We are pleased to announce that SFPS will be expanding PreK services at Aspen Community School. If your child is 4 years old or will turn 4 before September 1st, you are eligible to apply to this free PreK program. Families will have to apply online here Seats will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Spaces are limited, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. You can call Amy Casados for assistance at (505) 467-2547.

Nos complace anunciar que SFPS ampliará los servicios de preescolar en Aspen Community School. Si tu hijo tiene 4 anos de edad o los cumple antes del 1ero de septiembre puedes solicitar un lugar a este preescolar gratuito. Las familias deberán presentar su solicitud en línea en aquí Los lugares se ofrecerán de acuerdo al día y hora en el que se reciba su solicitud. Los espacios son limitados, por lo que recomendamos solicite lo antes posible. Si necesita ayuda metiendo su solicitud puede llamar a Amy al (505) 467-2547.

Preschool Lottery Application For 2020-2021 Is Now Available! 

Santa Fe Public Schools hosts an annual lottery process for parents who wish to enroll students in preschool. Applications are currently being accepted beginning March 1, 2020 through May 3, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. Applications received after 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2020 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 15, 2020.

- SFPS PreK lottery will take place on May 15 and results will be available on the website on May 19. All families will be placed on a waitlist and receive notification of acceptance once SFPS receives State funding.

- La lotería del programa de peescolar del las escuelas publicas de Santa Fe se llevará a cabo el 15 de mayo. Los resultados estarán disponibles en el sitio web el 19 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.

Click A Button Below To Submit Your On-Line Preschool Lottery Application: 

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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. Our PreK programs are open Monday through Thursday with no school on Fridays. 

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, 2020. 
  • 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 15, 2020. 
  • All applicants who apply after May 3rd, 2020, 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 and bilingual) Salazar Elementary (bilingual)

Sweeney Elementary (bilingual)

Tesuque Elementary

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 a letter that you must sign and return in person at 610 Alta Vista Street within 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 Cecilia Gonzalez at (505)467-4600.


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