Where You Grow Matters – HCPS Launches Kindergarten Registration for the Class of 2037

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 31, 2024) – Feb. 1 will be an exciting day for the future Class of 2037 and their families. On Thursday, Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS) will open online kindergarten registration for the 2024-2025 school year.

As the user-friendly online enrollment form goes live and begins accepting registrations on Feb. 1, the registration link will be shared publicly across various channels, including the HCPS website, social media platforms, and online marketing.

Enrollment is open to children turning 5 years old on or before August 31, 2024. Students should be registered in their home school district, even if a parent or guardian plans to make a request for transfer or reassignment to another elementary school. Families can call the HCPS Transportation Department at 828-697-4739 for assistance determining their home school district.

When using the online enrollment form, guardians have the ability to upload required documentation including proof of residency and birth certificates, indicate plans for bus transportation, notify the district of a child’s medical needs or Individual Education Plan (IEP), and more. These details about the incoming Class of 2037 give HCPS administrators more accurate numbers for logistical planning for the upcoming school year.

A kindergartener giving the dana wildcat mascot a high five. Families are encouraged to use the online enrollment tool as early as possible, since earlier kindergarten registrations in February and March also allow schools to communicate important district messages leading up to the start of school. This year, those messages will include invitations for families to attend their school’s kindergarten readiness rallies planned for March. At these school-based rallies, families will meet teachers and administrators, ask questions, and learn about kindergarten readiness skills they can practice with their children at home.

Q&A Sessions: In addition to the highly anticipated launch of online kindergarten registration on February 1st, parents will have two invaluable opportunities to enhance their understanding and readiness for the kindergarten journey through dedicated Q&A sessions. These informative sessions, featuring elementary school principals, kindergarten teachers, school counselors, and more, are designed to address questions related to the registration process and kindergarten readiness. The first session is scheduled at the Etowah Library on February 19th at 5:30 p.m., followed by another session at the Main Hendersonville Library on February 27th at 5:30 p.m. These interactive sessions serve as a valuable resource for parents seeking to prepare their young learners for a successful start to kindergarten.

Inscripciones para Kínder en Español: On Saturday, March 2nd, the school district’s ESL Family Center and community partners will offer in-person support for families needing assistance with the online registration process in Spanish. The event, titled “Inscripciones para Kinder en Español,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Stull Hall at Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 6th Ave W Hendersonville, NC 2879. Families can also reach out to ESL Family Liaison Evelyn Angeles-Alarcon at 828-388-2632 for questions regarding kindergarten registration.

Stay tuned for additional information from HCPS and early childhood education partner, Smart Start Partnership for Children, about the upcoming school-based kindergarten readiness rallies.