Kindergarten registration for children entering Defiance City Schools next fall will begin March 1 and run through April 9. To register your child for kindergarten, parents can call the school office at 419-785-2260 and select the K-2 building. Parents will select a screening date and time during their registration call.

Children are eligible for kindergarten if they will be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 30. The actual screening of incoming students will take place during the week of April 12-15. Defiance City Schools will offer an evening screening opportunity for working parents. The evening appointments will be April 13.

All other screenings will take place during the school day between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Children will be screened for hearing, vision, speech and language concerns. Children also will be given an academic assessment, as well as a play-based assessment.

Defiance City Schools offers two kindergarten-aged programs, an early-five program (KinderStart) and regular kindergarten. Both are all-day, every-day programs. After each child’s screening, a team of academic professionals will meet and gather their findings. A recommendation will be made to parents regarding placement for their child.

Important papers for parents to begin collecting for the screening appointment include: a valid birth certificate, immunization records, a Social Security number, proof of residency and any applicable custody papers. All of this information must be collected before your child can begin kindergarten in the fall.

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