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 4, 2017.
Step 2 - Parents of children entering kindergarten must complete the registration process at their assigned school. This registration can be completed starting after the District-wide registration begins on May 2, 2017 or you may call the school to set up a time.
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 typically 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:
• Parents/guardians must submit an early admission to kindergarten request form to Student Placement Services by April 1, 2017.
• Families who are seeking early admission to kindergarten are strongly encouraged to submit a request for High Five by the February 4 deadline.
• Requests will be reviewed after all other lottery assignments have been made and will be assigned on a space available basis.
• Children must complete an Early Childhood Screening before requests for early admission will be sent out to the schools.
• Contact Early Childhood Screening at 612.668.3715 to schedule a screening appoitnment.
• School staff will conduct an Early Admission to Kindergarten Classroom Observation to determine if the child is ready for school.
• School staff may ask the child's preschool or childcare center to complete an Early Admission to Kindergarten Recommendation form.
• If the child appears to be ready for school, he or she will be referred to the District's Early Childhood Education team to be given the Beginning of Kindergarten Assessment.
• If the child is recommended for early admission, she or he will be placed at a school with available enrollment space.
If you have questions about submitting an application for Early Admission to Kindergarten please contact Student Placement at 612.668.1840.