It's time for Kindergarten
Do you have a child eligible to enter kindergarten this coming fall? As the parent or guardian of a student in our schools, you are our most important and valued partner in our work to help your child achieve academic excellence. The first step is scheduling an early childhood screening and then enrolling in Kindergarten. Use the resources on our page to navigate through our website and learn more about Rochester Public Schools.
Start by Enrolling in Kindergarten
Kindergarten enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year opened on January 3, 2023. All incoming kindergarten students need to be enrolled through our Skyward system. Learn how to enroll your student below.
- How to enroll if your family is new to Rochester Public Schools
- How to enroll if your family already has students enrolled in Rochester Public Schools
How to enroll if your family is new to Rochester Public Schools
How to enroll if your family already has students enrolled in Rochester Public Schools
Get Ready for Kindergarten
Did you know RPS offers an Online option for Kindergarten Students?
If you live in the state of Minnesota, your future kindergarten student is eligible for enrollment at RPS Online through Open Enrollment.
RPS Online offers a K-12, synchronous-first, online learning environment for students across the state of Minnesota. Students engage in learning aligned to the Minnesota State Academic Standards taught by Rochester Public School teachers.
Instruction is provided primarily in a live, synchronous model. Our classes are designed based on best practice instructional design merged with learning and teaching research.
Interested or have any questions on how RPS Online works? Join RPS Online Principal Brandon Macrafic and RPS Online kindergarten teacher Stacy Jarvis for an informational webinar on Tuesday, April 11 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Please complete this registration form.
For more information on RPS Online, visit our web page.
What does Kindergarten really look like?
Making the transition into the school system can be an emotional time for you and your student. Whether you're a first-time parent or caregiver or if this is your last student entering kindergarten, our team of staff is ready to help you along the way.
Take a peek into a day in the life of a Kindergarten student to learn more about what's in store for your student.
Check out the Kindergarten Enrollment Guide
Learn about the ins and outs of Kindergarten enrollment and the find a variety of helpful information to guide you through the process.
Frequently Asked Questions about Kindergarten
- What is the age requirement for entrance to kindergarten?
- What do I do if I need to have an interpreter help me during the registration process?
- Where will my child go to school?
- What about transportation?
- What if my daycare is in another attendance area other than where I live?
What is the age requirement for entrance to kindergarten?
What do I do if I need to have an interpreter help me during the registration process?
Where will my child go to school?
What about transportation?
What if my daycare is in another attendance area other than where I live?
- What specials are in the curriculum (art/P.E./music/etc.) ?
- Is there all-day kindergarten in Rochester?
- Is child care available for before and after school?
- What about immunizations?
- How do I obtain a copy of my child’s birth certificate?
What specials are in the curriculum (art/P.E./music/etc.) ?
Is there all-day kindergarten in Rochester?
Is child care available for before and after school?
What about immunizations?
How do I obtain a copy of my child’s birth certificate?
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