Welcome to Bethel School District, Kindergartners!

Bethel School District welcomes all 2022-203 incoming kindergarten students and their families!

The Bethel School District is thrilled to welcome kindergarten students for the 2022-23 school year! Here in Bethel, we pride ourselves in being able to offer small class sizes, unique K-8 learning models, a community-centered approach, and a longstanding positive relationship with the Bethel community.

In the 2021-22 school year the Bethel district reached its highest ever graduation rate, topping graduation rates of neighboring districts in Eugene 4J and Springfield. 

Our district is the perfect size – with 11 schools, Bethel is equipped to provide genuine connection between educators and students. Students who attend in Bethel will be known by name, celebrated for their unique strengths, and are supported to be academically successful throughout their K-12 career.

Want to learn more about Bethel? Feel free to email communications@bethel.k12.or.us

Kindergarten Smart Start

Bethel’s “Smart Start” program is a carefully designed, child-centered schedule and series of activities intended to successfully transition and warmly welcome your child to Kindergarten.

During registration (online or in-person): Parents/Guardians will sign up your child(dren) for Kindergarten Camp Day.
      Group 1 meets on Tuesday, September 6th
      Group 2 meets on Wednesday, September 7th

Meeting your child’s teacher: A time will be scheduled for you to meet 1-1 on either Thursday, September 8th or Friday, September 9th. This will give you the opportunity to talk more about your child’s individual needs and learning styles.

Monday, September 12th – Thursday, September 15th: All students attend on a staggered start.

Friday, September 16th: All students attend all day with their class.

For more information, please read the brochure information below.

SmartStart parent brochure explaining the details of the program
SmartStart parent brochure explaining the details of the program
SmartStart parent brochure in Spanish explaining the program
SmartStart parent brochure

Kindergartners will enjoy:

  • Learning from caring, effective teachers
  • Academic and social-emotional development
  • Safe and welcoming learning environments
  • PE & Music instruction
  • School counseling in every school
  • Proven curriculum and integrated technology
  • Connections with community partner organizations

Kindergartners will learn to:

  • Recognize all upper and lower case letters
  • Use sounds and letters to read and spell words
  • Ask and answer questions about key details in a text
  • Think mathematically to solve problems with numbers and objects
  • Compare and order objects by attributes
  • Express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly while speaking
  • Write brief stories that use drawings to support meaning
  • Listen to, understand, and follow school expectations
  • Socialize and enjoy learning with peers

Early Entry

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:

  • Readiness skills
  • Cognitive Ability (intelligence)
  • Social/emotional and/or physical development
For students who will be five between September 2 and November 1, parents must notify the district of their intent to seek early enrollment before July 1.  Click here for the specific requirements involved in an application for early entry.


Please contact us!

Director of Teaching and Learning for Elementary

Jill Robinson-Wolgamott
Email: jill.rw@bethel.k12.or.us
541-689-3280 Ext. 2013