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For many students, kindergarten is a child's first experience in a school setting. We are committed to giving students a wonderful start in a safe and nurturing environment where students will reach new heights academically and socially. Our district offers both the Half-Day Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten options at all elementary schools. Our Full-Day Kindergarten is a fee-based program. Both programs offer an excellent education to our students.
Each year, Kindergarten Round-Up is held near the end of March or beginning of April. It is a great opportunity for children to experience a little taste of life in Kindergarten while the parents go through an orientation with the principal. Please contact the school where your student will attend to pre-register for the event. If you are unsure of your attendance area, call 913-592-7200.
1. What is fee-based full-day Kindergarten?
The fee-based Kindergarten program makes full-day Kindergarten available to school families who choose to participate. At this time the State of Kansas only reimburses the district for 1⁄2 day Kindergarten. The fee (tuition) is to cover the additional cost for; staff, facility, materials, etc.
2. How much does full day Kindergarten cost?
The cost for the 2015-2016 school year will be nine equal payments of $250. The cost has been averaged over nine months.
Tuition must be paid by the first of each month and is considered late after the 5th of each month. It is the parent’s responsibility to make payments each month.
Continued participation in the full-day program is contingent upon keeping payments current.
Fees will be waived for students qualifying for free meal programs – Waiver of Confidentiality must be signed and box marked to share with Student Fees.
3. When can I submit an application for FBK for next school year?
Applications will be available at Kindergarten Round-Up, scheduled for Friday, April 1, 2016.
All elementary schools will have applications available during round-up.
No applications will be accepted before that time. Everyone will have the same opportunity to apply for the FBK program at Kindergarten Round-Up.
4. How can I get on the waiting list for FBK for next school year?
FBK Applications must be filled out and returned by Friday, April 8, 2016.
Waiting lists are not formed until all applications are received by Friday, April 8, and all slots have been filled using the lottery system, if necessary.
Waiting lists are then formed at individual schools when necessary.
5. What if more students apply than slots available?
Class sizes are 18-23 students per class.
There are a maximum number of students allowed per classroom (23).
If more students apply than positions available, a random drawing/lottery system will be implemented for that site.
Parents will be contacted to see if they would accept an alternate site if space is available.
If necessary, a waiting list will be established by school.
6. Additional information regarding the program:
In April, parents will be notified whether your child has been accepted into the program.
Transportation costs for FBK in your home attendance area follow the same guidelines as costs for students in grade 1-5. If the child attends the FBK program at a site outside their attendance area, parents will be responsible for the child’s transportation.
Parents are responsible for providing lunch for their students. Students may bring their lunch or lunch may be purchased at school.
Full-day Fee-based Kindergarten follows the same calendar as 1⁄2 day Kindergarten.