Kindergarten Registration Now Open Documents Available for Half-Day, Full-Day Kindergarten Options

Kindergarten Registration Now Open Documents Available for Half-Day, Full-Day Kindergarten Options
Registration documents and applications for the continuing half-day and all-day kindergarten option are now available.

Lakota’s kindergarten classes are held at its four Early Childhood Schools, and a parent information night is scheduled at each school as follows:

Feb. 9 @ 7:00 p.m.

Feb. 18 @ 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 25 @ 7:00 p.m.

March 3 @ 7:00 p.m.

These Kindergarten Information Nights are intended for parents; open houses will be held in August for parents and children.

Note that students must be five years old on or before Aug. 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year.

Families will register for kindergarten at the Lakota Enrollment Center by attendance zone.

Wyandot: Feb. 22–26
Creekside: Feb. 29–March 4
Shawnee: March 7–11
Liberty: March 14–18
Any Building: March 21–25

Registration will take place at the Enrollment Centerlocated at 8735 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester (across from the West Chester Post Office).

Enrollment Center Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursdays (Feb. 25, March 3, 10, and 17)
11:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday evenings
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. by APPOINTMENT ONLY!!
Please call to schedule your appointment at 682-4120.

Click here for complete information, registration packets and lottery applications.

Click here to view the information above in Spanish.


All-Day Kindergarten at Lakota
Frequently Asked Questions

How long has Lakota been offering all-day kindergarten?
Next school year will be the third year for Lakota’s all-day kindergarten option. We began this pilot project with two tuition-based classrooms per school. For the current school year, a new state funding model allowed us to expand to four classrooms per school and offer the option tuition-free using a lottery system.

What will this year’s all-day kindergarten program look like?
We are excited to be able to continue this year’s tuition-free model into the 2016-2017 school year. The option will be identical to this year’s, accommodating up to 100 students per school.

How does the lottery system work?

After the application deadline, students will be selected randomly by lottery. Students will not be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is the half-day kindergarten option still available?
Yes. Lakota will also continue to offer its half-day, tuition-free option for parents who prefer it. Students who are not selected in the lottery will be placed on a wait list and automatically enrolled in half-day kindergarten at the school in their attendance zone.

Will Lakota consider expanding the all-day option to serve more students?
This option is still very young and it’s premature to determine its exact impact on students. Each year, we will evaluate the data to learn more about its impact and consider what value there is in continuing or expanding it. Part of that includes an evaluation of how much room there is to grow in our current buildings.

How does funding impact any potential expansion?
Funding is the main driver of our decision. The same state funding formula that allowed Lakota to offer tuition-free all-day kindergarten this year has changed yet again. This means a higher cost for Lakota to offer the same option to the same number of students next year.

Despite the higher cost, we are maintaining current levels next school year. But to expand to accommodate more sections of students would require even more staffing additions and significant costs. A balanced budget is critical to the financial health of this district and for that reason, it is not possible to add another costly option without taking another away.

What other considerations impact programming decisions?
Every year, we take a very close look at all programming options for grades K-12. The district’s current academic spending priorities remain focused on the levy commitments to support more advanced technology in all classrooms, at all grade levels, and more modernized secondary course offerings. This includes a new series of programming courses along with introducing three new AP courses at both high schools.

The levy has also helped us to increase art, music and PE in the younger grades and provide critical supports like academic coaches to help direct the different enrichment and intervention students need at all different stages of learning.