Kindergarten Registration/Screening

Kindergarten Registration/Screening
Posted on 06/17/2021
RegistrationKindergarten Registration

Niles Community Schools is focused on addressing the needs of all learners by offering kindergarten and kinder-connections to allow children to start their school career with the most positive experiences.  Kindergarten programs are offered at Ballard Elementary School, Howard-Ellis Elementary, and Eastside Connections School.

To be eligible for KINDERGARTEN, children must:

  • Be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2021
  • Have an official birth certificate
  • Have vision and hearing screening
  • Have proof of residence
  • Have updated immunizations
During the summer months you may register on line. Go to the Niles District page under Family tab click Kindergarten Registration.

 If you do not have access to the internet, kindergarten registration packets can be picked up at the Niles Administration Center located at 2120 20th Place, Niles, MI, Monday - Friday 7:30a.m. to 3:00p.m. or you may request the packet be mailed to you by calling 269-683-0732.

Kindergarten Screening

Niles Community Schools screens all incoming kindergarteners during the month of August.  Families sign up for screening when they register their kindergartener.  If a family registers online a staff member will call to set up their screening appointment.  Kindergarten screening allows Niles Schools to address the needs of all learners.  Our goal is for all children to start their school career with the most positive experience we can provide.

Niles Community Schools has created a kindergarten screening assessment to align to the Michigan Core Standards and to assess a child's progress with several different skills throughout the kindergarten school year.  This screener was developed using the research based early literacy assessments.  There are 15 different skills assessed as part of this screener.  Some of the skills will be auditory while others will be written by the child.

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