First Class
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  • The Alabama First Class Pre-K is a grant funded program operated by the Office of School Readiness. This program is designed to provide a full day of developmentally appropriate instruction and support for four-year-old children. The Pre-K curriculum and instruction is aligned with the Alabama Developmental Standards for Preschool Children. These standards address 9 areas of development to include:

    1.  Language and Literacy
    2.  Mathematics
    3.  Science and Environmental Education
    4.  Health 
    5.  Fine Arts
    6.  Technology
    7.  Physical Development
    8.  Social-Emotional Development
    9.  Approaches to Learning 

    The goal of the First Class Pre-K program is to ensure students have access to high quality learning experiences that prepare them for future success in school. 

  • Important Pre-K Information

    • A child must be 4 years old prior to September 1, 2023
    • Students must be potty trained
    • Enrollment is random selection 
    • Class size is maximum 18
    • Breakfast and lunch are provided free each day.
    • Transportation is not provided for Pre-K by the District
    • Parents must complete 12 volunteer hours during the school year.
    • A change of clothes (weather appropriate) is required daily.  
    • Small blankets and pillows are optional for rest/naptime.  
    • No supplies are required for First Class Pre-K; however, you are welcome to make donations to the teacher's wishlist items below:
      • Baby Wipes
      • Disinfectant Wipes
      • Disinfectant Spray
      • Variety sized bandaids 
      • Kleenex
      • Paper towels
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Bottled hand soap
      • Ziploc bags (quart or gallon) 


    If your child needs additional services, please contact Mrs. Kimmel at or the Special Education Director, Dr. Relf, at  


  • The Pre-K classes are located at the following Russell County School District schools:

    Dixie Elementary    334-468-5353 4914 Hwy 80 West, Opelika, AL 36804 

    Ladonia Elementary   334-468-5805 / 9 Woodland Drive, Phenix City, AL 36869

    Mt. Olive Primary     334-468-5100 / 454 Hwy 165, Ft. Mitchell, AL 36856 

    Oliver Elementary    334-468-5400 /  77 Longview Street, Seale, AL 36875

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