Heads up to families looking at kindergarten: Providence Public Schools will be registering children for kindergarten and first gradeÂ from January 3 to February 10, 2012. The registration is done alphabetically; click here for a PDF of the schedule. You can visit the Providence Public Schools’ website’s registration section for details about registration requirements and assignment policies.
Please spend time during December to visit schools, both those in your neighborhood (remember, Providence has a neighborhood school enrollment policy for general education students) andÂ those outside your neighborhood that interest you. Open Schools week is December 5 – 8th, as described on this PDF flier.
In an upcoming post, I’ll revisit and refresh thoughts about the value of visiting schools and how you can interpret and understand information about schools in our community. If you’re curious now, check out the my past posts here. You’ll notice that in previous years, Kindergarten registration was much later in the year. It’s fantastic that registration is earlier now, and I hope that means that the process of assigning students and notifying families of those assignments will happen commensurately earlier as well. Last year (which was complicated due to the school closures), we received verification of my kindergartner’s school assignment (MLK Elementary) at nearly the end of the school year. Here’s hoping that families will find out much sooner and be that much less anxious during what should be an exciting time of transition.
Worries about what may happen aside, the earlier start to kindergarten registration is a great start toward improved operations. Way to go, PPSD!