Pre-K Admissions for 2017-18


Thank you for your interest in John Milledge Academy Pre-K.

John Milledge Academy is applying for a Bright from the Start Pre-K classrooms funded by the Georgia Lottery, meaning there is no tuition for our program if we receive the grant. We hope to know this no later than May 31st.  Most of the following information applies specifically to the Bright from the Start guidelines.

If we do not receive the grant, Pre-K will be a full tuition, full day program with all John Milledge Academy policies and procedures in place.

Our application can be picked up in the business office between the hours of 8am and 3:30pm Monday-Friday.  Once we receive your application for the school year in which your child will be 4 years old, we will place your child’s name on our waiting list for that school year.  A student must be 4 years old by September 1st of the school year to enroll and a birth certificate must accompany the application to document proof of age eligibility. A student must also be a resident of Georgia and proof of address eligibility must also accompany the Pre-K application.  Acceptable forms of Proof of GA residence include the following: current lease, property tax notice, homeowner’s insurance bill, mortgage statement, current vehicle registration form, current PeachCare eligibility documents for the child, or utility bill listing the residence as the service address.

Registration Procedures

Our Pre-K class will have two teachers and allow a maximum of 22 students.  The spots are filled first by priority enrollment (siblings of current JMA students, children of alumni and/or employees, or those pre-registered for Kindergarten) and then by date of receipt of applications. There are some optional fees, including lunch and afterschool care if parents choose for their child to participate.

For parents interested in pre-registering for Kindergarten at John Milledge Academy, $450 would be needed to hold a spot.  This would pre-pay the $195 registration fee for Kindergarten and $255 would be applied toward the first month’s tuition in Kindergarten.  This also designates an application as priority enrollment status and that application would move to the top of the waiting list behind siblings of current students and children of alumni and/or employees.   There is no fee for Pre-K, so the pre-registration for Kindergarten is completely optional.  This is not required for Pre-K admission, but a perk for families already at JMA, alumni, or those planning on enrolling in our Kindergarten program.

Acceptance letters for each school year will be mailed out the first week of June, prior to the school year.  We also hold a potential parent drop-in Open House in July so parents can tour our school, meet the teachers, and ask questions prior to accepting the Pre-K spot.  Parents are given a two-week window to accept or decline the spot.  We will then go down the waiting list according to priority and date of receipt until all spots are filled.  We will make three attempts to reach parents before we go on to the next child on the list to fill spots through a phone call, email, and US mail so please respond promptly and let us know if your contact information changes.  If you do not respond within the two-week window, your spot will be offered to the next child on the list, but you may contact us to be placed back on the waiting list if desired.  If twins or multiple siblings register, both/all will be accepted when the needed number of spots become available.  We will also notify parents and mail a wait list form if students do not get an acceptance letter.  We will maintain the waiting list applications throughout the year in the event that someone moves or changes placement during the school year.

There will be designated registration days and times for parents to return these forms and bring required documentation.  Parents may also schedule an appointment if they are unable to attend these days.  Needed documentation to complete registration include the following:

  • certified copy of birth certificate,
  • proof of GA residency,
  • copy of Social Security card or Waiver,
  • Immunization form 3231 up to date or complete for school attendance,
  • Ear, Eye, Dental Form 3300,
  • Parent Acknowledgement Form if the child will be 5 years old on or before September 1 of school year, and
  • a Bright From the Start official registration form.

Each area must be completed in its entirety.  A student information form and roster form will be completed upon the start of school.

A parent orientation is held in July and an Open House is held the week school starts. Your child’s teacher will send welcome letters over the summer and the class list will be posted during pre-planning.

Attendance Procedures

The Pre-K school day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 2:45 pm. Parents may use our car pool line from 7:45 to 8:00 am but must walk their child in the office after 8:00 am to sign in with a tardy slip. Parents are also welcome to park and walk their child to his or her classroom but we ask that parents please not linger in the classroom. We work very hard to help each child adjust to his or her new environment and they usually do so quickly and easily when parents give them a quick hug and encouraging word at the door and allow the child to participate in the morning routine independently. Parents picking up children before 2:45pm need to sign them out at the lower school office for an early dismissal form. BFTS has strict attendance requirements. Failure to comply with these attendance requirements could result in disenrollment.

Afternoon carpool line is in front of the Lower School building and teachers assist each child into the vehicle at dismissal. Parents will be given a car tag identifying the vehicle for each child. Students not picked up at 2:45 pm will be escorted to the aftercare program. The aftercare program runs from 2:45 pm to 5:30 pm for interested families. Parents can choose a drop-in option or full-time option. The afterschool program is operated by John Milledge Academy and not by the BFTS Pre-K program. Please also remember to let the school know of any changes in phone numbers, addresses, or who can or cannot pick up your child throughout the school year.

Lunch Procedures

Please let the school know of any dietary or medical concerns your child may have. Parents receive a monthly menu with lunch and snack choices. Lunch is provided for $3.49 per day or parents may provide a home lunch for their child. Snacks are provided daily for Pre-K students. Parents receive notices of student’s lunch balances via email. Students who meet requirements for free lunch will be asked to submit documentation for eligibility.

Field Trip Procedures

John Milledge Academy participates in many field trip opportunities. We are fortunate to have many wonderful resources right here in our community. We ask for a one-time $25 field trip donation to help cover the cost of transportation and admission to some of the trips scheduled. BFTS encourages field trip opportunities but does not cover all costs so we welcome donations or sponsors from businesses or individuals wanting to donate. We also order Pre-K t-shirts for students and interested parents to wear on field trips and special events. All children will be included in any BFTS activity or Pre-K field trip regardless of contribution.

Needed Materials

Students need to bring a thin blanket for rest time.   We provide the nap mats and have a one-time nap mat fee in order to get the best price and the same required mat for everyone.  Students will need a change of clothes to keep in the classroom.  Please label all articles of clothing and place in a large zip-lock bag with the child’s name clearly marked.  Pre-K students will also need a book bag to take home daily and weekly material.  Bright from the Start provides all needed student materials but parents may always ask teachers if they wish to donate any needed items.

If you are interested in touring John Milledge Academy or putting your child on our priority enrollment list, please let us know, and we will be happy to help you with the process.   Please visit our website at, contact the Admissions Director, Dianne Bayne at or contact the Pre-K Director, Jennifer Aldridge at for more information.