Kindergarten enrollment in Battle Ground schools

It’s time to enroll next year’s kindergartners! Online enrollment is available. Any child who will be five by Aug. 31 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 or certificate of exemption 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 coming this May
Please enroll your child online now so that you can be notified of kindergarten orientation at your school.

Jump Start
Jump Start is a four-day program Aug. 12-15, 2024 that helps kindergarten students get acclimated to school. Jump Start space is limited and determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. Families must be enrolled to be eligible for Jump Start. Please contact your school office for registration.

Smart start
Kindergartners have a smart start, which kicks off the school year by allowing small groups of students to get acclimated to the school environment on the first days of school.

  • Aug. 27, 2024: Family connection conferences, no student attendance.
  • Aug. 28-29, 2024: Students attend from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Family connection conferences are held in the late afternoon. Parents will receive a letter before the start of school about their child’s specific start time.
  • Sept. 3, 2024: First full day of kindergarten

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 p.m. every day school is in session.

More options

Transitional Kindergarten
This program is available at no cost to children who will be 4 years old by Aug. 31 and meet the eligibility requirements. The district offers the program at Captain Strong Primary, Daybreak Primary, Glenwood Heights Primary, Maple Grove Primary, Pleasant Valley Primary, Tukes Valley Primary and Yacolt Primary schools. Learn more about Transitional Kindergarten.

Online learning at Battle Ground Virtual Academy
Battle Ground Virtual Academy offers a free online learning option that uses a web-based curriculum with interactive activities and videos, hands-on activities and workbooks. All curriculum is provided to parents/guardians, and lessons are delivered online. Schedules are flexible, with 24/7 platform access throughout the school year. Students engage in 30 hours of learning activities per week. The student experience includes one weekly classroom experience delivered virtually or in person. A parent or guardian will help their child with lessons and other online activities, monitor progress, communicate with a teacher and attend weekly advising sessions. Learn more by calling 360-334-8261 or complete the interest form located online.

River HomeLink
River HomeLink offers a variety of learning options, from home-based instruction to on-campus classes.

  • The in-person option offers two half-day in-person kindergarten classes and three days of instruction at home. All curriculum materials are provided. Families meet with staff once per month for advising, planning and consultation. Volunteering is required two days per month.
  • In the PrimeLink option, families receive weekly advising to assist in the planning, implementing and reporting of their child’s educational journey. If needed, staff will provide an approved curriculum appropriate for each child’s learning level. Students can attend on-campus elective classes throughout the school year.
  • The home-based instruction option includes an initial meeting with an adviser. Curriculum and ongoing advising are not provided. Parents provide all of the curriculum for at-home learning, after selecting from the district’s approved curriculum list. Students have the option of taking electives. Students can attend on-campus elective classes throughout the school year.

Learn more about River HomeLink’s options and apply online.

Preschools
Battle Ground Public Schools also offers preschool options for early learners ages 3-5. The preschools are designed to prepare early learners for their kindergarten experience.

  • The Tigerland Preschool is located on the campus of Captain Strong Primary, Monday through Friday throughout the school year. To register for Tigerland call 360-885-6584 or email commed@battlegroundps.org.
  • Three-day programs are offered at Prairie and Battle Ground high schools. These inclusive preschools serve children in a setting with high school students. To register, 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 might require 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. Required documents include:

    1. Birth certificate (kindergarten students and first graders who have not yet attended school.)
    2. Completed and signed Washington state certificate of immunization status form or certificate of exemption form.

Read more about immunization records. All immunization records must be medically verified.

Please note: Enrollment must be completed for students to be eligible to participate in Jump Start and kindergarten orientation.

How do I enroll my child?


If you are new to the district and do not have an account: New student enrollment and Skyward account request

If you already have an account: Student enrollment for current BGPS families with a Skyward account 

If your child is already a Transitional Kindergarten student or preschooler in the district and you already have a Skyward account, you do not need to complete an application for your child to attend kindergarten. Instead please contact the school that your child will attend. It is also necessary to contact the school for Jump Start registration.

Which school will my kindergartner 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.

Related

All early learning options, from preschool to kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten

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. Subjects include reading and writing, math, science and social studies. Battle Ground Public Schools also focuses on social and 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 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 eating a school meal, kindergartners will be eating with their peers in the school cafeteria or in their classrooms.

Riding the bus

See bus routes

When the bus is dropping students off at home, a parent or guardian must be present to meet the student. If a parent or guardian is not available, 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 drinks 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.

Get more information about meals, prices and meal account information.

Medical information and immunizations

Visit our immunization information webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding immunization requirements and forms.

Visit the medications page for information about medications in schools.

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.

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 child’s 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

Kindergarten Early Entrance Application

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

In addition, children must reside within Battle Ground Public Schools’ 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.

Please fill out this early entrance application.

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.