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Kindergarten and PEEP Orientation Set for March 11

Kalamazoo Public Schools is excited to welcome the Class of 2033 to register for kindergarten on March 11.

Kindergarten and PEEP, the Pre-Kindergarten Early Education Program, will both hold registration that day from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. in all elementary schools.

Incoming kindergarteners, students who will be 5 by Sept. 1, can enroll. Parents also may request kindergarten enrollment waivers for children who will be 5 years old no later than Dec. 1.

Pre-kindergarten students who will be 4 by Dec. 1, can sign up for PEEP, the KPS Pre-Kindergarten Early Education Program. There are state eligibility requirements to qualify for PEEP. Parents should note that applications for PEEP will be taken at all schools, but the program runs in only 12 schools: Arcadia, Edison, Greenwood, Indian Prairie, Lincoln, Northeastern, Parkwood-Upjohn, Prairie Ridge, Spring Valley, Washington, Winchell, and Woodward.

During registration, children may tour buildings, meet teachers, visit classrooms, and learn about the programs that Kalamazoo Public Schools offers. Students who graduate from KPS are eligible for the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship, which covers college tuition and fees at most Michigan colleges and universities.

Parents should bring the incoming child’s birth certificate, immunization record, proof of hearing and vision screening, if available, and two proofs of residency (for example, a utility bill, lease agreement, or mortgage agreement).

Children who need immunizations can visit Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Immunization Clinic, 311 E. Alcott St. Children are seen on a walk-in basis. The immunization clinic is open 8 a.m.-3:30 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.), and 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday (closed from 1 to 2 p.m.). The third Tuesday of the month, the clinic is open from 1 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call KCHCS at (269) 373-5203.

PEEP is part of the state's Great Start Readiness initiative. It offers half-day or full-day pre-kindergarten classes with highly trained teachers and paraprofessionals in each class. Meals are provided. Transportation may be available.

School attendance areas can easily be checked online at www.kalamazoopublicschools. com/ExploreKPS/DistrictMapsandBoundaryGuide.aspx. Go to the district street guide located at the bottom of the page. Or call the communications office at (269) 337-1572 and staff can check the street guide for families.

For more information on kindergarten enrollment, please call Elementary Education at (269) 337-0190. For information on PEEP, call (269) 337-0095.

KPS Elementary Schools

Arcadia Elementary School 932 Boswell Lane (269) 337-0530

Edison Environmental Science Academy 924 Russell St. (269) 337-0550

El Sol Elementary School 604 W. Vine St. (269) 337-0230

Greenwood Elementary School 3501 Moreland Ave. (269) 337-0560

Indian Prairie Elementary School 3546 Grand Prairie Road (269) 337-0590

King-Westwood Elementary School 1100 Nichols Road (269) 337-0610

Lincoln International Studies School 912 N. Burdick St. (269) 337-0640

Milwood Elementary School 3400 Lovers Lane (269) 337-0660

Northeastern Elementary School 2433 Gertrude St. (269) 337-0690

Northglade Montessori Magnet School 1914 Cobb Ave. (269) 337-0700

Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary School 2321 S. Park St. (269) 337-0720

Prairie Ridge Elementary School 2294 S. Ninth St. (269) 337-0630

Spring Valley Center for Exploration 3530 Mt. Olivet Road (269) 337-0750

Washington Writers’ Academy 1919 Portage St. (269) 337-0770

Winchell Elementary School 2316 Winchell Ave. (269) 337-0780

Woods Lake: A Magnet Center for the Arts 3215 Oakland Drive (269) 337-0790

Woodward School for Technology and Research 606 Stuart Ave. (269) 337-0810

Cutline: Delaney Bennett and Jocelyn Ramirez made sun visors during kindergarten orientation at Greenwood Elementary in 2017.

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