Hamilton School District #3, will offer several Early Kindergarten classrooms for the 2022-2023 school year. These classes of up to 18 students each will be housed at Washington Elementary School. Washington will also be home to our Special Education program for students 3-5 years of age who are identified through Part B of the IDEA. Students who are going to be in the Early Kindergarten program need to be 4 years of age (or older) on or before September 10, 2022.
The goal of our program is to have every child begin kindergarten feeling confident alongside their peers, continue learning new skills, stay in school and graduate! Early Kindergarten is meant to help targeted students with kindergarten readiness skills. HSD3 wants to ensure that all students in our community are prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond by providing a language rich program designed to add intensive resources for targeted students.
The program will serve students who turn four on or before September 10th and will give priority to the following factors:
- Lives within the HSD3 district boundaries
- Student’s age (Need to be 4 on or before September 10)
- If we need to we may consider:
- Qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch
- is Limited English Proficient within the meaning of Title III of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or;
- is homeless as defined in 42 U.S. Code § 11302, or;
- does not meet these requirements, but is recommended for enrollment by the
WHEN:Parents interested in applying for the program will follow a two-stage process.
Applications will be accepted at the District Office or Washington Elementary from February 1 - April 15, 2022. Please drop off your application at Washington Elementary or the District Office.
Parents will need to provide the following information when applying for the program:
1. A copy of the student's Certified Birth Certificate.
Applications will be reviewed and parents whose students are invited to enroll will be notified. At that time, parents who wish to enroll will complete the full HSD3 enrollment packet, including the student’s immunization records.
Parents who are notified that their student has been invited to
enroll will be expected to come to the Early Kindergarten Screenings to be held on April 20, 2022. Parents of those students will get a phone call to set up
an appointment for screenings. These screenings will assess your student’s skills and give our teachers valuable information for the upcoming school year.
Early Kindergarten SCHOOL DAY: Classes run from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Complete schedule details will be communicated as soon as possible.
ANNUAL CALENDAR: Students in the Early Kindergarten program will follow the regular school year schedule for kindergarten students. The last day of school is the Friday before Memorial Day.
Application can be found here: Early Kindergarten Application