Is your child starting kindergarten in the Anchorage School District in the 2020-21 school year? Then come join us!
During Kindergarten Round-up events, ASD staff will share what to expect as your child begins kindergarten in the fall. Together, we will partner to help your child be best prepared to experience early school success. Information will be available on how to help your child at home and how to enroll in kindergarten. Parents/guardians are encouraged to ask questions and take home resources.
Enrolling Your Child in Kindergarten
When to register
Children must be five years old on or before September 1 to be enrolled in kindergarten.
If a family is moving into the district from another state and the child is not yet five, but was enrolled in a public school where they came from, then the child can be enrolled at an ASD school. Being enrolled in any other kind of school in Anchorage (private, parochial, etc.) does not qualify a child to be enrolled here and he/she will need to meet the age criteria.
Note: Kindergarten families need to wait until after July 1 to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch for the 2020-21 school year.
- Proof of residency, such as a utility or phone bill, contract of purchase or lease agreement.
- Current official record of immunization due by the first day of school:
- Diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus
- Measles, mumps and rubella
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Varicella (two doses are required for K-6)
- Birth certificate for kindergarten and first-grade students
In addition to the documents required for all students, parents should also bring:
- Names and phone numbers of emergency contacts and individuals who may pick up the child from school
- Copies of legal papers if there is a custody situation
All students transferring into the district will receive a health screening by a school nurse within 90 days, to meet the physical examination requirement.
Preschool: All children attending an ASD preschool are required to register and be immunized. Students may register, but will not be allowed to attend classes until the shot record is on file.
- ASD enrollment form: Student and contact information is used to contact parents/guardians in an emergency.
- Release and disclosure of directory information form: Tells the district what information may or may not be released about your student.
- Survey permission form: Tells the district whether or not your student can participate in certain school surveys.
- Media release form: Used to grant parent/ guardian permission for use of student information, photos, images, etc. for use in media projects.
Other forms that may be required for your child:
- Internet agreement for students
- Health forms
- Migrant education survey
- English Language Learners survey
- Free and reduced meals application form
- Optional student accident and health insurance
- Title VI Indian Education eligibility
Family Connection Meetings: During the delayed start week, kindergarten teachers meet with families and students to welcome them to school and talk about each child’s
strengths and needs.
Kindergarten Academy. Each school hosts two to three opportunities for kindergarten students to come to school and learn in the classroom for an abbreviated class session during the delayed start week. These sessions allow children and families to practice school routines and responsibilities like pick-up/drop off, packing for school, and saying goodbye before the full day kindergarten
Countdown to kindergarten
5. February: Visit schools
Check out what educational opportunities are available in ASD and visit schools! School tours are offered at every school on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. during the month of February.
4. March-April: Decide on your child's school
Parents interested in having their child attend their neighborhood school do not need to sign up until school registration, held during the first full week of August. Parents interested in having their child attend a school other than the neighborhood school must complete an online application.
3. May-July: Plan routines for the school year
Read the 10 Ways to Get Ready for Kindergarten for tips. Visit your child’s school playground over the summer so they become familiar with their school site.
2. August: Get ready for school
1. Start school!
See the school calendar page for the current academic year calendar where important dates can be found.