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Kindergarten
Countdown to kindergarten

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Registration 2014-2015
Kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year will begin in district elementary schools on April 14, 2014. School offices will be open for registration from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays.

Children must be five years of age by August 31, 2014, to register for the 2014-15 kindergarten school year. You may register your child at your local school. At the time of registration, please present proof of your child’s birth date and immunization records. If you do not have such documentation, each elementary school secretary has information about how to obtain it. Registered students and their parents will be invited to the kindergarten visitation (see below) for their school.

To find out which school your child will attend, use the boundary map, or call the Office of Elementary Education at 313-1010, or the Communications Office at 313-1230.

All district elementary schools will operate full-day kindergarten in the 2014-15 school year. Please speak with the school principal if you have any questions about the full-day schedule.

Two elementary schools offer Spanish language programs. The Spanish/English Dual Language Program is located at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School. A Spanish Immersion Program is offered at Harney Elementary School. A Mandarin Immersion Program is offered at Franklin Elementary School. Students from throughout Vancouver Public Schools may apply for admission into these programs.


Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)
Vancouver Public Schools is excited to implement a process beginning fall 2014 that will help support families and children with the transition to kindergarten. The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) will provide a snapshot of where incoming kindergartners are in their development early in the school year. The data will help teachers make instructional decisions and individualize learning. This transition process is a collaboration of families, children, teachers and early learning providers and includes the following components:

  • Family Connection:Before school begins, or soon thereafter, kindergarten teachers will use a variety of transition practices to learn about student strengths and needs making them feel welcome at school.
  • Kindergarten Inventory:In the fall, kindergarten teachers will complete an inventory focusing on the development of the whole child, including social and emotional, physical, cognitive and linguistic skills. Teachers have been trained on these tools, and will use the information they gain from the inventory to inform classroom instruction.
  • Early Learning Collaboration: Early learning community providers and kindergarten teachers will meet throughout the year to develop new ways to collaborate and share information.
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