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Kindergarten registration begins in January

December 20, 2017

Thanks to the 2014 bond issue that provided additional classroom space, Forest Hills launched all-day kindergarten during the 2017-18 school year.  With approximately 350 students registering for all-day kindergarten, and 185 enrolled in the half-day option, the program is a hit with the community.  During the 2016-17 school year, 427 students were enrolled in the district’s half-day kindergarten program. 

“We have a diverse community and will continue to offer both half-day and all-day kindergarten programs for our families,” said Mike Broadwater, Forest Hills assistant superintendent. “Parents can decide which program to enroll a student in based on the individual needs of their child.”

To help parents make that choice, the district will host a Kindergarten Information Night on Jan. 4 from 6 p.m-7:30 p.m. at Nagel Middle School, 1500 Nagel Road.

The evening will feature overviews of kindergarten curriculum, developmental readiness, kindergarten readiness, attendance areas, daily schedules and the registration process. Principals and Central Office administrators will also be available to answer questions and help parents evaluate all-day and half-day kindergarten options.

Beginning Jan. 5, parents can complete the first step in the registration process by providing student information online at  Children must be five-years-old on or before August 1, 2018 to register for kindergarten. 

Once a parent completes the online portion of the registration process, they should attend a Kindergarten Round-Up event to provide required documents for registration: parent/guardian driver’s license, child’s current immunization records, child’s official birth certificate, custody papers (if applicable), and proof of residence (mortgage deed, rental/lease agreement).   A $75 deposit (check) is also required for all-day kindergarten registration.  This deposit will be applied toward the program tuition.

Round-Up events will be held March 8 from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and March 9 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents need to attend only one Round-Up event, held at student’s school of attendance. To find a child’s school of attendance, visit

It is preferred that Round-Up events are parent-only events to help expedite the registration process.

Parents who cannot make the March Round-Up events should complete the online registration and then call Debbie Conover, registrar, at 231-3600 to make an appointment to provide the required documentation.

Parents are encouraged to complete the registration process by March 16.

Tuition for the all-day program is $3,000 and will offset the additional operating costs and defer operating costs from taxpayers. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.  Those who need financial assistance should contact Mike Broadwater, assistant superintendent, at 231-3600 or

Per state law, the half-day kindergarten program will continue to be offered tuition-free and the state will provide partial funding for a half-day kindergarten program.

For more information on kindergarten registration, contact Debbie Conover, registrar, at or 231-3600.  For more information on the kindergarten program, visit or contact Anita Eshleman, associate director of elementary curriculum and instruction, at or 231-3600.