A child must be 5 years old on or before August 31 of the current school year to attend kindergarten. In accordance with state law, gifted children who are age 4 by April 16 also will be considered for admission.
You have the following choices for your rising kindergartner:
You can attend your base school.
Your base school is the school where you are assigned and where you will register for the upcoming school year. All base schools provide academics, arts, physical education and music under the direction of high-quality teachers. If your base school has an enrollment cap, you will still register there and discuss options with a school representative.
Or, you can apply to attend a Magnet or Year-Round School.
The Magnet and Year-Round application period for the 2023-24 school year has begun. Registration is required for rising kindergartners applying to a magnet program.
Magnet schools teach the same core subjects as our traditional schools, but present the information in a different way, based on the magnet school's themes. We offer 23 different themes. These themes are offered at over 30 elementary magnet schools. Each program offers a unique way of delivering the standard curriculum, giving parents the ability to customize their child’s learning experience and creating just the right fit for their child.
How do I choose a school?
At WCPSS, families are offered many choices to suit an individual child’s needs.Here are some things to consider and do when deciding which school is a better fit for your family.
- Attend an open house or school tour to get to know your base school and other school options.
- The magnet and year-round application period for the 2023-24 school year is Oct. 14 - Jan. 25. Learn more about magnet schools.
- Apply to transfer to any school between Feb. 24 and March 10, 2023. Learn more about school transfers.
- Consider your calendar options. Many families prefer a year-round school because it allows more free time throughout the year for family vacations. Other families prefer the traditional calendar to have summers off or to align with other siblings.