Kindergarten in FCPS
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Any child who turns 5 on or before Oct. 1 is eligible to start full-day kindergarten in August. To enroll a student, families should go to the school their neighborhood is assigned to and fill out a registration packet. Visit the online street directory to find your school. Note that two brand-new elementaries will open in August 2016: Coventry Oak and Garrett Morgan.
Registration window: July 26 through Aug. 10 (first day of school). Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.
For questions about enrollment, call (859) 381-4130. For resources to help children transition to kindergarten, call (859) 381-4307.
Early-entry option: Parents of a 4-year-old who exhibits high levels of academic and social/emotional aptitude may request screening if their child is turning 5 between Aug. 2 and Oct. 31. The process begins with an application and screening, followed by possible assessments and a final school decision for determining a student’s ability to succeed in kindergarten. Mimimum requirements include a 96 percent or higher on the screening and academic assessments. Each school makes the final decision for early-entry kindergarten placement based on a data review and social/emotional readiness. Children are screened in November and December, and placement decisions are made by February.
- Characteristics and traits of a gifted preschooler
- Early entry application (Window: Aug. 1 through Nov. 1)
For a hard copy of the application form, call (859) 381-4741 or email Shavonna Ross. Then mail the completed application to Fayette County Public Schools, attn. Shavonna Ross in IAKSS room 206, 1126 Russell Cave Road, Lexington KY 40505.
Countdown to Kindergarten
"Countdown to Kindergarten" spotlights the importance of early learning activities and family involvement in education while also providing residents with a range of entertaining programs. Thanks to the joint efforts of local organizations, children registered to start kindergarten in August have a summer full of free and low-cost activities to help them get ready for their first day of school. | 2016 schedule | Feature article | Channel 13 program
This late-summer informal orientation gets children and families into the school spirit! Parents can fill out paperwork, tour the school and meet other families and a few teachers. Meanwhile, school staff will screen children to assess their readiness for kindergarten. Don't panic if your child cannot do everything on the list. Simply start to introduce the new skills by embedding them throughout your daily routines -- counting bananas at the grocery store and finding words around the house that begin with certain letters. Remember, it's also important to work on your child's following directions, listening and getting along with others.
- Definition for school readiness (Governor's Early Childhood Task Force)
- Parent guides (Governor's Office of Early Childhood)
- Transition-to-school tips (PBS)
- Math is Everywhere (Sesame Street)
Expectations in FCPS
Did you know?
- Each school has its own website where you can find school supply lists, important dates, and timely information. | List of elementaries