The transition to Kindergarten is not a one-time event, happening on the first day of school. It begins well before your child enters school and continues during the first year. The family, the sending preschool program the children attend, and the receiving school all play an important role in making this passage between preschool years and kindergarten smooth and productive. The following Minneapolis Public Schools family guide will provide more information on getting ready and enrolled in Minneapolis Public Schools:
Step 1 - Parents of children entering kindergarten (child must turn five on or before September 1) are strongly encouraged to complete the School Request Card or submit your school request online by February 28, 2014.
Step 2 - Parents of children entering kindergarten must complete the registration process at their assigned school. This registration can be completed during the District-wide registration day on Thursday, May 1, 2014 or you may call the school to set up a different time. Families must make requests for morning, afternoon, or full-day kindergarten through their assigned school.
When registering, be sure to bring the following to the school:
- Completed Early Childhood Screening summary; call 612.668.3715
- Birth record
- Immunization record
While you must present these documents before your child can start school, you should submit your request card even if you don't have all these documents available.
Early Admission to Kindergarten Information
While MPS does not recommend early admission, some parents may feel their child should start kindergarten earlier than the recommended age. If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 and October 31, your child is eligible for consideration for early admission into kindergarten based on the following procedures: