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New Student Registration

The 2012-13 school year school starts Aug. 16, and we'd love to add new families to the district. Starting this year, children registering for kindergarten must be age 5 by Nov. 1 of 2012, a full month earlier than in the past. 

Senate Bill 1381, known as the Kindergarten Readiness Act, gradually moves up the age at which students can enroll in kindergarten. For the following school year, 2013-14, children must be 5 by Oct. 1; for 2014-15 (and each year thereafter) they must turn 5 by Sept. 1. Students who miss the cutoff due to the age requirement may attend Transitional Kindergarten. (See below.)

Registration forms are available at the ESC office at 401 Nut Tree Road, or parents may print the ones provided here in English or Spanish. Please print on white paper only. Take completed forms to your school of residence. See our Attendance Boundary Locator for school locations and boundaries. 

When presenting enrollment forms, please bring the following: 

  1. birth certificate (your child must be five years old on or before November 1, 2012)
  2. immunization record
  3. proof of a physical exam after your child was 4 years, 3 months old or written proof of an appointment for an exam
  4. proof of residence such as a PG&E bill or cable bill
  5. proof of a dental exam done within the year prior to registration.  Proof of a dental exam must be supplied to the school by May 31, 2013.

See our information about helping prepare your child for kindergarten.


 

Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) will be offered at Fairmont and Hemlock schools for the coming year.  

TK is a new program designed for children who will be turning 5 between November 2 and December 2 this year. Children must now be 5 by November 1 to enroll in traditional kindergarten. TK would make kindergarten a 2-year experience for those who qualify based on age.

What is Transitional Kindergarten?

Senate Bill 1381, known as the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010, gradually moves up the age at which students can enroll in traditional kindergarten. For 2012-13, students must be 5 by Nov. 1; for the following school year, 2013-14, children must be 5 by Oct. 1; for 2014-15 (and each year thereafter) they must turn 5 by Sept. 1. 

Originally, the Readiness Act also required districts to develop transitional kindergarten programs for children who are too young to attend kindergarten due to the new age requirements each year. TK would use a modified curriculum that is age-appropriate. As the deadline moves up each year, the number of children eligible for TK would expand. A child would be eligible for TK if he or she will have their fifth birthday between the following dates:

  • For the 2012–13 school year: Nov. 2 and Dec. 2
  • For the 2013–14 school year: Oct. 2 and Dec. 2
  • For the 2014–15 school year and each school year thereafter: Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. If funded, the TK program would continue past 2015.

TK is part of the public school system and is free to participating students; registration in the TK program is optional.

The 2012-13 TK class would be the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience.  Students who enroll will attend the program for the full 2012-2013 academic year and then attend kindergarten at their school of assignment for the following 2013-2014 school year.  Because TK classes would not be offered at all schools, most students will not attend TK at their school of assignment.  Classes will be a minimum of three-hours and twenty minutes daily and will be held at one of our elementary school schools.

TK will be taught by credentialed teachers and is intended to give young learners a head start and provide them with an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs. Teachers will help children develop social and communication skills through activities that build confidence while supporting the TK curriculum of math, literacy, and language development taught in interactive ways.

Please see the California Department of Education Website for more information on TK.
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/kinderfaq.asp

TK Registration

Registration for the TK program is the same process as traditional kindergarten.  With schools closed for the summer parents should register at the district's Educational Services Center, 401 Nut Tree Rd.  

Extra information for parents and links to resources are posted on the County Office of Education website.