Applications

Who is eligible to attend Shining Stars Preschool?
Rio Rancho residents who will be 4 years of age before September 1 of the current school year.

How can I apply for next school year (2022-23)?
The lottery for the 22-23 school years has already taken place. You can still submit an application, but your child will be placed on the waiting list. Please click to submit an online application at this link.

How can I apply for the current school year (2021-22)?
The application window for the current school year is closed.

Please note, if you have completed an application for the 2021-22 school year, you will need to submit an application for the 2022-23 school year (applications do not carry over from year to year).

My child currently attends Shining Stars Preschool and is eligible to return to Shining Stars for the 22-23 School Year. Do I need to fill out an application? Please refer to one of the 3 scenarios below:

Scenario 1: Parents of Returning students that are receiving Special Education Services for Speech Only must fill out an application and then register through PowerSchool.

Scenario 2: Parents of Returning Students that are receiving Special Education Services for any other eligibility do not need to fill out an application. You will need to register your child through PowerSchool.

Scenario 3: Parents of Returning Students NOT receiving Special Education Services must fill out an application. If your child is chosen again as a lottery student, you will be contacted by email in June with further instructions to register your child.

I am not sure if my child is Eligible as "Speech Only," who do I contact? You can contact your child’s current teacher, Speech Language Pathologist, or Special Education Instructional Leader - Christina Rodriguez-Engel at 962-3519.

How do I log in to PowerSchool? If you know your login information, visit the RRPS PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you need your PowerSchool letter, please contact the SSP Registrar at 892-7735, press 0.

Do I need to submit my child’s shot record with the application? No. If your child is chosen to attend through the lottery, you will be contacted in late May or early June with instructions to register your child, including proof of residency, birth certificate, and shot record.

How are students chosen to attend?


Students are chosen via a lottery.

We are still accepting applications!

For PreK Students, children must be 4 years old before September 1, 2022 and going to kindergarten the following school year. We generally take 330 students per our annual grant.

For Preschool Students, children must be 3 years old before September 1, 2022. We take a very limited number of preschool children, under 50.

There are no exceptions for the rule of age.

How am I notified if my child is chosen in the lottery?
You will be notified by email.

What are your school hours?
Students attend a half day session, 4 days a week (no school on Wednesdays).
New - The AM session is from 8:25 - 11:25. The PM session is from 12:15-3:25. You can stop by the office during regular hours, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Is busing available?
Yes, we have "hubs" across the city at neighborhood parks where your child can catch the bus.

Do you have before or after school daycare?

Unfortunately, we do not have extended hour care.

Any other questions? Please contact our front office staff at 505-892-7735.