Santa Fe Public Schools Preschool

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On-line Preschool Application


SFPS offers free Preschool for four-year-old children in Santa Fe. We offer full and half day Preschool in various school sites. Our Preschool programs are open Monday through Thursday with no school on Fridays.

In our Preschool classes, children learn through play. We provide an inviting learning environment which 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. 

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

Transportation is available to children attending Pre-K in their neighborhood school zone. Families must transport their children to Preschool classes not in their neighborhood school.

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 period IS OPEN-  from January 3rd to  April 30th. All our sites have a maximum enrollment; thus completing an application does not guarantee enrollment. Seats for half and full-day programs are offered based on a lottery. Online applications for the 2019-2020 Will be accepted from January 3 to April 30, 2019. Applications received after 11:59 p.m. on April 30th, 2019, will not be included in the lottery and will be placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are received. Applicants who apply after April 30th will be placed on a waiting list. The lottery will be held on Wednesday, May, 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Results will be published on the same day by 8:00 pm.

Full-Day Programs:

Atalaya Elementary
Cesar Chavez Elementary
E.J. Martinez
El Camino Real Academy (bilingual)
Nava Elementary
Nina Otero Community School (English & bilingual)
Pinon Elementary
Ramirez Thomas Elementary (English & bilingual)
Salazar Elementary (bilingual)
Tesuque Elementary

Half-Day Programs:

Kearny Elementary
Nye Early Childhood Center
Sweeney Elementary (bilingual)

Steps to apply and register: 

1. Fill out an application. A confirmation number will be sent to you.  You will be able to use this number to check your status in the wait list after the lottery takes place.  Parents(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 a letter that you must sign and return in person at 610 Alta Vista Street within ten (10) days. You must provide a valid ID to accept your student’s placement.

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

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

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

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