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Kindergarten Enrollment

Welcome, parents! Beginning kindergarten is a milestone for you and your child. At South Washington County Schools, we hope to make this transition a smooth one for you and your child.

District 833 offers all-day, every day kindergarten at all elementary schools, and also offers a half-day option in the morning for those families who prefer to send their student for just a half-day. The Parent Guide to Kindergarten includes helpful information on kindergarten curriculum, required immunizations, transportation, early childhood screening, and more. The video below demonstrates what a day in kindergarten looks like for students in South Washington County Schools.

Children who are five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019 are eligible to start kindergarten in September 2019. Enrollment forms will be mailed to parents in mid-January.

To enroll students in kindergarten, parents should bring the completed forms, immunization record and a photocopy of your child’s birth certificate to Kindergarten Enrollment Night (held at your child’s school on February 19, 2019). You can also enroll students with the Student Information Department at the District Service Center located at 7362 E. Point Douglas Rd. S. in Cottage Grove.


Kindergarten Choice Programs

There are two choice program options for families with kindergarten students, Spanish immersion at Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School and the Multiage Classroom Choice Program at Valley Crossing Elementary School. Due to the popularity of these programs, families must apply and be selected by a lottery.  

Families can learn more about the programs by attending a program information night or taking a tour of the school. *The timing of Multiage Choice Program Information Night has changed to January 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. it will be held at Valley Crossing Elementary School.Tours of Valley Crossing Elementary School will be available from 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. on January 23, 2019. The Spanish Immersion Program Information Night will be held at Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School on January 23, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Tours of Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School will be available from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. on January 25, 2019. 

Families have a 10-day window to apply for either program starting on January 23, 2019. All applications must be turned in by 4:00 p.m. on February 5, 2019 to be entered into the lottery for a place in the program. Families will be notified of the results of the lottery on February 7, 2019.


Documents and additional information needed for enrolling in kindergarten: 


We look forward to welcoming your child to kindergarten in September 2019!