Welcome to the Saratoga Union School District Kindergarten Program!
To determine if your child is age eligible for Kindergarten in SUSD, or how to enroll,
please visit the registration and enrollment page.
Important Notice for Prospective 2018-2019 Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten families:
Teachers, administration, and the Board of Trustees are currently evaluating the possibility of implementing full-day Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. A final decision is expected in late spring. If you are a district resident considering enrollment for Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten, please register your student during the appropriate registration time period. The district will notify all registered Kindergarten families of the decision in late spring.
A Kindergarten Parent Focus Group meeting was held on April 3, 2018. Please view the meeting presentation for more information.
Kindergarten Schedule, SLCT Days, and Minimum Days
The Kindergarten program runs on a modified half/full day schedule. Kinders attend school from 8:30-noon except on their Extended Days (8:30-2:10, see next paragraph). Additionally, Kinders are dismissed at noon on specific days such as Wednesdays and Minimum Days. Wednesdays are designated Staff Learning and Collaboration Days (SLCT days). Staff use SLCT days for staff learning and development. The calendar listing the SLCT/Minimum Days can be viewed at www.saratogausd.org/calendar.
During the first 6 weeks of the school year, Kinders are dismissed at noon every day. Starting the 7th week of school, Kinders will begin "Extended Days" where they will stay in school until 2:10 p.m. two days per week. Extended Days allow the teacher to work with small groups for focused instruction with just half the class two afternoons per week.
Students are divided into two groups, either attending Monday-Tuesday Extended Days (Group A) or Thursday-Friday Extended Days (Group B). All Kinders are dismissed at noon on Wednesdays.
During the first 6 weeks of school, the teachers will get to know the students' personalities, strengths, interpersonal skills, and areas of development. Based on those factors, students are assigned into the two Extended Day groups. In cases of extenuating circumstances, parents may request the Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday group. Teachers will do their best to accomodate but cannot guarantee a specific Extended Day schedule. Parents are encouraged to discuss concerns or needs with their teacher once the school year is underway.
Kinders may purchase hot lunch or bring their own lunch on their extended day or days where he/she is attending Clubhouse (afterschool care). Students eat lunch in the cafeteria along with the upper-grade students, but at their own Kindergarten table. Lunch recess is at their own dedicated Kindergarten playground.
Frequently Asked Questions about Kindergarten are answered in the FAQ at the right side of this page. To determine if your child is eligible to enroll in Kindergarten please visit the Enrollment pages.
How to Enroll in Kindergarten
Enrollment for Kindergarten takes place at the District Office. If you are starting in mid year or wish to enroll for the next year, please visit the Enrollment pages.
On the Enrollment pages, you will learn:
- Is my child old enough to attend Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten
- Is my residence in Saratoga Union School District?
- How are elementary school assigned?
- When can I attend a Kindergarten classroom tour?
- and more