Kindergarten Enrollment in Battle Ground Schools

April 19, 2022

It’s time to enroll the Class of 2035! Online enrollment is open for kindergartners who will attend Battle Ground Public Schools next year. Any child who will be five years old by Aug. 31, 2022 is eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall. Students who enroll in kindergarten benefit from the advantages of a developmentally appropriate program. 

Parents will need proof of their child’s birth date (such as a birth certificate) and a signed and completed Washington state Certificate of Immunization Status form. Please note that the State of Washington requires that immunization records be medically verified.

Enrolling your child prior to these events is a key step to being prepared for the school year, and helps the district plan for the number of teachers it will need to serve our youngest students.

Kindergarten Orientation Schedules

Please enroll your 2022-23 kindergartner online now so that you can attend a kindergarten welcome orientation at your school. Orientation dates are below. After enrollment is complete, your child’s school will contact you.

  • Captain Strong Primary  – Tuesday May 24, (last names A-M) 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., (last names N-Z) 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • Maple Grove Primary – Wednesday May 25, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tukes Valley Primary – Wednesday May 25, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Glenwood Heights Primary – Thursday May 26, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Pleasant Valley Primary – Thursday May 26, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Yacolt Primary – Thursday May 26, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Daybreak Primary – Thursday May 26,   (last names A-L) 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., (last names M-Z) 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

JumpStart

JumpStart is a four-day program in August that helps kindergarten students get acclimated to school. JumpStart space is limited and determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. Families must complete kindergarten enrollment to be eligible for JumpStart participation.

2022-23 School Calendar and Smart Start

School will begin next year on Wednesday, Aug. 31; however, kindergartners have a staggered Smart Start that allows small groups of students to get acclimated to the school environment on the first days of school. Parents will receive a letter before the start of school about their child’s start date. The 2022-23 school calendar is on the district website. 

Before and After-School Care

The district has partnered with Right At School to provide before and after school care at its primary schools, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day school is in session.

Preschool Options

Battle Ground Public Schools will offer Transitional Kindergarten for 4-year-olds starting in the 2022-23 school year. The Pre-K program is funded through state apportionment and will be available at no cost to children who will be four years old by Aug. 31 and meet the eligibility requirements. More information about the program is available through OSPI. The district is exploring offering the program on the Daybreak Primary, Glenwood Heights, Tukes Valley Primary and Yacolt campuses. More information about the eligibility requirements and how to apply will be provided in the next few months. Fill out an Interest Request Form here to get on our waiting list.

Battle Ground Public Schools also offers preschool options for early learners. Prairie High School, Battle Ground High School, and the BGPS Community Education Department offer tuition-based preschool programs for ages 3-5. Two and three-day programs called Tigerland are located on the campus of Captain Strong Primary, and a three-day program is offered at Prairie High School. A three-day program also will be offered at Battle Ground High School beginning in the fall. The preschools are designed to prepare early learners for their kindergarten experience. To register for Tigerland, contact Community Education at (360) 885-6584 or by emailing commed@battlegroundps.org. To register for Prairie Preschool or Battle Ground Preschool, call (360) 885-5004. 

Battle Ground Public Schools offers early intervention programs and services for children ages 3-5 who are identified for special education services. If you have a child who you think might have a disability that requires special education services, please call the district’s Special Services office at (360) 885-5318 for screening and program information.

What do I need to enroll my kindergartener?


Required Documentation for online enrollment: During the enrollment process, you MUST upload the required documentation. Students cannot enroll without the required documentation. Required documents include:

  1. Birth Certificate (kindergarten students and first graders who have not yet attended school.)
  2. Completed & Signed Washington State Certificate of Immunization Status Form. Read more about immunization records here. All immunization records must be medically verified.

Online Enrollment

Please note: Enrollment must be completed for students to be eligible to participate in JumpStart and Kindergarten orientation.

Which school will my Kindergartener attend?

Find out which school your child will attend by visiting our boundary maps page or look up your address in the Clark County Property Information Center to determine your assigned school. You may also contact the Battle Ground Public Schools Transportation/Boundary Office at (360) 885-6577 or email boundaries@battlegroundps.org.

