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Pre-Kindergarten Program

*Application Window:  January to mid-March each year.

The Rankin County School District’s Pre-K Program is a Title I funded, free full-day program serving four-year-old children. All students must live with their parents/legal guardians within the boundaries of our district and meet all requirements for attendance in the Rankin County School District.  Our students will participate in a variety of activities designed to stimulate social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth through planned learning experiences.  Each Pre-K school site will accept up to 20 students per site. Our Pre-K program is limited to serving no more than 100 students (5 site locations) per school year.

  • McLaurin Elementary School 
  • Pelahatchie Elementary School
  • Pisgah Elementary School
  • Puckett Elementary School
  • Richland Elementary School


  • Child must be 4 years old on or before September 1.
  • Child and family must live in the School Zone.
  • Child must be completely potty trained upon submission of application.
  • Each child will be given a universal early learning screener to assess basic foundational skill knowledge.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into a Pre-K classroom.
  • A student waiting list is maintained for those who are not a part of the original class make-up.


Items needed for a completed Pre-Kindergarten application packet

  • The child’s State Certified Birth Certificate
  • The child’s Certificate of Immunization Compliance Form 121,8569,71.html
  • Group I Proof of Residency: Homestead exemption, lease, mortgage, OR property deed with current address on it.
  • Group II Proof of Residency: Current utility bill dated within 30 days of application.  Acceptable Bill: Electricity, gas, landline telephone, cable TV, satellite TV, and water bill.
  • Note: If an item is not provided, the Pre-K application process is considered incomplete and cannot be considered for the Pre-K class in the Rankin County School District.


The Rankin County School District’s Pre-K Program does not discriminate in its program on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, age or genetics.

Step One:  The Director of Pre-K gathers all submitted applications from each school site (McLaurin Elementary, Pelahatchie Elementary, Pisgah Elementary, Puckett Elementary, and Richland Elementary School).

Step Two:  Each application is assigned a number which allows all names and addresses to be omitted.

Step Three:  The Pre-K Selection Committee consists of elementary curriculum specialists, an elementary principal, and an EL (English Language Learner) teacher. They receive a printout that does not contain the name or address of any child. The printout contains a corresponding number that correlates to each individual submitted application. The Pre-K Selection Committee is tasked to randomly select children while ensuring each classroom is balanced.  From this selection a class roll is developed, as well as the waitlist for each school.

Step Four:  Parents are notified via the U.S. Postal Service, using only the physical mailing address indicated on the application submitted of either their child’s acceptance and/or waitlist for the Pre-K program in the Rankin County School District.  Notifications letters are not mailed to Post Office boxes.