How to Register for Kindergarten

  • Registration for the 2023-2024 school year will open starting on March 1, 2023. If your child will be 5 years old on or by September 1st, 2023, please register them for Kindergarten by June 1st. All registration is done online and can be accessed by clicking here.

    Please have the following ready to complete the registration process: birth certificate, immunization record, proof of residence (i.e. a utility bill), and names and telephone numbers of emergency contacts.

    If you do not know which school attendance area you live in, please use our School Locator map or call (503) 261-4550 for help.

Early Kindergarten Transition Program

  • July 24 - August 10, 2023 (Monday-Thursday) | 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM

    The Early Kindergarten Transition (EKT) Program is a free and engaging 3-week summer program focused on preparing incoming kindergarten students and their families for a successful first year of school. The program focuses on social skills, early literacy and math skills, as well as interactive play and exploration focused around the Oregon Early Learning Standards. Parent classes are also a key component of the program.

    Parents will attend a hands-on, engaging workshop two days/6 hours each week during the program to learn about how to support their child's success in kindergarten. They'll visit classrooms, meet teachers and other parents, learn valuable skills, and get books and other resources. Meals, transportation, and take-home books are provided. Dual Language Instruction EKT classes are also available at North Gresham and Highland Elementary Schools.

    Contact your home school for information and registration!
    Class size is limited. Children with limited preschool will be prioritized.

    East Gresham Elementary - 503-661-6050
    Hall Elementary - 503-661-6330
    Highland Elementary - 503-665-7158
    Hogan Cedars Elementary - 503-261-4500
    Hollydale Elementary - 503-661-6226
    North Gresham Elementary - 503-661-6415


  • A child must be 5 years of age on or before September 1st to enter kindergarten and 6 years of age on or before September 1st to enter first grade.

    If your child will not be 5 or 6 years old on or before September 1st, and you wish to pursue enrollment, please review the requirements in policy JEBA and JEBA-AR. Psychological testing is necessary to determine readiness of a student younger than the required age. The tests are to be scheduled and paid for by the parent.

    If you have any questions pertaining to this process, please contact Jade Joseph at 503-261-4575 or

Connect to Kindergarten

  • Connect to Kindergarten is an annual event that takes place during the spring before your student is expected to begin kindergarten. This event gives families the opportunity to tour the school, meet staff, and learn what you can do over the summer to make sure your student is ready.

    The Connect to Kindergarten events for the spring of 2023 have already taken place. If you would like more information or have questions about your residential school, please contact them directly.

    Not sure which school attendance area you live in?
    Check our School Locator Tool or call 503-261-4550 for help.

    For general information about preparing your student for Kindergarten, click on the Kindergarten Newsletter linked below. To request a physical copy be mailed to you, contact Jade Joseph by calling 503-261-4575 or emailing

    Kindergarten Newsletter - English

    Kindergarten Newsletter - Spanish

    Kindergarten Newsletter - Russian