Welcome to Bethel School District, Kindergartners!

Bethel School District welcomes all 2023-2024 incoming kindergarten students and their families!

The Bethel School District is thrilled to welcome kindergarten students for the 2023-24 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.

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 Kindergarten “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. Parents/Guardians will sign up their child up for Kindergarten Camp Day when the register for kindergarten. At this time, parents can also schedule a time to meet their child’s teacher. 

Kindergarten Smart Start Schedules will soon be finalized – stay tuned!

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