Kindergarten Programs

Developing Skills for a Lifetime of Learning

Roseville Area School’s kindergarten programs nurture the natural curiosity of children while teaching them building-block skills needed for a lifetime of learning. Our kindergarten teachers provide abundant opportunities for children to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually in a safe, nurturing learning environment.

Enrolling Your Child in Kindergarten

In Minnesota, a child must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to start kindergarten. Some exceptions exist for early or delayed admission (see below).

Kindergarten Enrollment Events

View the presentation from our Virtual Kindergarten Information Night that was held on December 8, 2020.

Due to the health of the community surrounding COVID-19, we are replacing our traditional in-person Kindergarten Enrollment Night event with a Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten event instead. 

Kindergarten enrollment paperwork will be mailed to district residents as well as those families who participated in the enrollment lottery the second week in February. Central Enrollment will also be offering online kindergarten enrollment beginning February 8th.  Information on how to enroll online will be included in the mailing going out the second week in February.  

The Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten event is designed for families who have completed and returned their kindergarten enrollment paperwork by February 18.  If you need help completing the enrollment paperwork by February 18 or have questions, please call Central Enrollment at 651-635-1626 or email enrollment@isd623.org.

During this event, you will learn more about your school, principal, teachers, educational benefits/nutrition plan, busing, health services/immunizations, before and after school care, English language services, special education services, and more.

Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten Event Dates:

  1. Thursday, February 18, 6-7:30 p.m.: Brimhall, Central Park, Edgerton, Emmet D. Williams, Falcon Heights, Little Canada, and Parkview Center 
  2. Tuesday, March 16, 6-7:30 p.m.: Harambee only

Please only choose one method to register for your child's Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten event.

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  • QR code to register for Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten event

If you live outside the district and are interested in sending your child to a Roseville Area school, please go to Open Enrollment for more information. Students are accepted on a space-available basis.

Entering Kindergarten Early

Students with birthdays from September 2 - October 31 may be able to enter kindergarten early. The deadline to apply for early entrance is April 1 of each year to begin kindergarten in the fall. If you are interested in our early entrance process, please contact jane.krause@isd623.org at 651-635-1626.

Delayed Entrance

Parents may have a child voluntarily withheld for a year if they feel their child is not yet ready to attend kindergarten.

About our Kindergarten Programs

Free, Full-Day Kindergarten

Roseville Area Schools offers free full-day kindergarten at all elementary buildings. Students are automatically placed in full-day kindergarten when completing the enrollment process.

Kindergarten Locations

Our six neighborhood schools offer kindergarten programs. Use the district map to locate your neighborhood school. If you're still not sure, please contact the Central Enrollment Office at 651-635-1626.

Informational videos are available that offer a glimpse of what kindergarten is like in each of our elementary schools:

Enrollment Lottery

Besides the six neighborhood schools, four district-wide kindergarten options also exist at Harambee, Parkview, Central Park, and the dual language immersion program at Little Canada. Transportation is provided for district students. For these schools, enrollment is based on a lottery that takes place in February. After November 1, we post lottery information for the upcoming school year.

  • Parkview Center School has a unique K - 8 structure with global education at its heart that integrates our global citizenship framework of PEACE - Peace, Equity, Action, Community, and Environment - and fosters multi-age connections throughout our school community.

  • SPARK Program at Central Park Elementary (STEM) has classes that combine Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and will be co-led by the SPARK Program specialist and the classroom teachers. Central Park classrooms will partner with the Works Museum, Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Harambee’s environmental program, and other secondary technology programs to expand what students will be learning in the labs.

  • Dual Language Immersion Program (Spanish-English) at Little Canada Elementary School offers a classroom environment where English- and Spanish-speaking students learn together. In this setting, students develop a deep appreciation for the Spanish language and culture. Studies show that students in Dual Language Immersion programs develop more fluent conversational skills than students in the more traditional language learning environments.

  • Harambee Community Cultures and Environmental Science School operates on a year-round schedule. Harambee also provides transportation from selected eastern metro school districts. Challenged to look outward to the world around them, students widen their perspectives through connections with others, their environment, and their communities.

Transportation

District kindergarten students who live or go to childcare a half-mile or more from their school are eligible for bus transportation. This includes transportation to district-wide schools or programs as well as to neighborhood schools. Open-enrollment students usually do not qualify for district transportation. Visit our Transportation Department webpages for more details.

In-District Transfer

Attending a District School Outside of Your Attendance Area

You may have your child attend a District 623 school outside your neighborhood attendance area. However, you will need to provide transportation for your child. For an application, go to In-District Transfer or contact the Central Enrollment Office at 651-635-1626.

If Daycare is Outside Your Attendance Area

If your child attends daycare in a District 623 attendance area that is outside of your neighborhood school's boundaries, you will need to complete an In-District Transfer form. Transportation is provided from the daycare to the neighborhood school in the attendance area where the daycare is located.

Central Enrollment enrollment@isd623.org
651-635-1626