Thank you for your interest in Bezos Academy
To be eligible for our 2022-23 school year program:
In Florida and Texas – your child must have a birthdate between September 2, 2018 – September 1, 2019.
In Washington – your child must have a birthdate between September 2, 2017 – September 1, 2019.
We ask families to make every effort to ensure their child is toilet trained by the first day of school. In addition, eligibility is determined by family income. A family is defined as all persons living in the same household who are supported by the child’s parent(s)’ or guardian(s)’ income. To be eligible for Bezos Academy the child’s annual family income can be up to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
|Family Size||< 400% of FPL|
Source: 2022 Federal Poverty Level Chart (https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines)
Applications and Lottery
Bezos Academy admits new students through a random lottery drawing. Preference in lotteries is given to income eligible children who are experiencing homelessness or living in foster care, siblings of Bezos Academy students, children of Bezos Academy employees, and students transferring from another Bezos Academy location. If you apply after the lottery date, your child will either receive a seat or be waitlisted, depending on if we have filled the seats in the school.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year. We will open applications for the 2023-24 school year (August 2023 – August 2024) in April. To be eligible for our 2023-24 school year program, your child must be three or four years old by September 1, 2023.
|Florida Schools||Info Session||Application Submission Date for Lottery||Lottery Conducted||Notification to Families|
|Central Kissimmee||December 13th||January 30th at 11:59pm Eastern Time||January 31st||February 2nd|
|Kissimmee – Poinciana||January 10th||January 30th at 11:59pm Eastern Time||January 31st||February 2nd|
|Washington Schools||Info Session||Application Submission Date for Lottery||Lottery Conducted||Notification to Families|
|Kent Valley||October 20th||To be determined||To be determined1||To be determined|
Lotteries and Ongoing Admissions
Lotteries have been conducted at our other schools, but we are still accepting applications at these schools! Please see the individual school pages for the latest information on whether there are seats available, or if we have filled all the seats in the classroom. If we have filled the classroom seats, you can add your child to the waitlist by applying below. If a space becomes available, Bezos Academy will notify families immediately.
How will I know that you’ve received my application?
You will receive an email confirmation when your application is received.
How will I learn if my child receives a seat in the lottery or is waitlisted?
Bezos Academy will notify you by email within 48 hours of the lottery. If you apply after the lottery date, our team will review your application and will notify you by email. You can also see the status of your application at any time by logging into your account at apply.bezosacademy.org.
Are seats awarded on a first-come-first-served basis?
No. All applications received before the school’s lottery date will be entered into the lottery. The date that you submit your application will not affect your chances of gaining a seat. Applications received after the school’s lottery date will be reviewed and offered a seat or added to the waitlist, depending on if we have filled the seats in that school.
How long will I have to accept an offered spot at Bezos Academy?
You have two weeks (14 days) to accept the seat.
Once a child is enrolled, do they keep their seat the following school year?
Yes. Children keep their seat year-to-year until the student graduates from our program.
How do I contact Bezos Academy with other questions about the application process?
You can email [email protected] or call 1-833-560-2221 with questions. We can provide interpreters to assist families with completing their application. Our staff also host in-person application events in the community to help families complete their applications – see the timeline of events on the individual school pages.
Can families apply to multiple Bezos Academy locations?
Yes. Families may apply to multiple schools during a lottery cycle by ranking their school choices, but will receive only one offer. We conduct separate lotteries for each school. If selected in more than one school during the lottery, you will receive the seat at your highest ranked school. If you did not receive a seat at your top choice(s) you will remain on that school’s waitlist.
If I have more than one child, do I need to complete a separate application for each child?
Yes, you must submit a separate application for each child applying to attend a Bezos Academy. You may use one family account to submit applications for multiple children.
Do siblings get a spot in the school if one child is selected in the lottery?
Yes, if two siblings apply in one lottery and one child receives admission during the lottery, their sibling is offered a seat if one is available. Bezos Academy considers siblings as any of the following who reside in the same household: full siblings, half siblings, step siblings, and children residing in a family foster home.
Is the Bezos Academy lottery application available in other languages?
Yes, the Bezos Academy application is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Filipino, Japanese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. Bezos Academy provides interpreters to assist families with completing their application. Please email [email protected] or call 1-833-560-2221 for interpreter assistance.
My child speaks a language other than English and does not speak English yet. Can they apply?
Yes. Bezos Academy supports English language learners.
Does Bezos Academy accept children with special needs?
Yes. Our policy is to accept students and provide reasonable modifications in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), its regulations, and any other applicable local, state, or federal laws pertaining to the provision of services to individuals with disabilities. Bezos Academy works with families to ensure we have the right program that fits your child’s learning needs. If Bezos Academy is not able to provide necessary services, then we are committed to working closely with families to ensure your child receives the services they require in the appropriate setting.
How does Bezos Academy ensure a classroom with age diversity?
A mixed-age environment is a core principle of the Montessori approach. Bezos Academy seeks age diversity as it adds value to each child’s experience. Bezos Academy may move three-year-old children up on the waitlist to ensure a classroom with age diversity.
Does Bezos Academy enroll children that attend less than five days a week?
Bezos Academy provides a year-round education that is full day and five days a week. Bezos Academy expects students to attend the program five days a week from 9:00am-3:30pm. Participating in Morning or Evening Extended Day Learning is optional.
What are Bezos Academy school hours?
The typical hours of operation for Bezos Academy are 8:00am – 5:00pm. The regular school day is from 9:00am – 3:30pm. Extended day is available to all children and families. The typical extended hours are 8:00am – 9:00am and 3:30pm – 5:00pm. One day a week we have reduced operating hours to allow for staff development. Hours of operation vary based on school site. Please check each school’s page for hours of operation.
Will my family be charged a fee for attending?
No. Bezos Academy is tuition-free, which means that the preschool is free of charge to eligible families. Each Bezos Academy also provides materials, supplies, and meals for students at no cost to the families.