Kindergarten

Kindergarten Child

Eligible children must be five years of age by October 1, 2017.
Please check with your neighborhood school for their specific Kindergarten
Registration requirements. A registration packet can be downloaded from your
school's website. To complete your child's registration, take their completed
packet to your school. You will also need to provide your child’s certificate of
birth, immunization records and your proof of residence (Warranty Deed, Deed
of Trust, Tax Notice, Lease Agreement, Assessor Page, Notarized Letter from
the person you are living with if you are living with someone and your name
doesn't appear on the proof of residency. A copy of their Proof of Residency
must also be given at enrollment). For additional questions, please call the
office of Elementary Education.

Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions

Why did DCSD change the kindergarten entrance date to October 1?

The Douglas County School District Board of Education made the decision to change the kindergarten enrollment date based on the Colorado State Funding law for kindergarten students. The law establishes October 1 as a funding date for entering kindergarten students. The vast majority of school districts in the Denver metro area use the October 1 entrance date for new kindergarten students. The Douglas County School Board voted to do the same in November 2007 and revised policy JEB – Entrance Age. This policy can be viewed on the District website under Board of Education, Administrative Policies, Students.

Can I apply for a waiver for my child who misses the entrance date by just a few days?

There is no waiver process in DCSD for students who do not meet the entrance date for kindergarten. If children are advanced beyond the kindergarten level, once he/she is enrolled the following year, the school may consider using the Acceleration Process to advance a student to the next level. If you believe your child would qualify as a highly advanced gifted learner, please refer to the process for "Early Access for Highly Advanced Gifted Children" on the Gifted and Talented page of our website.

Who makes the decision that a child cannot enter kindergarten prior to the entrance date?

The decision was voted on by the Douglas County School District Board of Education in November, 2007 after recommendations made by the District Policy Council and is upheld by building principals and Directors of Schools.

Can I enroll my child in first grade if they are six by October 1 and did not attend kindergarten?

According to policy, a parent may make that choice; however, it is not recommended. Children would miss the foundation of learning in reading and math that prepares them for success in first grade. Students entering first grade in Douglas County School District are expected to be reading at a level 3 reading level. Without the pre-literacy and literacy skills, a student may begin school at a disadvantage.

What schedules are available for Kindergarten?

Kindergarten programming is half time and schedules are determined by each elementary school. Schedules may include a.m. and p.m. sessions, full day sessions or every other day options. Tuition based, Full Day Kindergarten is offered at some sites. Please inquire at your site for specific details.

What is the difference between Kindergarten Enrichment and Full Day Kindergarten?

Kindergarten Enrichment (KE) is offered through our Before and After School Enterprise (BASE) program, is staffed by BASE personnel, and is overseen by the District Coordinator of BASE. Tuition rates average between $18-$24 per day, and are set by schools. Parents may choose full or part-time schedules. Because KE qualifies as child care expense, these rates may be tax deductible.

Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) is part of the instructional day, is taught by a licensed teacher and is overseen by the building administrator. Tuition ranges from $375 to $400 per month for the school year. Specific rates are set by schools. Tuition for FDK is not tax deductible.

Is there a way to know if my child is ready for Kindergarten?

  • In the same way that every child learns to walk at a different age, different children develop academic and social skills at different rates. 
  • We have linked a Kindergarten Readiness information sheet for your reference. (Versión en español aquí)
    • This is not a checklist, but a way for you reflect upon your child's strengths and growth areas as you prepare your child for Kindergarten. 
    • If your child has some of the skills listed in each area, your child's skills are in line with the expectations for kindergarten readiness.
    • If your child has not yet acquired many of the skills in each area, it may indicate that your child could benefit from more experience in a structured learning environment or exposure to similar-aged peers prior to embarking on kindergarten.
  • Douglas County School District Educators can partner with you in determining your child’s individual needs in order for them to have a successful school experience. 
  • Please contact your neighborhood school for registration information and assistance.