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    Kindergarten

    KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

    2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

     The Administration and the Board of School Directors welcome you to the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District.  We have prepared this information to assist you in registering your child for kindergarten. 

    Who needs to register?

    If your child will be entering kindergarten in September 2019, it is important that you register your child as soon as possible.  In order to facilitate staffing and planning, we need to have an accurate count of children who plan to attend kindergarten during the 2019-2020 school year. 

    How do I register my child for kindergarten?

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for kindergarten admission in September 2019, children must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2019.  There are NO EXCEPTIONS. 

    Registration Process

    The Wallingford-Swarthmore School District utilizes a central registration system.  Children can be registered online by CLICKING HERE.  If you do not have access to a computer, you can make an appointment to complete the registration online at the Registration Office which is located at:

    Registration Office
    Strath Haven Middle School
    Administrative Wing
    200 South Providence Road
    Wallingford, PA  19086

    Our contact number is 610-892-3470, extension 1506.  Please utilize this phone number for any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment with someone in the Registration Office.  You may also e-mail your question(s) to Derrick Clements, our Registrar:  dclements@wssd.org .

    Please visit our Registration Office webpage for more detailed registration information including required registration information as well as copies of all of the forms you will be asked to complete.  The webpage can be accessed by clicking this link . 

    Is there a deadline to register my child for kindergarten?

    No.  Kindergarten registration is ongoing; however, children must be registered by March 1, 2019 in order to be included in the kindergarten lottery to determine morning or afternoon kindergarten session placement.  Please see more information about the kindergarten lottery below. 

    Does the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District offer a full-day or half-day kindergarten program?

    The Wallingford-Swarthmore School District kindergarten program is a half-day program.  Each student is assigned to either a morning or an afternoon session.  The times for each session are listed below:

    Morning Session            8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Afternoon Session        12:45 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.

    May I indicate a preference for morning or afternoon session?

    Yes.  When completing the Student Survey for Kindergarten included in the online registration materials, families may indicate a preference for either morning or afternoon session, but the School District cannot guarantee that requests will be granted. The School District utilizes the following procedure to ensure equity in assigning sessions. Please note that session assignment will not be made on a first-come, first-served basis and will not be performed during registration.

    Kindergarten Lottery

    When completing the Student Survey for Kindergarten included in the online registration materials, each family will be asked to indicate one of the following:  no preference, preference for morning session; or preference for afternoon session.  If the number of requests for one of the sessions exceeds our capacity to honor those requests, a lottery (i.e., random selection) will be used to help determine session assignments. If a lottery is necessary, it will be held in conjunction with the Kindergarten Orientation (see below).  Please note: children must be registered* by March 1st in order to be included in the lottery.

    *Registration is not considered complete unless all required information has been submitted.  Parents are advised to allow enough time to collect immunization records to submit as part of the complete registration.

     Required registration information includes:

    1. Proof of child’s age
    2. Proof of residency
    3. Immunizations required by law
    4. Parent Registration Statement
    5. Home Language Survey  

    Depending on your individual situation, additional documents may be needed. 

    Please visit our Registration Office webpage for more detailed registration information including required registration information.  The webpage can be accessed by clicking this link . 

    The District makes every effort to adhere to the selection order determined by the lottery, but reserves the right to make adjustments necessary for balancing classes to provide an optimal learning environment for all students. Parents will be notified in writing of kindergarten teacher assignments in mid-August of 2019.

    How do I arrange a tour of the school my child will attend in the fall?

    If you would like to tour any of our elementary schools, please contact that school’s Principal, who will be happy to assist you. 

    Nether Providence Elementary School
    410 Moore Road
    Wallingford, PA 19086
    610-892-3470 ext. 4105
    Principal:  Mr. Al Heinle

     

    Swarthmore-Rutledge School
    100 College Avenue
    Swarthmore, PA  19081
    610-892-3470 exr. 4505
    Principal:  Dr. Angela Tuck 

    Wallingford Elementary School
    20 South Providence Road
    Wallingford, PA 19086
    610-892-3470 ext. 4305
    Principal:  Mr. Gabriel Savage

     

    Does the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District offer a kindergarten orientation for parents?

    Yes.  We offer a kindergarten orientation in each of our elementary schools, and we invite all parents/guardians to attend the orientation in their neighborhood school.  Kindergarten orientations will be held as follows: 

    Nether Providence Elementary School
    410 Moore Road
    Wallingford, PA 19086
    K Orientation: Monday, March 4th
    Time:  7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Location:  Cafeteria

     

    Swarthmore-Rutledge School
    100 College Avenue
    Swarthmore, PA  19081
    K Orientation: Tuesday, March 5th
    Time:  7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Location:  Auditorium 

    Wallingford Elementary School
    20 South Providence Road
    Wallingford, PA 19086
    Orientation: Monday, March 4th
    Time:  7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Location:  Library 

     

    The orientation will include information on school transportation, kindergarten health services, PTO, and upcoming events for children and parents.  If necessary, the kindergarten lottery, which is used to determine session assignment, will also be held at this time. Please see more information about the kindergarten lottery mentioned above. 

    If you are unsure which elementary school is your neighborhood school, please visit the Registration Office webpage for links to District school boundaries.  The webpage can be accessed by clicking this link .

    SCHOOL BUS            

    Please help us share this information with your neighbors and friends.

    If there is a child of kindergarten age in your neighborhood who has no siblings attending District schools, please relay this information to the child's parent(s)/guardian(s).

    If you would like a copy of this information in the form of a flyer, click here .

    WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN