Registration information for incoming kindergartners and new students is available at the APS School Registration web page. Kindergarten information sessions for parents are typically held in May. More information about kindergarten in Arlington Public Schools is on the APS – Kindergarten web site.
In June, screening appointments for incoming students are held. From APS: As mandated by state and federal law, Arlington Public Schools conducts a screening of all incoming Kindergarten children. The screening process is a non-intensive scan of a young child’s overall developmental skills. Skill areas screened include: speech-language, math, fine and gross motor skills, cognition, developmental history and a review of the child’s general health. The screening is not a readiness test or an evaluation. Screening activities are designed to find those children who may require extra support in school or may require further evaluation.
The first week of Kindergarten includes half-day orientations. Your child’s schedule for the first week will be mailed to you in late August. (The school calendar is set by the School Committee and is available on the APS web site.)
For those looking to connect with other Kindergarten families during the spring and summer, visit the Arlington Family Connection web site to see about any scheduled meetups. The Arlington Parents Facebook page and Arlington Parents listserv are also popular community resources for connecting with other parents and families. Visit the Peirce School’s News Page to access the weekly Newsletter as well as various Peirce Facebook pages.