Bethel School District is proud to offer full-day kindergarten for all students. Researchers have noted that full-day kindergarten leads to higher academic achievement and reduced achievement gaps among students of different economic and racial/ethnic groups; decreases costs by reducing the need for additional academic support in later years; contributes to increased school readiness; and promotes children‘s social and emotional development.
The Kindergarten Smart Start program is a carefully designed process intended to ensure a successful transition into kindergarten for your child.
During the first week of school, your child will attend school one day. During the second week of school, from Monday through Thursday, your child will attend school on a staggered start, a half-day either in the morning or afternoon. This will enable kindergarten staff to:
Smart Start also allows time for you to meet with your child’s kindergarten teacher before the school year begins. At this meeting, you can help the teacher get to know your child and ask any questions you may have about the upcoming school year.
During online registration or in-person – you will sign up for a time to meet with your child’s classroom teacher and indicate a preference for either the morning or afternoon for staggered start the second week of school. Your school will notify you of the exact time of your parent/teacher meeting and confirm your staggered start time.
Students, who are five years old on or before September 1, will be admitted to Bethel’s kindergarten program. Students who turn age five after September 1 and before November 1 may be considered for early entry into kindergarten if they are determined to be sufficiently advanced to succeed in the educational program based on the student’s:
You are welcome to visit Bethel’s schools. Please make arrangements ahead of time with the school you wish to visit so plans can be made to escort you throughout the building.
Parents are encouraged to become familiar with the principals, teachers and the instructional program. All Bethel schools offer a similar enriching kindergarten curriculum. Please explore, visit and then pre-register your child for Bethel kindergarten by visiting your neighborhood school office.
For more information, call the district office at 541.689.3280