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 pre-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 2022-23 school year ended. Pre-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 19 different themes. These themes are offered at 28 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.
Kick-Off to Kindergarten
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.
- The magnet and year-round application period for the 2022-23 school year is Oct. 15 - Feb. 6. Learn more about magnet schools.
- Apply to a transfer to any school between Feb. 25 and March 11, 2022. Learn more about school transfers.
- Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we ask that you visit your school's website for a "virtual" school tour and more information.
- Consider your calendar option choice and if interested, visit your school's website for virtual tour information. Many families prefer year-round because it allows more free time throughout the year for family vacations. Other families prefer traditional calendar to have summers off or to align with other siblings.