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 five years old by September 1 in order to start kindergarten. Some exceptions exist for early or delayed admission (see below).

If you have a child entering kindergarten in the fall of 2020, you’ll want to mark your calendar for Roseville Area Schools’ Kindergarten Information Night to be held on Wednesday, November 13th from 6:00-7:30 pm at Parkview Center School.

A district-wide Kindergarten Enrollment Night is held in late February or early March at each of our elementary schools. During these evening sessions, parents learn more about the kindergarten program at the school and submit required forms.

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 1st of each year to begin Kindergarten in the fall. If you are interested in our early entrance process, please contact 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.

Free, All-Day Kindergarten Now Offered

Roseville Area Schools now offers free All-Day Kindergarten at all elementary buildings. Students are automatically placed in all-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.

Besides the 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.


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 web pages 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