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The ECCS works closely with Southington parents and the local schools to make the kindergarten registration process as seamless as possible.
Under CT State Law, children must be age 5 by December 31 to attend public school that year, and thus could start as early as 4 years and 9 months old. Unsure when to register your child for preschool or kindergarten? Check out this When to Start chart by birth year. If attending public school then parents also have the option to keep their children at home through age 6.
COVID-19 UPDATE as of 4/28/2020: The Southington Public Schools were able to open the online registration and hold the in-person registration session at 7 of the 8 elementary schools before the COVID-19 crisis caused schools to close. The secretary at Strong School is reaching out to parents who registered online to make arrangements to submit the residency documents online or via mail. Online registration is still open for those haven’t done it yet. Plans for orientation, which is usually held in May, have not been determined, but it will likely be postponed until the plans for the fall are confirmed.
Here is the typical kindergarten registration timeline for the Southington Public School (SPS) system:
January – Kindergarten Registration Information Session for all parents of students who will start in the fall hosted by the Southington Public Schools, regardless of which school they will attend. For the 2020-2021 school year, this session will be held on January 27, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:30 at DePaolo Middle School Auditorium. The snow date is Wednesday, January 29.
February -Kindergarten Readiness workshop hosted by the ECCS and Southington Public Schools for parents of 3 and 4 year olds. This covers math skills, literacy and kindergarten preparedness. More details about both the Info Session and the Workshop are on the Events page. Here are the presentations from 2018.
– Online registration opens. For the 2019-2020 school year, it opened on February 25, 2019. Register via the Southington Public Schools site.
March – Schools host their own registration session where required residency and other documents are brought in to complete the registration process and the child meets with several staff members.
May – Kindergarten orientation scheduled by each school, including a bus orientation for the student.
Late August – A letter is sent home to announce the Kindergarten teacher and classroom. Teachers may schedule an open house or tour a day or two before schools starts. The bus schedule is published in the local newspapers and on the SPS website one week prior to the start of classes.
First day of school – Kindergarten students must be brought in by parents, no bus transportation. Don’t forget to take the first day of school photo in front of the school sign.
More information about the SPS registration process, handouts from the January information session, forms and dates is on the Southington Public Schools site.
The parochial schools in town – Central Christian Academy and Southington Catholic – have their own registration process.
Southington Catholic School is accepting applications for their full day kindergarten program. Young students can be bused right from their Southington home to the school’s front door at 133 Bristol Street. After school care is available on site for busy, working parents. Parents are invited to come visit and explore the benefits of small class size. For more information, call 860-628-2485.
Central Christian Academy, at 1505 West Street in Southington, can be reached at 860-621-6701.
A few of the preschool providers also offer programs for children who meet the State age eligibility requirements but are not developmentally ready to attend kindergarten. See their listings under Preschool Options.
The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) coordinates the Open Choice and Magnet School programs. Southington children can attend a Hartford district school through the Open Choice program or apply to the lottery to attend a magnet school with a specialized educational theme. There are over 40 schools in the program across the Hartford region serving Pre-K 3 to grade 12.
The RSCO lottery “On-time” application period runs from November until February and the lottery runs in May. Late applications are accepted into the summer. Learn more at on the RSCO site.
For some children and families home schooling may be a better option. In this case the child should not register for public school.