PreK Registration Opens February 24, Closes February 28 at Sudduth & West Elementary Schools

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Mark your calendars! Registration for the Starkville Oktibbeha School District pre-k program at Sudduth and West Elementary Schools opens Monday, February 24.   To be eligible to register for the District’s pre-k program, students must be four years old on or before September 1, 2020. 

Students who demonstrate a need for a preschool program are placed in the program first.  Remaining slots are filled on a first come, first served basis. 

Parents must come to the school site to complete an online registration form and return all required documents to complete registration. The computer labs at Sudduth and West Elementary Schools will be open to parents on February 24 - 28 from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm.  

Required registration documents for pre-k registration include child’s certified birth certificate, child’s updated immunization record (Mississippi Immunization 121 Form), and two proofs of Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District residency.  Proofs of residency must have the same address on it as the one listed on the registration.  You may be asked to present additional proofs of residency 30 days prior to the start of school. 

Be aware our acceptable documents for residency verification have changed. Parents/guardians must provide the Starkville Oktibbeha School District with a minimum of one document from each group as verification of address.

Group 1

Mortgage Statement
Property Deed
Filed Homestead Exemption Application
Apartment or Home Lease
Filed Property or Warranty Deed

Group 2

Utility Bill

  • Water Bill
  • Electric Bill
  • Gas Bill
  • Cable Bill
  • Garbage Bill

Certified copy of filed petition for guardianship/final guardianship decree

If utilities are included in the Apartment or Home Lease, please use one of the following documents for the second proof of residency:
  • Doctor, dentist or hospital bill (mailed to address)
  • Credit card statement
  • Insurance policy (Health)
  • State or federal benefit check
  • Salary check stub
  • Government mailing (Social Security or Medicaid Determination letter, IRS, etc.)
  • Bank Statement
  • Driver’s License

AUTOMOBILE REGISTRATION AND VOTER PRECINCT IDENTIFICATION ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE PROOFS OF RESIDENCY.  Driver’s license is only considered an acceptable proof of residency IF utilities are included in home/apartment lease.  

Students will be screened at either Sudduth Elementary or West Elementary.  Parents or guardians will bring their children to the school and wait while teachers assess their child.  The school will contact you with the date and time for screening. Students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are eligible for special education services can attend our Pre-K program.

Registration for pre-k closes Friday, Februrary 28, at 2 pm.  Registering does not guarantee placement in the District’s pre-k program. 

Questions about pre-k? Check out our Q & A

What if my 4-year-old does not qualify for the Title I Pre-K?

 The Starkville Oktibbeha School District through the Early Learning Collaborative offers additional pre-k opportunities for 4 year-old students. For more information, please contact 662-615-0033 or 662-324-4155, or see the following:

Emerson Preschool
1504 Louisville Street
Starkville, MS


ICS Head Start Oktibbeha County
1617 Louisville Street
Starkville, MS

When will my child be screened?

The school that your child is zoned to attend will contact the parent to schedule screening.  It is the responsibility of the parent to bring the child to the school for screening at the appropriate time.

Can my child attend Pre-K at the age of five if I choose to start him in Kindergarten at age six?

No, only four year olds may participate in the Starkville Oktibbeha Schools Pre-K program.

Can my child sign up for pre-K if I live outside of the district, but plan on moving soon?

No, you must reside in the Starkville Oktibbeha County School District at the time for which you are requesting enrollment.

How do you determine if a child needs preschool?

Students who register for Pre-K are given the STAR Early Literacy screener to determine academic need.  Other factors are also considered when determining a child’s need for preschool.  Remaining slots are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Is my child guaranteed a place in the Starkville Oktibbeha pre-K program if we register early enough?

No, however it is important that parents register their child as early as possible when the registration window opens.  Students who demonstrate a need for a preschool program are placed in the program first.  Then remaining slots are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Will transportation be available?

Yes, the Starkville Oktibbeha School District will offer transportation to Pre-K students.

Is there a specific curriculum used in the Pre-K program?

All Pre-K programs in the Starkville Oktibbeha School District follow the Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines, and Opening the World of Learning (OWL) Literacy Program, which is a comprehensive Pre-K curriculum.

 When will I find out if my child is in the program?

You will be notified in the summer of 2020 if your child has been accepted to the program. Letters are typically mailed around the first week of July.

Is Pre-K available for students with disabilities?

Yes, students who have an IEP and are eligible for special education services can attend our Pre-K program.

If my child is placed on the wait list, is it possible that he/she might still get in?

Yes, all Pre-K locations within the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District maintain a waiting list throughout the school year and fill shots as they become available.

What are the hours of the Pre-K program?

Our pre-K program is an all-day program.  The Pre-K program will follow arrival and dismissal times and procedures established by the school site.

 What immunizations are required for Pre-K students?

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)