Kindergarten at IUSD

Paper and pencil

In the Irvine Unified School District, we believe the goal of kindergarten is to promote a joy of

learning in a positive and nurturing environment, which creates critical thinkers, effective oral

communicators, and life-long learners. In partnership with parents, we will provide intentional

opportunities that meet the emotional, social, physical and academic needs of all learners.


Events for Kindergarten Parents

Kindergarten Round-up
An orientation will be conducted at each elementary school on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Please contact your assigned neighborhood elementary school for further information.

Welcome to Kindergarten

The City of Irvine and IUSD presents an information night for parents interested in learning more about the 2017-2018 IUSD Kindergarten Program and enrollment process. Welcome to Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the City of Irvine Civic Center (Council Chamber).

Welcome to Kindergarten Parent Night Presentation 2/09/2017

How to Enroll in Kindergarten

Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year begins online by clicking here. Materials you will need include a birth certificate, immunization records, identification and proof of residency. (Proof of residency is established upon submission of a gas or electric utility bill displaying your name and address. In lieu of a utility bill, we will accept a letter of intent to hook-up from the gas or electric company, with the understanding that a utility bill will be provided to the school within 45 days. The district DOES NOT accept escrow papers or lease agreements. For more information regarding Proof of residency please visit Required Documents).

  • To enroll in Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year, a child must be five on or before September 1st, 2016.

(Children turning five between September 2, 2016 and December 2, 2016 are eligible to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten. For more information please see Transitional Kindergarten Program.)


Kindergarten Instructional Day

Kindergarten children attend school for 200 minutes per day. One-half of the time is devoted to literacy and math skills in a reduced class size of approximately 15-17 students. Bell Schedules (school day start and end times) are determined by each school, vary from morning to afternoon and are available to view on each school's website.


Kindergarten Student Expectations

The Irvine Unified School District Kindergarten program provides experiences and instruction for each child according to his/her developmental needs, abilities, and strengths. By the end of the school year, our expectation is that most Kindergarten children will be able to:

Social/Emotional Development 

  • attend to task
  • demonstrate self control
  • follow directions in small and large groups
  • make appropriate choices
  • participate appropriately in classroom activities
  • work independently
  • accept responsibility
  • work and play cooperatively with others

Physical Development 
Gross Motor Skills

  • balance on each foot and on beam
  • skip, hop, jump
  • throw, catch, bounce a ball
  • demonstrate age; appropriate flexibility, endurance, and strength

Fine Motor Skills

  • handle objects with skill
  • color within a defined area
  • trace and copy
  • use scissors correctly and accurately
  • use correct pencil grip
  • write name with lower case letters on a line

Language Development 

  • attend to the speaker
  • repeat a sentence of 10-12 syllables
  • remember and follow a three-step direction
  • recall the sequence of events in a story
  • match beginning sounds


  • express needs, ideas, and experiences
  • use complete sentences to express thoughts
  • use age-appropriate vocabulary
  • tell a story in sequence


  • use appropriate eye contact
  • use appropriate volume
  • initiate/participate in conversation
  • take turns speaking

Concept Development 

  • identify body parts
  • identify colors
  • identify basic shapes
  • discriminate symbols
  • identify and expand a pattern
  • identify spatial relationships
  • identify numerals 0-10
  • match shapes, letters, and numerals
  • recall details from memory
  • recall three items in sequence
  • reproduce a design from memory
  • compare and contrast objects
  • classify and categorize objects
  • count objects 1-12
  • associate sets of objects with numerals 1-10
  • demonstrate age-appropriate knowledge of time
  • recognize sound-symbol relationship