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 Registration Events
View the presentation from our Virtual Kindergarten Information Night that was held on December 8, 2020.
A district-wide Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten Event is held in late February or early March at each of our elementary schools. During these evening sessions, parents learn more about the kindergarten programing at their new school and will have the opportunity to meet teachers, ask questions and find out more about the building. Actual kindergarten enrollment paperwork will be mailed out to Roseville school district families and those families participating in the enrollment lottery early February. For the first time, we will also be offering a new kindergarten online enrollment opportunity as well.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at 651-635-1626.
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.
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:
- Brimhall Elementary - Kindergarten Info Video
- Central Park Elementary - Kindergarten Info Video
- Edgerton Elementary - Kindergarten Info Video
- Emmet D. Williams Elementary - Kindergarten Info Video
- Falcon Heights Elementary - Kindergarten Info Video
- Harambee Elementary School - Kindergarten Info Video
- Little Canada Elementary - Kindergarten Info Video
- Parkview Center School - Kindergarten Info Video
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.
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.
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.