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Kindergarten Readiness

How do I know if my child is ready to start kindergarten?

First, it is important to know if your child meets the state minimum age requirement of five-years-old on or before September 1 of the kindergarten year. Second, if your child can demonstrate the following skills then you know your child is ready to start kindergarten!

Early Admission

While we do not recommend early admission to kindergarten, there are students who would benefit from starting kindergarten earlier than the recommended age. If your child turns five-years-old after the first day of school and on or before October 31, your child is eligible for consideration for early admission to kindergarten, based upon the following procedures:

  1. Families/guardians must submit the Early Entrance to Kindergarten Request Form to the Director of Talent Development and Advanced Academics by April 1 of the year the child would enter school.
  2. Families/guardians must submit a birth record certifying the age of the child.
  3. Children must complete an early childhood screening before requests for early admission will be considered by the District, and must have passing scores in all areas on the early childhood screening assessment. Call 612-243-3000 to schedule an appointment for an early childhood screening. We strongly encourage all children to be screened by the age of 3.
  4. We will contact you to schedule a Beginning of Kindergarten Assessment, which will be conducted by a team of experts. A decision will be made based on that assessment, which includes the following:
  • Academic readiness
  • Social-emotional and behavioral readiness
  • Developmental observations

We will schedule a meeting with you to discuss the results of the assessment. If your child is recommended for early admission, they will be placed at a school with available space, after all kindergarten-eligible students are placed. We have two elementary choice programs, which have specific enrollment language which could affect placement: Richfield Dual Language School (RDLS) and Richfield STEM Elementary. Please review our policy on Elementary Choice Programs. All district decisions are final.

Kindergarten Enrollment Process

At Richfield Public Schools, we provide a world-class education with a small-town feel where your child will receive the focused, specialized attention they deserve. Our students are provided a stimulating and nurturing environment and given tools to explore the world through classes in science, social studies, literature, mathematics, arts and technology. All of our kindergartners attend full-day classes, which provides more time to develop skills for future success.

Step 1: Make sure your child is ready for kindergarten

Children who are five-years-old on or before September 1 of the kindergarten year are eligible for kindergarten in the fall. If you’d like to request an early entrance for your child, you must contact your choice school’s principal to receive written permission.

The state of Minnesota requires that all children be screened before they enter kindergarten. This is a free and simple check of how your child is growing and developing, which includes hearing, vision, speech and motor abilities. Learn more about early childhood screening and make an appointment if you child hasn’t completed this yet.

Step 2: Attend an open house event

In order to make the most fitting decision regarding the program that is ideal for your child, it is recommended that you attend open houses for your neighborhood school and any other elementary school option that interests you. During these open houses, you will learn about Richfield’s kindergarten program and have the opportunity to meet the school principal. 

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Step 3: Enrollment

Once you complete and submit all enrollment forms your child is enrolled with the district! Forms can be turned in at any open house event, through the mail, or in-person at any elementary school or the District office.

Start here: Enrollment Intake Form

Once we receive your form, a member of our enrollment team will contact you to welcome you to the District and talk to you about next steps. They will also provide you with the additional paperwork necessary to complete enrollment for your child, including:

  • Student Enrollment Form
  • Student Immunization Form
  • Minnesota Language Survey
  • Minnesota Ethnic and Racial Demographics Form
  • Health Emergency Form 

You'll also need to be able to provide: 

  • Birth certificate (or other reliable proof of student identity and age)
  • Early childhood screening results

If you change your mind about which school you’d like to enroll your child in, you can contact your preferred school to change enrollment options at any time before the school year begins.

Step 4: Let the kindergarten adventure begin!

School supply lists will be sent in the summer (and are posted on school websites) and families find out who their child’s teacher is in late August. Then, the fun and learning begin!

 

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