Kindergarten and Young Fives
Online Kindergarten Registration opens on February 1 for the 2023-2024 School year on the Mason Public Schools website for in-district students. All Kindergarten classes meet at Harvey Education Center. We can’t wait to meet the next class of bulldogs!
Skyward registration links
Resident families are encouraged to register by March 15th for Fall 2023.
Resident families with children that will be 5 years of age by September 1 are encouraged to register now. Proof of Residency, Certified Birth Certificate, and Immunization records must be attached to the registration, or emailed to Karla Harkness. An in-person Round-Up will take place in May, by appointment. The Harvey office staff will reach out to all registered families to schedule a time.
Resident families with students enrolled in a Child Development Services Preschool Program are asked to do the following:
- Update your child's information in Skyward Family Access (Please do not re-enroll.)
- Notify Karla Harkness, HEC Secretary, of your intention to register your child for kindergarten.
- Provide Proof of Residency, Certified Birth Certificate, and Immunization record.
Non-resident families interested in kindergarten at Mason Public Schools may apply for Schools of Choice (SOC). Contact Jodi Somerville for a SOC application.
Teacher placements are posted via Skyward mid-August. Your child's teacher will email you their back-to-school newsletter, info, and more.
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Mason Public Schools is proud to offer our Young Fives Kindergarten. Students considered for Young Fives must be age 5 by December 1. Young Fives Kindergarten will follow the same full-day schedule and calendar as Kindergarten. It will be taught by a certified teacher.
How does Young Fives Differ from Kindergarten?: Young Fives Kindergarten offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to meet the needs of children who may need one more year of social, emotional, and/or academic development. The program is child-centered and provides additional time for emotional, social, intellectual, and physical growth through learning activities that foster development. The Young Fives classroom builds on expanded Preschool or Early Learning elements that work to prepare the child for their upcoming kindergarten year. The classroom includes activities to support key academics in a play and sensory-based approach. Students engage daily in free choice, whole group time, literacy, writing, math, and theme (science, social studies, art, health, etc.). Students also participate fully in physical education, music, art, recess, and library weekly.
Process for Enrollment: Interested in-district families should register online for Kindergarten, and complete an age waiver (provided via email). All incoming Kindergarten students and potential Young Fives Kindergarten students will traditionally participate in a May Kindergarten Round-Up appointment. Staff will gather data from observations, parent input, student school/childcare history, and birthdate. A rubric for placement will be used to determine eligibility. The Harvey Education Center Staff is committed to balancing all classrooms with the social, emotional, and academic needs of all students considered. Families will be notified of students’ placement in Young Fives by June 1.
Helpful Information for Kindergarten
Highlight Your Child Form - Important to Return this to HEC
Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
Kindergarten Common Core Standards