses a lottery process as the fairest method of filling classes. Each class has a maximum class size of 22 children.