• Kindergarten Roundup is May 1 - 2, 2017


  • Kindergarten is an exciting first step in your child’s formal education. The district welcomes new parents and strives to make the enrollment process as simple as possible.
    To enroll in kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1. There are no exceptions. 
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Kindergarten Eligibility

  • How old does a child have to be to enter kindergarten?

    A child who is five (5) years of age on or before September 1 may enter a public school kindergarten.  There are no exceptions or appeal process.  (School Board Policy 1021.2-Under Age and A.S.14.03.080 (d)).

    Can my child enroll in kindergarten if their birthday is after September 1?

    No, the school district follows state laws and has chosen not to allow children born after September 1 to enter kindergarten.

    Can my child enroll in kindergarten if they were enrolled in another school?

    If a child was legally enrolled in the public school of another district or state immediately preceding the move to the Fairbanks School District, the child shall be admitted to the Fairbanks school (A.S.14.03.080 (e)).

First Grade Eligibility

  • How old does a child have to be to enter first grade?

     A child who is six (6) years of age on or before September 1 may be admitted to first grade.  There are no exceptions or appeal process.  (School Board Policy 1021.2 – Under Age and A.S.14.02.080(d)).

    Can my child skip first grade and go immediately to second grade?

    Acceleration can only be considered if a student meets the age requirements for entering kindergarten and first grade.  A student who meets the age requirements would follow the protocol listed in School Board Policy 983.2 &1022

Kindergarten Schedules

  • Fall 2017 Schedule

    The First Day of school for all kindergarten programs is Monday, August 21.
    Schools may schedule additional activities for kindergarten students prior to August 21. These activities may include individual or group meetings with the teacher, parents and student.

    Full Day Kindergarten

    Kindergarten is available during regular school hours at the following schools:

    • Hunter Elementary
    • Ladd Elementary
    • Joy Elementary
    • Midnight Sun Elementary
    • North Pole Elementary
    • Ticasuk Brown Elementary

    School Year "Flex" Schedule 

    Throughout the remainder of the school year, most kindergartners do not attend school the entire day.
    Each kindergarten class is split into two groups — a morning and afternoon group. The morning group arrives at school early and goes home approximately half way through the day, while the afternoon group arrives later and leaves at the end of the school day. The two groups spend about 2.5 hours in the middle of the day together.
    This system allows for smaller groups of children in the kindergarten classroom at the beginning and end of the day.
    Because of this "flex" schedule, kindergarten students will only be able to ride the bus either to or from school, but not both.
    If the child is in the eligible bus zone:
    • Kindergarten students are provided one-way bus transportation only.
    • Bus transportation is provided for students living over 1.5 miles from school.
    • Children in the morning kindergarten group can ride the bus to school in the morning, but not home.
    • Children in the afternoon kindergarten group can ride the bus home but must have an alternative way of getting to school.

Enrollment Checklist

  • Bring these important documents to ensure a speedy enrollment:
    • Birth Certificate
      A birth certificate is required for students entering kindergarten.
    • Proof of Immunization
    • Proof of Residency
      Utility bills such as phone, water or electric
    View additional information on the State of Alaska immunization requirements.

Find Your School

  • Kindergarten students register at their neighborhood school. Enter your home address in the district's online tool if you need to identify your neighborhood school.
    Parents may request a school out of their boundary area (also known as attendance area). Learn more about out-of-attendance area enrollment.