Kinder Program Information

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

A parent meeting will be hosted by each elementary school on Thursday, February 29, 2024. 

Please visit your assigned neighborhood elementary schools’ website for the time.

Prior to the event on February 29th we ask that all parents watch IUSD’s Welcome to Pre-K & Kindergarten Parent Information Presentation and review the electronic resources below. 

 PreK/Pre-K Parent Electronic Handouts


Enrollment for the current year is on-going. 
Enrollment for the 2024-25 school year will begin on March 1, 2024.

For more information regarding proof of residency, please visit Enrollment Documents.

To enroll in Kindergarten, a child must be five on or before September 1st.  (Children turning five between September 2nd and June 2nd are eligible to enroll in Pre-Kindergarten. For more information, please see Pre-Kindergarten.)

Before/after school care options:

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

  • 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