Kindergarten enrollment to kick off early this year

Kindergarten enrollment to kick off early this year

Michele Ellson

Alameda Unified is kicking off its annual “kindergarten roundup” enrollment process early this year. It all begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, when the district’s nine traditional elementary schools hold their hour-long kindergarten information night.

An information night for the district’s Maya Lin magnet school will take place on December 5. Enrollment in the school is open to elementary school students across Alameda.

While at kindergarten information night, families can ask questions and will be given information about how to enroll their children. Kindergarten tours will be available at the schools after the information night, to be held between December 3-14.

Enrollment forms will be available online.

The district is also holding a trio if kindergarten roundtable workshops to talk to families about the enrollment process and kindergarten readiness, transitional kindergarten, after school options and more. The hour-long roundtables will be held at Otis Elementary School on January 8, Lum Elementary School on January 16 and Ruby Bridges Elementary School on January 17, all starting at 6:30 p.m.

Enrollment will take place between January 22 and February 5, and appointments are required. Appointments can be made online or at the new district office, at 2060 Challenger Drive in Marina Village, or by calling 337-7086. Appointments will take place between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. each day during the enrollment period and are anticipated to take 15 minutes each.

Required paperwork will include a student’s birth certificate and immunization records; proof of residency, which can be a lease agreement, tax bill or utility bill; and kindergarten enrollment paperwork.

Zazo told the school board last week that schools officials will also conduct on-site enrollment at the Alameda Point Collaborative, to assist residents who may lack access to transportation to the district’s headquarters. She said an additional satellite office may be set up if it is needed.

If a school has more applications for kindergarten during the enrollment period than they do spaces, a random-drawing lottery may be held to determine priority for enrollment.

Incoming families who aren’t sure which school is their neighborhood school can find out by using this online utility. Enrollment information for kindergarten and other grades is available on the district’s website.

Anyone with questions about their neighborhood school can call the district at 337-7072. Enrollment questions can be asked by calling 337-7086.