Kindergarten In Westerville

Westerville City Schools are preparing to begin the registration process for our next kindergarten class. We look forward to meeting our new families and greeting our returning families. Kindergarten is required for children before entering first grade. If your child will be five years old on or before September 30, 2014, you may register him/her for kindergarten.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2014-15 school year will begin in February. A calendar of events includes:

Kindergarten 101 on February 11, 2014

Kindergarten 101 is a presentation by principals, Kindergarten teachers, nurses, and representatives from the District Enrollment Center. The purpose of the presentation is to inform parents of the process for enrolling their child for Kindergarten, educating parents on the typical Kindergarten day and what is expected of our Kindergarteners throughout the school year, and to answer questions parents may have about the Kindergarten experience. Kindergarten 101 will be held on February 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at both Fouse and Hawthorne Elementary Schools. The same presentation will be made concurrently at both sites. Free childcare for children two years old and older will be provided on-site by members of Westerville City Schools High School Service Organizations. A Somali interpreter will be present at Hawthorne and a Spanish interpreter will be available at Fouse. Please call 797-5934 to inquire about American Sign Language needs.

Click here to view the Kindergarten 101 presentation from February 2013.  An updated presentation will be posted following the 2014 Kindergarten 101 event in February 2014.

Kindergarten Packet Pick-up on February 19, 2014

Kindergarten Packet Pick-Up is a set evening during which all elementary schools open their doors to welcome the next Kindergarten families. Parents report to their assigned school to obtain a registration packet and sign up for a registration appointment. The packet contains directions and paperwork for enrolling their child in Kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year. Kindergarten Packet Pick-Up will be held on February 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Kindergarten Registration Appointments held beginning February 24, 2014

Individual appointments are scheduled on Packet Pick-up nights. Parents are to complete the necessary paperwork and bring all required documents to their scheduled registration appointment at the District Enrollment Center. Kindergarten registration will begin February 24. Please see a list of required documents below.

Kindergarten Gentle Start and Kindergarten First Day of School

More information about Gentle Start and the First Day of School to come.

Requirements for Registration

When you come to the Family Resource Center for your scheduled registration appointment, you must come to the appointment with the following forms already completed:

  • Completed online registration;
  • original birth certificate;
  • parent/legal guardian photo ID;
  • divorce/custody documentation (if applicable);
  • current IEP/MFE paperwork (if applicable);
  • two (2) current proofs of residency; and
  • updated/completed immunization form.


What immunizations are required for entrance into kindergarten?

State law requires immunizations to be completed prior to entering school. Requirements are:

  • DPT or DtaP (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus). A minimum of four. If the fourth dose was administered before the age of four, a fifth dose is required.
  • Polio – a minimum of four doses; last dose must be given on or after 4th birthday regardless of number of doses.
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). Two doses required.
  • HBV (Hepatitis B). Three doses required.
  • Varivax (chicken pox). Two doses or history of disease is required for Kindergarten entry. First dose must be given on or after the 1st birthday.

Where can you go to get the required immunizations for entrance into kindergarten?

Immunizations are available through your local health departments.  Health departments serving Westerville City Schools families include:

  • Westerville & Gahanna: 614-462-3635
  • Columbus: 614-645-7945
  • Delaware County: 740-368-1700

If you have any questions about immunizations, please call your school office or the Enrollment and Family Resource Center at 797-7700.

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