Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten online registration for the Early Childhood Learning Community will begin March 4, 2019 at 6 a.m. and will continue through March 22, 2019. On May 2, from 4-6 p.m., a Countdown to Kindergarten Celebration will be held at the Early Childhood Learning Community, located at 5490 Mills Creek Lane.

An open house will be in the fall during the evening.  Please look for more information to come on our website in May.

Message from Principal

I welcome parents and future students to the Kindergarten program at the Early Childhood Learning Community. Our school serves both Preschool and Kindergarten. North Ridgeville City Schools Kindergarten serves children who are five years old by September 30 in the calendar year. Each classroom has approximately 23 children per teacher. The ECLC environment focuses on personalized curriculum with a project-based focus, classroom collaboration and resources for engagement that allow for students to grow as responsible Rangers. – Andrea Vance, Principal

Kindergarten Registration

Registering a child for Kindergarten is the first point of entry not only into the North Ridgeville City School District, but as a record with Lorain County, Ohio Department of Education and school resource agencies. This first step requires parents/guardians to provide many different pieces of demographic, health and residency information. Please READ CAREFULLY what is needed to register your child. 

The online Student Registration Form is the first step in the registration process. On March 4, 2019 at 6 a.m., visit NRCS.net. Under the center heading ‘The Latest News,’ locate the Kindergarten Registration section and click READ MORE. The online form will be found after opening this page. Click through and complete. 

Kindergarten Registration Requirements

In addition to completing the information above, parents/guardians are required to provide the following copies:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate 
  • 2 different household bills (copy of lease agreement, mortgage, utility bill) 

    Visit NRCS.net, click on ENROLLMENT tab, select Kindergarten Enrollment and download, print and complete the following forms: 
  • Residency Affidavit
  • Health Record Physicians Report
  • Immunization Record
  • Dental Form
  • Custody Form (if applicable)
  • Marriage Confirmation Letter

    All of the Kindergarten Registration requirements MUST either be uploaded with the online application or submitted in a sealed envelope. Envelopes are to be labeled kindergarten and dropped in the marked drop box outside of the east entrance at 5490 Mills Creek Lane starting on March 4, 2019 with the last drop off date March 22, 2019.
  • Kindergarten Enrollment Timeline

    March 2019
    • March 4-22, 2019 – Online Registration will open up at NRCS.net. 

    April 2019
    • April 5, 2019 – notification of acceptance for those who applied to full day program (acceptance letters sent by mail) 
    • April 8-15, 2019 – online link to make deposit of $300 for Full Day Kindergarten program will be available at NRCS.net 
    • April 29, 2019 – online link to make full payment of $2,000 for Full Day Kindergarten program will be available at NRCS.net 

    August 2019
    • August 26, 2019 is the official First Day of School

    Tuition Payment Options for Full Day Kindergarten

    Total Tuition for the Full Day Kindergarten Program 2019-2020 school year is $2,300: 
    • The $300 deposit due after notification of acceptance will be deducted from the total tuition amount due
    • The option to pay tuition in full opens up online April 29, 2019 
    • Payment Plan due dates and amounts are as follows with payment being made online:
    • Friday, September 13, 2019 amount of $700
    • Tuesday, January 14, 2020 amount of $700
    • Monday, March 9, 2020 amount of $600

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How to I enroll my child in half day Kindergarten?
    In order for your child to be enrolled for half day Kindergarten, you will need to fill out all forms ONLINE and print off, complete and return ALL FORMS.  All of the forms MUST either be uploaded with the online application or submitted in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on the outside and dropped in the marked drop box outside of the east entrance at 5490 Mills Creek Lane starting March 4, 2019 with the last drop off date of March 22, 2019. There is not a tuition for half day, however with every child there will be school fees.  In the fall you will receive information regarding the school fees.

    How do I enroll my child for full day Kindergarten?
    In order for your child to be enrolled for full day Kindergarten, you will need to fill out all forms ONLINE and print off, complete and return ALL FORMS.  All of the forms MUST either be uploaded with the online application or submitted in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on the outside and dropped in the marked drop box outside of the east entrance at 5490 Mills Creek Lane starting March 4, 2019 with the last drop off date of March 22, 2019.  

    Spots are available by a first come-first served basis and will be time-stamped when you complete the ONLINE application.  You will then receive a letter informing you that your child has a spot by April 5, 2019 by mail.  You will have to pay the $300 non-refundable deposit between April 8, 2019 to April 15, 2019.  The letter that you will receive will explain this process.  If you do not pay the $300 non-refundable deposit in this time-frame, your child’s spot will be forfeited.  Every child will be assessed school fees.  In the fall you will receive information regarding the school fees.

    When do I have my child screened?
    Kindergarten Screening will occur on Wednesday, August 21, Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23. The appointment times will range from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  You will choose your child’s appointment time online through the link on our school page.  This will be available online in April, 2019.  Plan on being at the school for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Here are a list of the screenings that will be completed. Students are not able to study for this test, it is truly a measure of what they currently know. 

    What is STAR Testing?
    CLICK HERE to learn more about STAR testing https://www.renaissance.com/2016/09/09/parents-guide-star-assessments/
     
    What are STAR Assessments?
    Star Assessments are short tests taken on the ipads that provide teachers with learning data. Star tests are computer adaptive, which means they adjust to each answer your child provides. This helps teachers get the best data to help your child in the shortest amount of testing time (about one-third of the time other tests take). Your child may take a Star test for early literacy, math, reading, or other subjects of their teacher’s choice.
     
    What do teachers do with STAR Assessments?
    Teachers analyze the data they get from Star Assessments to learn what students already know and what they are ready to learn next, to monitor student growth, and to determine which students may need additional help. Star Assessments are heavily researched and scientifically proven to help teachers guide each student on his or her unique path to mastery.

    What do STAR Assessments do for my child?
    By pinpointing exactly what your child knows, teachers can personalize your child’s practice to keep them growing. Plus, short test times ensure your child spends more time learning and less time testing.

    What is KRA (Kindergarten Readiness Assessment for Families)?
    The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) is a tool that teachers will use to get to know your child. It is not designed to rank children by ability, nor is it a tool for identifying students with disabilities or gifted students. This tool is primarily to help your teacher get to know your child in a way that does not interrupt the child’s learning.

    Don’t be alarmed if your child is not excelling in every area. Most children develop in spurts. They are ahead of their peers in some areas and behind in others. But remember, this tool is not designed to compare your child with other children, it is used to indicate how ready your child is for learning Ohio’s Learning Standards for kindergarten. All students will need support in some areas.

    What is the Speech Assessment?
    The state of Ohio requires that all children's speech and language is screened by November 1 of the year that they enroll in Kindergarten.  One of the district's speech-language pathologists will screen your child's speech and language skills during the screening days at the start of the school year.  The screenings are not intended to diagnose a disability.  The speech-language pathologist will communicate results of the screenings to classroom teachers.  The classroom teachers will monitor students who did not perform within the expected range and will consult with the speech-language pathologist if interventions are needed.

    Will my child ride the bus to school?
    Transportation is provided for all students.  Information about your child’s bus route will be ONLINE in August.  Some parents choose to drive their children to school and/or home after school.  All transportation questions should be directed to the Transportation Department at (440)327-4422.

    How do I know if I should send my child to Kindergarten?
    Kindergarten students must be five (5) years old by September 30, 2019.

    Will my child need to be able to take care of his/her personal needs? (i.e. bathroom, zipper, shoes)
    Yes.  Children need to be potty trained and need to be able to take care of their personal needs.
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