Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of full-day kindergarten?
Greater exposure to educational opportunities and experiences, as well as extended opportunities for social interactions with other children.
What is the length of the full-day kindergarten day?
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
What is the length of the half-day kindergarten day?
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Half-day students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m. when full-day students break for lunch.
Can parents choosing the half-day kindergarten request AM or PM kindergarten sessions?
No. Half-day kindergarten is offered only as a morning session.
Can a student be moved from a half-day to a full-day Kindergarten program?
This type of request will be handled on a case-by-case basis and is dependent upon class size.
Can a student be moved from a full-day to a half-day Kindergarten program?
Moving a child from full-time to half-time kindergarten is discouraged. Extenuating circumstances may be considered on an individual basis.
Is there a dual language kindergarten program?
Yes. Students participating in the dual language kindergarten program will attend North, Canterbury, or Coventry Elementary school. Half-day sessions of the dual language kindergarten program are not offered. Parents interested in the dual language kindergarten program must attend an informational meeting held in January or February the year prior to enrollment. The program has limited enrollment and is based on a lottery system. Click the link for more information about District 47’s dual language program.
How will encore subjects such as physical education, art, music and STEM be affected?
Half-day kindergarten will focus on core curriculum instruction and may not include encore subjects. Full-day kindergarten will deliver encore subjects, including P.E., art, music, STEM, Purposeful Play and social-emotional learning.
What about special education kindergarten students?
Kindergarteners within a special education program will attend full-day kindergarten.
Where will full-day kindergarten classes be offered?
Full-day kindergarten will be offered at all District 47 elementary schools.
Where will half-day kindergarten classes be offered?
Students that are enrolled in half-day kindergarten typically attend their homeschool. Because there are usually fewer than 10 families Districtwide that opt for the half-day program, it is beneficial for a half-day student to remain at their homeschool to engage with students that may be in their future 1st - 5th grade classrooms. In unique cases, the decision may be made to have all half-day students attend one school. This decision regarding which school may house a half-day program if determined necessary, is typically not made until late summer (August) in order to allow for most kindergarten registration to be completed.
What about bus transportation?
Bus transportation will be provided if a student lives 1.5 miles or more away from school.
Will cafeteria lunch, recess, and snack opportunities be provided to full-day kindergarteners?
Will there be an opportunity for students to rest in full-day kindergarten?
Yes, though research shows that most students’ need for rest diminishes after the first few weeks of school.
What will be the class size?
Typically, kindergarten classes are comprised of 25 or less students.
What does a full-day kindergarten curriculum look like?
The full-day kindergarten curriculum offers best practice in terms of instruction and quality core curriculum, as well as encore subjects, such as P.E., art, music, and STEM. Full-day kindergarten offers additional opportunities for practice, application and extension. Students will also have more time for socialization. Literacy instruction will include guided reading as a part of our balanced literacy program, Traits Writing, handwriting, Math Expressions, Foss Science, and Social Studies. Full-day kindergarten will include lunch (sack or school lunch), as well as Purposeful Play and recess.
What does a half-day kindergarten curriculum look like?
The half-day kindergarten curriculum includes the core instruction referenced above, but with limited and/or no exposure to encore subjects.