Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions
What is the age requirement for enrolling in kindergarten?
Children who are five years old on or before September 1st may enter kindergarten in September.
My child’s birthday is after September 1st, can I still enroll my child in kindergarten?
If your child will be 5 years old on or between September 2nd and September 15th of the school year, you may request consideration for early entrance. Please contact Lisa Oliva at the District office: 503-534-2120 or email@example.com. Children with birthdays after September 15th of the school year are not eligible for enrollment or early admission consideration according to School Board Policy.
When should I register my child for kindergarten?
Online registration is available starting January 22, 2020. Registration forms are date and time-stamped upon receipt to establish priority for enrolling in the resident school (or participation in the lottery should more students register than space available).
How do I register my child for kindergarten?
Kindergarten registration is done on the District's online registration portal. Please direct any enrollment inquiries to your resident school.
What documentation is required to enroll my child?
- A copy of your child’s birth certificate, passport, or some other official record of birth
- Proof of residency (current utility bill, sales agreement for purchase of home or rental agreement)
- Completed and signed Oregon Certificate of Immunization Status
- Home Language/Recent Arrivers Survey
- Certification that the student received a dental screening within the previous 12 months
My child is already in pre-k, do I still need to register?
Students who are currently enrolled in a LOSD Pre-Kindergarten program are NOT automatically enrolled in kindergarten. Pre-k students who reside within Lake Oswego may enroll as a new student. Pre-k students who live outside of the Lake Oswego boundary are not eligible for kindergarten enrollment.
Is my child guaranteed enrollment in kindergarten at our resident school?
Kindergarten is capped at 26 students per classroom (Spanish immersion kindergarten is capped at 28 students). In the event that the number of kindergarten registrants exceeds the number of spaces available at your resident school, the school will hold a lottery for applications received until the May 1, 2020 deadline. Students who are not accepted into their resident school for kindergarten will be assigned a non-resident school (“overflow”) to attend. If your child attends kindergarten at a non-resident school due to insufficient space at your resident school, transportation will be provided (some exceptions may apply). The number of kindergarten classrooms being offered at each school is typically determined in late spring by the District; however, the number of classrooms can change if there is a significant increase in registrations during the summer. Families will be notified of their kindergarten placement during the summer once the number of classrooms has been established and overflow schools have been identified.
Lottery Important Dates:
- On May 1st, any school that has more age-eligible registered kindergarten students than capacity will conduct a lottery.
- Lottery Deadline: May 1, 2020.
- Lottery Tier 1: Applicants with age-eligible siblings currently attending the same resident school will be given priority and will not go into the lottery but MUST register by the May 1 deadline.
- Lottery Tier 2: Age-eligible registrations received by May 1, 2020.
- Lottery Tier 3: All registrations (including sibling and early admission) received after May 1, 2020 are subject to availability.
- Lottery Date: May 6, 2020.
- Lottery Notification Date: May 8, 2020.
- All enrollments not selected in the lottery or received after the May 1 cut off, whose school is at capacity, would then be automatically overflowed to other schools in the district.
- Overflow schools won't be finalized until summer and we will notify families as soon as school assignments are determined.
- Most families are enrolled and attend at their resident school and are not included in the lottery process.
- Bus transportation will be provided for overflow students.
- Early-admission candidates must be assessed and pass the approval process. Approved early-admission students will be placed at the end of the applicant list for placement in their resident school.
- Any students who are overflowed for kindergarten will return to their home school for 1st grade.
If a lottery is necessary, is there a lottery deadline?
Yes. The enrollment deadline to be included in the lottery is May 1, 2020.
How do I know which school is my child’s resident school?
A student’s resident school is determined by their home address. If you are in question of which school your child should attend based upon where you live, please contact the District office at 503-534-2000 or visit the LOSD Boundary Search Tool to search for your child’s school using your home address. Students must reside within the school district boundaries for which they attend school. Legal residency is governed by Oregon Revised Statute 339.1333. For school purposes, students are considered residents of the district in which their parents or guardians reside. It is not determined by condominiums, rentals, or businesses that parents own.
We don’t live in Lake Oswego. Can I enroll my child in kindergarten in the Lake Oswego School District?
No. We do not accept elementary out of district transfers or tuition students.
Can I enroll my child in a different school in the district other than our resident school?
Parents must register their child at their resident school. You may then submit an Admission Request form to the District Office seeking permission to transfer to another school. Admission Request forms can be obtained from any elementary school, the District Office or on the District website at www.losdschools.org (About LOSD/Enrolling and Transfer/Forms). Typically, transfer requests are not reviewed until mid-summer. If your child is approved to attend a non-resident school, all registration paperwork you turned in to your resident school will be transferred. Admission Request approvals are valid for one year ONLY and must be submitted each subsequent year for consideration.
How do I enroll my child in the Spanish Immersion Kindergarten?
Registration for Spanish Immersion Kindergarten starts November 1, 2019. The application deadline is 3:30 pm February 21, 2020. For more information, please refer to the LOSD Spanish Immersion webpage. In order to be eligible for the Spanish Immersion program, you must also register your child in kindergarten at your resident school. If your child is selected in the lottery to enroll in the Spanish Immersion Program, all registration paperwork you turned in to your resident school will be transferred.
When will we receive information on the start of school?
Information will be available online on your neighborhood school’s webpage. Each school also provides packets of information on or before the first week of school. For the 2020-21 school year, Kindergarten Assessments will be held August 31 through September 2. Your child will be scheduled to come in for an assessment during one of these days. The first FULL day of kindergarten will be Thursday, September 3, 2020. Please note this is an early release day at 2:00pm.
My child is nervous about meeting his/her teacher, can we meet the teacher before school starts?
Most definitely! Please plan on attending Meet and Greet which is held at your neighborhood school. Dates and times are determined at each school. This will give you and your child the opportunity to meet their teacher and check out the classroom. Students are encouraged to bring their school supplies as well.
In addition, the Lake Oswego School District offers a Kindergarten Transition Program, an optional, registration-based program to provide additional preparation for new kindergarten students. For more information, visit the Kindergarten Transition Program webpage.
What are the school hours?
School doors open in the morning at 8:00 AM, with the tardy bell ringing at 8:20 AM. School concludes at 2:40 PM with the exception for Thursdays, early release, school concludes at 2:00 PM. Lunch times will be scheduled just before the start of the school year.
Who should I contact about my child’s medical condition(s)?
Please contact our district nurse, Ann Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at 503-534-2470, to discuss any medical issues or concerns. Our nurses will develop a health plan for your child that ensures that their teacher and office staff are informed of this important information.
How do I set up a lunch account so my child can buy hot lunch or milk?
On the District website under Departments select the Food Services link and you will be instructed on how to set up an online account. You will need to provide your child’s ID number which is a six-digit number in order to establish an account. If preferred, payment by check or cash can be made in the school office. You can contact the school office in late August for your child’s student ID. You may also contact the district’s Food Service Office at email@example.com or 503-534-2361 for this information or to answer any food service questions.
If my child is absent, do I need to contact anyone other than their teacher?
Communication is very important especially when it involves your child’s safety. If your child is going to be absent, please notify the front office at your child’s school. If the attendance secretary has not received a call for an absent child, calls will be made shortly after the tardy bell rings. While it is always a good idea to let the teacher know when your child will be out, your first contact should be with the school’s main office.
If my child rides the bus, does a parent/guardian need to be at the bus stop?
Kindergarteners require a parent or guardian to meet the school bus at drop-off in order for the driver to release the student.