Your child's year before kindergarten
Welcome to kindergarten at Hopkins Public Schools. If your child will be 5 years old by September 1, use the following steps as a guide your child's year before kindergarten.
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1. Schedule an early childhood screening
This is a simple check of how your child is growing and developing. Minnesota state law requires that your child complete screening before entering kindergarten. Your child can be screened starting at age 3. Early screening is encouraged. You will want to schedule this appointment soon, as appointments are limited and are offered September - May. Questions? Please call us at 952-988-5017.
Review the District's immunization information here.
3. Find your school
4. Fill out a District census form
You can request a form from the Hopkins Public School District Welcome & Enrollment Office at 952.988.4110. Registering with census assures that you will receive information about the kindergarten registration process.
5. Attend information meetings
Kindergarten Parent Information Meetings: Each elementary school will host a parent information session in October about kindergarten options and curriculum at Hopkins Public Schools. For dates and times, check your school's online calendar or call our Welcome & Enrollment Center at 952-988-4110.
Xing Xing Academy Chinese Immersion Parent Information Meetings and Immersion Fairs: Attend these meetings information about our Chinese immersion program. For dates and times, please call XinXing Academy at 952-988-4300, or check the online calendar at HopkinsSchools.org/xx
Kindergarten Roundup: You and your child are encouraged to attend this special event which typically takes place in February. You will receive important information and your child will have an opportunity to meet the teachers and see their classroom. For dates and times, check your school's online calendar or call our Enrollment Welcome Center at 952-988-4110.
Early Entrance to Kindergarten: Your child must be 5 years of age on September 1 to be admitted to kindergarten. There are occasional exceptions to this rule for a child whose birthday falls between September 2 and October 31. If you feel your child is kindergarten ready and want to consider early school entry, there is a mandatory information session each spring to learn more about the process. Please call Hopkins Early Childhood staff for information about Early Entrance: 952-988-5000.
6. Register your child for kindergarten
Hopkins Public Schools offers your family a variety of kindergarten options. Each option has a different application deadline. In-District transfers and Open Enrollment from another school district are two additional options your family may wish to consider. Call our Welcome & Enrollment Center for information: 952-988-4110.