Kindergarten Enrollment

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Eligibility

Children who are 5 years old on or before August 1st* are eligible for entrance into Kindergarten at WCS for the upcoming school year. Kindergarten enrollment for upcoming school year will begin March 1st.

Scheduling a Kindergarten Assessment

The enrollment office and Holmes Elementary staff will follow-up with you via phone or e-mail with the following information after you have completed all the required materials for registration:

  • A kindergarten assessment appointment date and time

  • Your student’s first day of school

Kindergarten Student Orientation

We will hold a Kindergarten STUDENT orientation on the evening of August 14, 2023 at Holmes Elementary.  More information will follow as the date approaches.  Parents will have an opportunity to meet teachers, tour the building, and prepare their students for the first day of school. 

Transportation Survey - Riding a bus

Complete our Transportation Interest Survey  if you plan for your student to ride a bus to school. You will receive an official survey to confirm a transportation request in the summer months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Required Documents and Immunizations

The following documents are required to register a child in the Wilmington City Schools’ Kindergarten program:

  • Birth Certificate or Passport

  • Social Security Card or copy of Federal Income Tax return showing child’s Social Security Number

  • Custody Papers (if applicable)

  • Proof of Residency (current utility bill, rental agreement, mortgage closing document – Note: Driver’s License is not acceptable proof of residency).

  • Parent Social Security

  • Parent Driver’s License

  • Immunization Records (copy of immunizations that have been given as of registration day; must also provide complete immunization records which include KDG boosters prior to the first day of school if immunizations not complete at time of registration). The Ohio Revised code has established immunization requirements regarding entry into kindergarten. State law requires the following immunizations:

    • DtaP or DTP:  Five (5) doses

    • Polio:  Four (4) doses

    • Hepatitis B:  Three (3) doses 

    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): Two (2) doses

    • Chickenpox (Varicella): Two (2) doses or signed statement by parent of natural disease with day, month, and year.

Please see the Clinton County Health District Information (doc) for immunization clinics available at the Health Dept.

When does a child become eligible for Kindergarten at WCS?

If your child turns 5 on or before August 1st, then they are eligible to register for Kindergarten that Fall.

Can I register my student the night of the Kindergarten Orientation

No. You will register them online through FinalForms. See the Enrollment page for information on using FinalForms. Please be sure to take care of all registration steps prior to this event.

How can I prepare my child for Kindergarten

There are lots of ways that families can help their children prepare for Kindergarten. If you are looking for resources, here are some handy videos, links, and documents to get you started.**

 

Ohio's Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (YouTube video from Ohio Dept. of Education)

Ready For Kindergarten (pdf - Ohio Dept. of Education)

Fostering Healthy Social and Emotionsl Development in Young Children (pdf - talkingisteaching.org)

Helping Your Child Make Successful Transitions: Home to School (pdf - Ohio Dept. of Education)

Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! (Ohio Dept. of Education - Topics)

*Pending Board approval on February 26, 2024, the eligibility date for Kindergarten will change from September 20th to August 1st. This will align the District with other county schools and is in the best interest of our youngest learners.

**The links in this area will let you leave the District's website. The linked sites are not under the control of the District and the District is not responsible for the contents of any linked sites, or any links contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. The District is providing these links to you only as a convenience and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the District.

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