Kindergarten Information

  • Welcome to the Orchard Park Central School District. We are always excited to welcome new students to the District! Please read through the information below regarding registering your child for Kindergarten.

     
    Registration for Kindergarten occurs in the late winter/early spring of the year of entry and is done by appointment only at the District Office, 2240 Southwestern Blvd.  To enter Kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before Dec. 1 2019. Registration needs to be complete by April 15th.  At the orientation which takes place in late April or early May of 2019, the child and parent/guardian meet the principal, school nurse and the administrative assistant, visit a Kindergarten room and sign up for Kindergarten screening.  Screening is done at a later date to assess the strengths and needs of each child.

    In addition, information on Kindergarten orientations for each school will be shared with local media including the Orchard Park BEE and the Orchard Park Pennysaver.

    For information on registering your child for Kindergarten for 2019-2020, please contact Amanda Alba, the Central Registrar, at 209-6325. Registration is done by appointment only. Please call 209-6325 Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to set up an appointment.  Please fill out the New Student Registration packet (attached below).

    If you missed the 2019-20 Kindergarten Orientation please contact your child's school building after completing the registration process.

    Orientation dates for registered students for the 2020-21 school year will be posted here when available:

    • Eggert Road Elementary Orientation Date:  TBD
    • Ellicott Elementary Orientation Dates:  TBD
    • South Davis Elementary Orientation Dates: TBD
    • Windom Elementary Orientation Dates:  TBD

    Before Age 5

    If you think your child is mature enough to benefit from Kindergarten before age 5, you can petition the school district for early entrance. Written statements attesting to your child’s physical and mental maturity are required from your family physician or pediatrician and a child psychologist, along with parent statement of support. If the petition is accepted, your four-year-old can begin school one year earlier in September (not during the term). If the petition is denied, you may appeal to the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum.

     **The Home Language Questionnaire below is included in your packet in English.  Should you require it in another language, please visit the New York State Education Department website by clicking here.

    Nonpublic School Special Education Services

    New York State Education Law 3602-c states that if a parent, guardian or legal custodian of a student with a disability wishes to have his or her child receive special education programs and services while enrolled in the nonpublic school, that parent or guardian or legal custodian must file a written request for special education services with the school district of residence on or before June 1 preceding the school year for which such services are requested.

    Here is the link to the Orchard Park School District Special Education website for contact information. http://www.opschools.org/departments.cfm?subpage=26 

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