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 Enroll Now in Kindergarten for the 2020-21 School Year


Families are encouraged to skip the long summer lines and sign up their children now for kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. Parents/guardians of children who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1 can visit the Welcome Center, 501 7th St., to enroll. The early enrollment window closes March 6.

Students attend kindergarten based on geographic zones that align with their parents/guardians' home address. Follow this link to search an address and find the assigned zone school. Special program options for kindergarten are Two-Way Language Immersion at Barbour and STEAM Academy at Haskell. The deadline to apply for special program lotteries is March 6. Once enrolled, families will register students in August and receive a classroom assignment, school supply list and pay fees for the upcoming school year.

Need to know:

  • All RPS 205 kindergarten classes are full day.
  • Students who are 5-years-old on or before Sept. 1 automatically qualify for kindergarten.
  • Early enrollment runs through March 6. Welcome Center staff are also enrolling students at RPS 205 Early Childhood Centers and Head Start sites. Call 815-967-8070 for more information.
  • Children who regularly hear or speak a language other than English must complete a language assessment at the Welcome Center. After the assessment, the parent/guardian will review enrollment options with Welcome Center staff.

What to bring:

The Welcome Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Click here for more information. 

The Welcome Center will also host a Saturday enrollment event, the Enrollment Extravaganza, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29.