Parents/guardians of children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1 need to visit the Welcome Center to enroll their students. The elementary student assignment plan is based on zones (residential address of the parent/guardian). The plan requires incoming Kindergarten students to attend their neighborhood school. After enrollment the parent/guardian must go the assigned school to register the student, receive a classroom assignment and supply lists, and pay fees/pagar quotas.
- All Rockford Public Schools kindergarten classes are full day.
- Incoming students must be 5 on or before September 1st of the kindergarten school year to enroll.
- Kindergarteners are enrolled throughout the school year according to the Elementary Student Assignment Plan which is based upon zones (residential address of the parent/guardian). Click here to look up your zone school.
- The assignment plan requires that incoming kindergarten students attend their zone school.
Annual Special Kindergarten Enrollment Period
For your convenience the Welcome Center also holds an Annual Kindergarten Enrollment Period from January 2, 2020 through March 6, 2020 with the Welcome Center staff enrolling children at the RPS 205 Welcome Center, district Early Childhood/Head Start sites, and a special Saturday Enrollment Extravaganza at the Welcome Center.
Bilingual Kindergarten Enrollment
Children who regularly hear or speak a language other than English must be assessed by a licensed teacher in the Welcome Center. After the assessment, a Student Assignment Specialist will present all enrollment options to the student’s guardian.
Special Education Enrollment
A copy of the IEP (Individualized Education Program) for a new or returning kindergarten student who receives Special Education Services will be sent to the Special Education Department for determination of eligibility, school placement and special transportation, if required. If the parent or guardian has a copy of the student's IEP paperwork or a copy of a student's 504 Plan, it is helpful to bring them when enrolling the student.
Students who receive Special Education services can be served at any RPS 205 elementary school. Students who receive self-contained Special Education services are assigned to a school where their specific eligibility needs can be met. Each elementary school has been assigned a Special Education supervisor to assist parents with Special Education concerns.
Early Entry into Kindergarten
In compliance with the Illinois Accelerated Placement Act (P.A. 100-0421), RPS205 allows exceptions concerning entrance into Kindergarten for those children who are not five years of age on or before September 1 and who show potential and skills that are found to be in the appropriate range when compared to their peers. To learn more click here:Early Kindergarten Entrance FAQ.pdf or inquire at the Welcome Center. Applications for early entry into kindergarten are accepted until the March 6, 2020 deadline. Applicants will be assessed in late May, with results communicated in June. Qualifying students must complete their kindergarten enrollment at the Welcome Center no later than July 15, 2020. Students not eligible or who miss the application deadline of March 6, 2020 are encouraged to visit the Early Childhood office to complete an early childhood enrollment application. The deadline to register for an assessment for early entrance into kindergarten was March 6 and has passed.
What to bring for Enrollment