Kindergarten pre-registration for the School District of Philadelphia opens today, Feb. 28, and runs through May 31.
Children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2017, or children who are 6 and did not attend kindergarten are eligible.
Superintendent William Hite noted that sending children to kindergarten is a step that parents can take "in setting up their children for long-term success." Data shows that students who attend kindergarten, and preschool, are more likely to succeed academically and grow their social and emotional skills.
Kindergarten is not mandatory in Pennsylvania, so spots aren't necessarily guaranteed in a child's home school. But families should go to the neighborhood school to register. Anyone who does not know which school is their home school can use the School Finder tool at philasd.org/school_finder. If the neighborhood school has filled its spots, students will be offered enrollment in the closest school that still has space.
In addition, District-wide Kindergarten Open House events will take place at various schools on Tuesday, March 7. More information about these events, as well as translated information about kindergarten registration in various languages, can be found at philasd.org/kindergarten-registration.