Kindergarten FAQs

What is the kindergarten curriculum?

The curriculum matches the Common Core standards that need to be implemented by the 2014-2015 school year. The Common Core standards have higher expectation for text comprehension for our youngest learners. Additionally, the Common Core has a greater emphasis on their reading and writing skills across all content areas.

Specifically, there is a significant amount of daily instruction dedicated to literacy skill development focusing on phonics instruction, guided and shared reading as well as guided and shared writing. Kindergarten students will have a specific amount of time daily dedicated to math instruction as well. The subjects of science and social studies will be taught within the language arts/literacy instruction. In addition, students receive music and physical education instruction along with one quarter of art instruction by a certified art teacher.

 

When can I register my child for kindergarten? 

Each spring there is a districtwide kindergarten enrollment day, usually held in February. Parents must register your child at the Board of Education office, 1470 Warren Road.


What if my child is in the district's Preschool Program? Do I still have to register?

No. Children in the district’s preschool program will be automatically registered.


How do I know which school is my neighborhood school?


The boundaries for each school are detailed in the Elementary Boundaries Map and the Elementary Boundaries Narrative.


Can I take a tour of my neighborhood school?


Yes. Please call the principal of your neighborhood school to set up a convenient time for both of you. You can view the schools' and principals' contact information here


Does the extended day kindergarten option cost anything?


Other than school supplies and a general school fee, no.


When does the kindergarten day start/end?


All kindergartners can enter their building beginning at 8:45 a.m. and must be in class by 9 a.m. Half day students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Extended day students are dismissed at 3:05 p.m. The extended day schedule is the same for all elementary grades.


Is there on-site before and after school care at all the elementary schools?


Yes. There are a number of child care options for each of our elementary schools. See our list of providers here.