A Day in Kindergarten

After arriving at school, kindergarten students will be greeted by a classroom teacher and other staff members. Throughout the day, kindergartners will learn a variety of subjects from their kindergarten teachers. Core learning subjects include reading and writing, math, science, and social studies. Battle Ground Public Schools also focuses on social-emotional learning, meaning students learn about feelings, how to problem solve and cope with emotions. Students will also enjoy learning time with our specialists. These subjects include art, music, P.E. and health classes, and library time.

Kindergartners will also spend 30-60 minute each day in structured indoor play time. Kindergartners will spend this time playing with LEGOs, dolls, and blocks while learning valuable socialization skills. Kindergartners also have daily outdoor recess, providing an opportunity for free play time with friends. Kindergarten students will also be eating meals at school. Whether bringing a sack lunch from home or utilizing the schools’ meal program, kindergartners will be eating with their peers in the school cafeteria or in their classrooms.

Riding the Bus

Bus routes

If your child will be riding the bus to and from school, please take note of the following information.

In the afternoon when the bus is dropping students off at home after school, a parent must be present to receive the student. If a parent is not available to be at the stop, they will need to submit a permission slip to allow the student to be released to someone else. If a parent or designated person is not present at the stop, the student will be transported back to their school.

It is also important to talk with your child about bus safety before starting kindergarten this fall.

Students on the bus are expected to:

  • Be respectful to everyone
  • Sit facing forward
  • Keep hands and body out of the aisle
  • No eating on the bus, food and drink stay in backpacks or lunch boxes
  • Use inside voices when the bus is moving, and use zero voices at Railroad Crossings

As they are waiting to board the bus, students need to stand at least 12 feet away from the side of the roadway. As the bus approaches, students must wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and look for the bus driver to give a thumbs up, which is the signal that means it’s safe to cross.

As students board the bus, it’s important they go to their assigned seat and sit on the bus seat always facing forward and keeping hands to themselves.

Students of all ages always need to watch and listen to the bus driver.

Lunches and snacks

Battle Ground Public Schools offers healthy lunch and breakfast options to students, staff and parents every school day. Students can choose from a variety of entrees, fruits, vegetables, and beverages that meet federal guidelines.

A la carte and other food items sold on campus, and snacks and food brought by parents to serve to students during school hours, must meet Smart Snacks requirements. Please review the list of food items that meet Smart Snacks requirements if you plan to bring food items into a classroom during school hours.

The Sodexo website for Battle Ground primary schools provides menus and nutritional information.

For more information about meals, prices, and meal account information, please visit Nutrition Services.

Medical information and Immunizations

Visit Immunization Information for the most up-to-date information regarding immunization requirements and forms.

Visit the Medications page for information about medicatoins in schools.

What about allergies?

You can find information about severe allergies and other potentially life threatening health conditions, including links to forms.

Who to contact if you have a question about:

Classwork: Contact your child’s teacher. Teacher contact information can be found on school websites by clicking on the navigation link titled “FACULTY/STAFF”. A list of all school websites is available below this section.

Absence or attendance issues:  Contact the office at your child’s school.  School office email addresses and phone numbers can be found on the home page of each school’s website. Links to each primary school are listed below.

Medical issue or illness: Contact your school nurse.

Classroom behavior concerns: Each primary school has a school counselor to help address behavioral issues. School principals and assistant principals are also a resource for behavior concerns and discipline issues.

Links to school websites

On our school websites, you can find the contact information for your school office, school counselors, and principals and assistant principals, as well as office hours, bell schedules, and more. Find your child’s school website from the list below.

Captain Strong Primary: csp.battlegroundps.org

Daybreak Primary: dbs.battlegroundps.org

Glenwood Heights Primary: gwh.battlegroundps.org

Maple Grove Primary: mg.battlegroundps.org

Pleasant Valley Primary: pvp.battlegroundps.org

Tukes Valley Primary: tvp.battlegroundps.org

Yacolt Primary: yps.battlegroundps.org

Early Entrance

To be tested, students must turn 5 on or before September 30: No exceptions.

In addition, children must reside within the Battle Ground School District boundaries and be eligible to participate based upon assessment results.

Enrollment is determined by space availability at the primary school. Preschool is recommended but not required.

If you have more questions or are interested in having your child tested for early entrance, please contact the Aspire department at (360) 885-5455 or (360) 885-5426 or email aspire@battlegroundps.org.