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 13, 2014. Please contact your assigned neighborhood elementary school for further information.
Welcome to Kindergarten
The City of Irvine and IUSD presented an information night for parents interested in learning more about the 2014-2015 IUSD Kindergarten Program and enrollment process. Welcome to Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year was held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the City of Irvine Civic Center (Council Chamber). The presentation is available online at www.irvinechildcare.org.
How to Enroll in Kindergarten
Enrollment will begin Friday, March 7, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year; you can enroll through IUSD's online enrollment process, which can be started 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 2013-2014 school year, a child must be five on or before October 1st, 2013.
(Children turning five on or between October 2, 2013 and December 2, 2013 are eligible to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten. For more information please see Transitional Kindergarten Program.)
To enroll in Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year, a child must be five on or before September 1st, 2014.
(Children turning five on or between September 2, 2014 and December 2, 2014 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:
attend to task
demonstrate self control
follow directions in small and large groups
make appropriate choices
participate appropriately in classroom activities
work and play cooperatively with others
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