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Kindergarten Orientation March 15

Here Is What You Need to Know

The very first day of school is almost here for 2017’s kindergarteners.

Parents can bring their children for Kalamazoo Public Schools’ kindergarten orientation on Wednesday, March 15 at all elementary school buildings.

Children who will be 5 by Sept. 1, 2017 are eligible for kindergarten this fall. Students who start kindergarten in Kalamazoo Public Schools, and who continue their education through 12th grade at KPS will be the 2029 Kalamazoo Promise scholars, eligible for free college tuition and fees at most Michigan colleges and universities.

The elementary schools will be open for families to register incoming kindergarten students, meet teachers, visit classrooms, and learn more about the many programs KPS offers. Parents can help prepare their children for a successful kindergarten experience by visiting school during kindergarten orientation and registering their students.

Parents should bring the incoming child’s birth certificate, immunization record, proof of hearing and vision screening (if available) and two proofs of residency (for example: a utility bill, a lease agreement, or a mortgage agreement).

Families that need immunizations for their children can visit Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services (KCHCS) before orientation. KCHCS provides immunizations 8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Thursday. On the first Tuesday of each month, the clinic opens at 1 p.m. Guardians should bring children’s immunization records, as well as proof of income and insurance records, to the clinic. The immunization clinic is located at 3299 Gull Road.

Please call (269) 373-5203 for more information.

Families with younger children also will find applications for the Pre-kindergarten Early Education Program (PEEP) at kindergarten orientation. PEEP is open to students who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2017. Participants must meet state eligibility requirements.

The times for kindergarten orientation for each school is listed below. The schedule is also available at www.kalamazoopublicschools.com. You may contact your school for more details.

2017 KPS Kindergarten Orientation Schedule


Arcadia Elementary School
269-337-0530
932 Boswell Lane
9:30-11 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Edison Environmental Science Academy
269-337-0550
924 Russell St.
9:30-11 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

El Sol Elementary School
269-337-0230
604 W. Vine St.
9:30-11 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Greenwood Elementary School
269-337-0560
3501 Moreland Ave.
10-11:30 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Indian Prairie Elementary School
269-337-0590
3546 Grand Prairie Ave.
10-11:30 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

King-Westwood Elementary School
269-337-0610
1100 Nichols Road
9:30-11 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Lincoln International Studies School
269-337-0640
912 N. Burdick St.
9-10:30 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Milwood Elementary School
269-337-0660
3400 Lovers Lane
9:30-11 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Northeastern Elementary School
269-337-0690
2433 Gertrude St.
9:30-11 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Northglade Montessori Magnet School
269-337-0700
1914 Cobb Ave.
9:30-11 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary School
269-337-0720
2321 S. Park St.
1-3 p.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Prairie Ridge Elementary School
269-337-0630
2294 S. Ninth St.
9:30-11 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Spring Valley Center for Exploration
269-337-0750
3530 Mt. Olivet Road
9:30-11 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Washington Writers’ Academy
269-337-0770
1919 Portage St.
9-10:30 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Winchell Elementary School
269-337-0780
2316 Winchell Ave.
9:30-11 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Woods Lake: A Magnet Center for the Arts
269-337-0790
3215 Oakland Drive
9-10:30 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.

Woodward School for Technology and Research

269-337-0810
606 Stuart Ave.
9-10:30 a.m.
5:30-7 p.m.
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