Parents may register their children for kindergarten starting Tuesday, April 9. Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2019, is eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall. Full-day kindergarten is offered districtwide in Vancouver Public Schools.

Parents can find out which school their child will attend by using the district’s online boundary map or calling the elementary education office at 360-313-1010 or communications office at 360-313-1230.

Parents should bring proof of their child’s birth date, immunization records and emergency contact information to their neighborhood school to register their child.

School offices are open for kindergarten registration Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration can take up to one hour. Some forms can be downloaded and printed in advance.

Applications also are being accepted for the district’s Mandarin Language Learning Program and Spanish/English Dual Language Program. Enrollment in these programs begins in kindergarten.

Applications are available on the district’s website and in school offices. They are due by May 3. Each school also will hold an information night for interested parents.

Visitation schedules

Registered students and their families will be invited to visit their elementary school, meet teachers and learn more about the kindergarten program. The following dates/times are subject to change. Parents should confirm with the school.

Jump Start

Parents who register their children for kindergarten also will have a chance to sign up their child for Kindergarten Jump Start, a program for incoming kindergarteners that takes place a few weeks before the school year begins. Students will meet teachers and other kindergartners; learn routines; become familiar with school surroundings; and participate in math, literacy and hands-on learning activities.

Kindergarten enrollment

1. Register your child in the school’s office.

2. Attend a kindergarten visitation.

3. Have your child participate in Jump Start.