The following information was compiled by the Kindergarten Teachers of SUSD.
The kindergarten teachers in the district encourage you to schedule a Kindergarten Interview appointment for your incoming student when you register at the district office for the upcoming school year. Below you will find a list of our most common questions regarding Kindergarten Interviews.
What happens at the interview?
On the day of your interview, you will arrive at Argoanut Elementary School (CLICK HERE for address & directions) with your child and smile! Check in with our volunteers outside the kindergarten classrooms (follow the signs directing you) and you will be asked to complete some paperwork about your child. One of the district's kindergarten teachers will introduce herself to you and your child and escort your child to another room to play games while you do your "homework." Your child will be with the teacher for about 30 minutes. During this time, the kindergarten teacher will play games and ask fun questions in order to learn about your child's "Kindergarten Readiness." Readiness skills include:
- paying attention
- following directions
- fine motor skills
- gross motor skills and
- literacy awareness
At the end of the interview, the teacher will happily bring your child back to you. (For more information about Kindergarten Readiness, CLICK HERE.)
Interviews are approximately 30 minutes. Some students may take more or less time but it is important each interview is completed. We try to keep to the scheduled appointment times, but if we are running a little behind when you arrive for your appointment, please be patient.
Do I need to prepare my child in any way?
You do NOT need to prepare your child in any way other than telling them that they are going to meet with a teacher and play some games.
Why does the Saratoga Union School District have Kindergarten Interviews?
The 30 minutes with your child gives us an idea of who your child is and what learning environment is best for him/her. This is our only opportunity before school starts to meet your child and learn about them. When we know your child's strengths and areas that need development, it helps us balance our classes and provide the best educational placement for your child's success.
Do I get to find out which school my child will be going to at the interviews?
No. You will receive an email in early August with your child's designated school. Classroom assignments will be posted at the school sites several days before school starts. Proof of any outstanding immunizations needs to be brought into the District Office before we can release school assignment information.
When are the interviews and how do I sign up?
Kindergarten Interviews will be held on April 30 and May 7 in the afternoon at Argonaut Elementary School. When you register your student, you will sign up for an interview time. Your student must be registered in order to participate in the Kindergarten Interviews.
What is the Kindergarten Tea?
The Kindergarten Tea is an informative meeting for parents/guardians of new incoming Kindergarten students. The meetings provides an opportunity to learn about the SUSD Kindergarten program, meet the teachers, answer questions, and also to meet other incoming Kinder parents. This meeting is for adults only so please make arrangements for childcare.The Kindergarten Tea will be held April 24, 16 at Foothill Elementary School. Additional information is posted HERE.