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FHSD preschool lottery program open now through Feb. 23

Parents and guardians of students who will be three- to five-years-old on or before August 1 can now apply for a seat in Forest Hills’ preschool program. The Forest Hills preschool program integrates preschool students that are typically developing (peer models) with children that have identified needs and require an Individualized Education Program (IEP). 

FHSD uses an online lottery system for peer model acceptance into preschool. The lottery will be open through February 23; the drawing will occur on Feb. 25 to award seats in preschool classes. Parents will be notified by email soon after acceptance into preschool. Once accepted, parents can begin registration procedures. Parents of students who were drawn in the lottery will have one week to complete registration and pay a tuition deposit of $100. Students who are not drawn in the lottery will be placed on a wait list. 

The program operates at Sherwood and Summit elementary schools for all Forest Hills students. Classes are held Monday through Thursday with morning sessions from 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and afternoon sessions from 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The curriculum is guided by the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning and Development Standards that focus on social-emotional, cognitive, language, literacy and motor development. Daily schedules include group time, snacks, music appreciation, dramatic play, large muscle development and small muscle development.

Parents are responsible for providing transportation.

The peer model program tuition is $1,800. 

For information regarding special education preschool services, or for any additional questions, please contact Patty Dold, administrative assistant, at 231-3600, ext. 2950 or

To enter your information into the lottery, click here.