The Clover School District once again has more applicants than it can admit to its pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds.
About 280 students went through the screening process to see if they will be eligible for the program a couple weeks ago, but only 240 will be admitted to one of the 12 classes. Letters will be mailed out next week.
Lisa Thompson brought 4-year-old Casey for the screening, and hopes her daughter will get the same opportunity.
"My other two went through (the program) and they're excelling in school, so I think it helps," she said.
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Barbara Parrish, assistant superintendent for elementary education, said 216 students will be selected now and then another screening will be held in July for the remaining 24 slots. This provides people who are registering for school late or who have recently moved to the area a chance to get in the program.
Although many students will be turned away, Parrish said the Clover program is actually larger than most. The state only requires the district to have one pre-K class and it has 12.
All students who are considered at-risk, based on family situation or low test scores, are admitted automatically, but the majority of students in the program aren't at-risk, Parrish said.
There are many advantages to starting a child in a pre-K program, Parrish said.
"Part of the advantage is getting used to the school environment, because they have opportunities that they wouldn't have to be within the school setting," she said.