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Young Fives Q&A

Kindergarten Q&A

Calling all 2019-2020 Kindergartners and Young Fives!

  • Kindergarten 
    • Child Birth Date before September 1
    • Full-day Kindergarten offers students a rich curriculum with time to explore, create, socialize and learn. This program is held at each elementary school and transportation is provided for in-district students.
  • Young Fives
    • Child Birth Date between June 1 - December 1
    • Kindergarten offers students opportunities to grow and learn through a play-based curriculum. Young Fives is a full-day program housed at our elementary sites and transportation is provided for in-district students. 
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Download a Registration Packet

Y5 & K Registration Packet

Before your appointment, you will need to review and complete this packet, and gather the required documents for each child you wish to enroll. Visit the Enrollment Office homepage for more information.

How do I enroll my child?

Enrollment for students residing within district boundaries begins February 20, 2019. To ensure attendance at your home school Orientation, please enroll your child by April 11, 2019. Enrollment forms are available online at Click on “Enroll.” Completed enrollment forms and supporting documents must be presented at your scheduled appointment time. Please print and complete enrollment documents and schedule an appointment online to register your child for fall enrollment. Your appointment will take place at our Central Enrollment office located at the Clarkston Schools’ Administration Building, 6389 Clarkston Rd.

Can an out-of-district family apply for Clarkston Kindergarten & Young Fives?

The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education has unanimously approved the district’s plan to create open-enrollment (“school-of-choice”) Kindergarten and Young Fives opportunities for the 2019-2020 school year. Under this plan, students who reside outside of district boundaries are now eligible to enroll in Clarkston Community Schools for Kindergarten and Young Fives and continue with the district throughout their academic career.  Applications accepted Wednesday, July 10 through Thursday, August 8.  Apply! 

How does the In-District School of Choice process work?

Parents who reside within district boundaries may request that their child attend a Clarkston school outside of their home-school attendance area. Parents must complete an “In-District School of Choice Request” and submit it to the Central Enrollment Office. Parents will be notified by August 15 regarding the status of their request. Approvals for School of Choice are based on class size, and transportation is not provided for “In-District School of Choice” students. 

Non-resident (school-of-choice) Kindergarten and Young Fives students are placed in one of our elementary schools by the district. 

How do I book an enrollment appointment online?

Who should attend our Young Fives Program?

If a child turns five years old between June 1– December 1, 2019, he/she is eligible to attend our Young Fives Program. It is Clarkston’s practice that students turning five years old between September 1 and December 1 to attend our Young Fives program to develop:

  • Confidence
  • Social skills
  • Oral language development
  • Motor skills
  • Attention span
  • Independence
  • School readiness

Our Young Fives Program is a full-day program with classes located at our elementary sites.

I am unsure about which option is best for my child. Who should I talk to?

Please contact the principal of the building your child will (or may) be attending. They will be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.

After I choose an option, can I change my mind prior to school starting?

Please contact your home school to discuss this placement decision.

Is transportation provided?

Clarkston residents attending Kindergarten or Young Fives at their home school will be provided district transportation. (District transportation is provided to children living more than one mile from their home school.)

Parents will be required to provide transportation for children attending Kindergarten or Young Fives outside of their home school attendance area.

What is Kindergarten and Young Fives Orientation?

Kindergarten and Young Fives Orientations are times for parents to bring their future Kindergarten or Young Fives student to their enrolled school. Parents are expected to attend Orientation with their child after their enrollment process is complete. At Orientation, students spend time with teachers listening to a story, drawing, playing, and getting to know other children. Parents receive information about the school and the Kindergarten or Young Fives day.

Kindergarten Orientation dates (approx. 2 hours during the school day):

Andersonville Elementary - April 26
Bailey Lake Elementary - April 29
Clarkston Elementary - April 30
Independence Elementary - April 23
North Sashabaw Elementary - May 9
Pine Knob Elementary - April 25
Springfield Plains Elementary - April 24

Young Fives Orientation dates (6-7pm):

Andersonville Elementary - May 16
Bailey Lake Elementary - May 13
Clarkston Elementary - May 13
Independence Elementary - May 14
North Sashabaw Elementary - May 16
Pine Knob Elementary - May 6
Springfield Plains Elementary - May 2

If I cannot attend Kindergarten or Young Fives Orientation at my child’s school, what should I do?

If Circumstances prevent your from attending your home school orientation, parents and children may attend Orientations at any of the elementary schools. The program is similar at each school. Please call the school to notify them of your attendance.

If my student is currently in Young Fives, do I have to re-enroll them for Kindergarten?

The enrollment process does not have to be done again if your student is currently in the Young Fives Program. Your student will be rolled up to Kindergarten in their home school. This is also true for Kindergarten students, they will be rolled up to First Grade.

Kindergarten & Young Fives At-A-Glance