Kindergarten Enrollment 

The enrollment date for incoming kindergartners typically falls in March preceding the school year for which one is enrolling. For admittance into kindergarten, students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1 in the year of enrollment. For admittance into transitional kindergarten, students must turn 5 years of age between September 2 and December 2 in the year of enrollment.

Click on the Kinder Ad link to the right to view the most current information on school site enrollment. This link is updated every January before enrollment begins.

To register children for kindergarten, parents/guardians should bring:

  • Proof of child’s date of birth (certified copy of Birth Certificate, Notarized Affidavit of Birth, Baptismal Certificate, Physician’s Certificate/Hospital Certificate, County Recorder’s Certificate, Passport, or Family Bible. Ed Code 48002).
  • Child’s current Immunization record including: four (4) Polio (three (3) is acceptable if the last dose was given on or after the fourth birthday), five (5) DTP (four (4) is acceptable if the last dose was given on or after the fourth birthday), two (2) MMR, three (3) Hepatitis B, and Varicella (chicken pox) or proof that child has had chicken pox confirmed by a health care provider.
  • Verification of residence (utility bill, receipts from rent or property tax payments).
  • Proof of child’s health screening (physical exam) within the last 12 months.
  • Proof of dental exam within the last 12 months.

Preparing for Kindergarten

Children should be physically, socially and emotionally prepared for school. The District’s Kinder FUNdamentals presents academic expectations to parents and provides activities and materials for parents of incoming kindergarteners to support students at home before starting Kindergarten. Be sure to ask about Kinder FUNdamentals when registering at your school site to learn more about Modesto City Schools and kindergarten expectations.

Here are some areas to focus on with your child before they begin Kindergarten:

  • Physical Aspects – Children should be able to use fine and gross motor skills, including using scissors, writing, and coloring while holding the pencil or crayon correctly. Common gross motor skills include running, jumping, climbing and bouncing a ball. 
  • Personal Needs – Children should be able to use the bathroom and wash their hands on their own. They should be able to put on their clothes, shoes and jackets by themselves. 
  • Social and Emotional Needs – Children should be able to share, follow simple instructions, take turns and follow routines. They should be able to listen to a story in a group setting.
  • Vocabulary – Children should be able to retell a simple story and recount significant events. Parents should ask the child questions about the story. Engaging in daily conversations can help build vocabulary.
  • Letter Knowledge – Children should be able to recognize the letters in their name.
  • Rhyming – Children should be able to identify rhyming words.
  • Print Awareness – Children should know how to handle books and how to follow words on a page.

Modesto City Schools offers many preschool-age and child care services. For more information, visit Child Development Programs or call (209) 574-1651.

Dual Language Academy

The Dual Language Academy (DLA) is committed to developing bilingual, biliterate, multicultural students. It uses a 50-50 model, in which instruction at each grade level is 50% in English and 50% in Spanish. To learn more about enrolling your incoming kindergartener in the program, please visit the Dual Language Academy or call (209) 574-1590.