The early learning years are characterized by tremendous growth in fine-motor skills, cognitive and language development, and social/emotional development. Our full day kindergarten classes are designed to meet the needs of every child. Our caring and qualified teachers engage students in activities and learning to build confidence and competence.
When do I enroll my child for kindergarten?
Students entering kindergarten in the fall must be 5 years old by September 1. We open kindergarten enrollment in March and parents are invited to visit their neighborhood school for a Kindergarten Information Night (typically held at schools in early March.) Information will be posted on our website and school websites with dates and information.
Starting the new school year
Gentle Start Schedule
The start of school year is different for kindergartners than for older students. A Gentle Start is used to help students and teachers get to know each other on a more personal basis before the full class meets. During the first week of school, kindergarten teachers will meet one-on-one with students and their parents to get acquainted and to perform a few quick, informal assessments. Then, kindergartners will attend their first day of class with half of their classmates to allow their teacher more time to interact with each child and teach key skills necessary for success in kindergarten. After each half of the class goes through this orientation time, the entire class will attend together. Schedules vary from school to school. If you have registered your child in kindergarten, you will receive a letter between June and late August informing you of your child’s Gentle Start schedule.
Riding the School Bus
For students that live within the State of Oregon’s regulated one-mile walk zone, we recommend that parents walk or bicycle with their kindergartner to and from school. If you plan to drive your student to school, please check with your school office to understand pick-up and drop-off procedures at your school.
Students that live more than one mile from school qualify for school bus transportation. Parents must register their student to ride the bus. All kindergartners must be released from school staff to their parent or approved adult at school and/or the bus stop.
Recommended school supply lists are optional and vary from school to school. Lists are available on the district website, school website, and posted at the front entry of the school during the summer months. There are donated school supplies available, including backpacks, at each school for students who need them. Please stop by your school office for assistance.
Healthy and nutritionally balanced breakfast and lunch meals are assembled in the school district’s central kitchen (located at Corvallis High School) and delivered to our school kitchens. Students may bring lunch from home or purchase a school meal.
Preschool prepares children for kindergarten. It provides an opportunity for children to experience a structured setting with other kids, marks the beginning of developing the social and emotional skills that help children pay attention, follow directions, stay on task, form healthy friendships and persist through difficulty.
We partner with the Oregon State University Preschool Program by providing three classrooms for the Oregon Head Start Pre-Kindergarten Program at Adams, Garfield, and Lincoln Elementary Schools. Details about this program are available here.
Our district also is a partner in the Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties, a network that brings together over 200 partners to increase family stability, improve kindergarten readiness, and ensure service coordination that is equitable and culturally and linguistically competent. More information is available here.
What to expect when your child goes to kindergarten
Our kindergarten classrooms provide an age-appropriate program to help students grow emotionally, socially, and academically. Our kindergarten teachers have provided general developmental benchmarks for incoming kindergarten students and some suggestions to help you support your child’s success in school.
More information is available here