Enrolling your child in a
District 196 school
A new baby? Congratulations!
- Register your baby for the census - A new baby is any child, under the age of 5, who is new to Independent School District 196. It is important for our future planning to get all children on our census files. In return, you will receive ongoing communication from District 196 regarding early learning programs and services to support you and your child prior to kindergarten. Please complete our census form online or call 651-423-7639 to complete the form over the phone. Thank you.
Steps to registering for kindergarten
- 1Kindergarten eligibility - A child is eligible for kindergarten if he or she will be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the year he or she will begin school. See below for information on early entrance to kindergarten.
- 2The State of Minnesota requires that all children complete a free screening to detect any health and/or developmental concerns prior to entering kindergarten in a public school. In our district, early childhood screening occurs between three and four years of age. This allows time for a preschool experience or other social/educational opportunities to benefit the child.
NOTE: District 196 has several programs to help ease a child's transition into school by providing him/her with experiences that focus on helping your child to participate in group settings, follow rules and routines and become familiar with school. To find out more about these programs visit District 196.
- Early Entrance to Kindergarten
Children who turn 5 before September 2 do not have to be assessed to attend kindergarten in the fall. District 196 will assess children for early entrance to kindergarten for the upcoming school year by following the early entrance guidelines. Children born between September 2 and October 31 are considered the best candidates for this optional assessment. The early entrance assessment is designed to select students who demonstrate superior cognitive development. There is a cost for the early entrance assessment. Scholarships are available for parents who qualify based on federal standards for free or reduced priced meal guidelines. For further information, please call 651-423-7739.
- 3 Find your attendance area - If you are new to the district or have a new kindergarten student, you will need to enroll your child at the District 196 school they will attend based on your attendance area. For help determining your neighborhood school, use the school locator on the district website or call 651-423-7640.
- 4 Decide whether to enroll your child in a Magnet School - Five of the district's 18 elementary schools and one of the district’s 6 middle schools are magnet schools. All magnet schools offer the standard district curriculum, but each one has a concentrated theme woven into the district's core curriculum. The magnet schools are:
View our magnet school section for more information about magnet school registration and deadlines.
The following students will be automatically enrolled to attend a magnet school and do not need to fill out a magnet school application online:
- 1. Students who live in the attendance area of a magnet school they want to attend
- 2. Students who are District 196 residents and attend daycare in the attendance area of a magnet school they want to attend, in accordance with Policy 502, Student Transfers (daycare transfer form required)
- 5 Get your health immunizations - Specific Minnesota immunization requirements exist for preschool, elementary, middle and high school students. Your child may not attend school in Minnesota without proof of proper immunizations or a signed statement of conscientious objection. Talk with your child's healthcare provider and/or school nurse about the current immunization requirements for admission to school. View our entrance requirements page to see the requirements for your child's grade level and ensure all immunization conditions are met prior to the the first day of school. The Dakota County Public Health Department (www.co.dakota.mn.us or 952-891-7500) maintains a list of public immunization clinics.
- 6 What to bring with you to school - What to bring when you come to school to register your child for kindergarten:
- A birth certificate or other documentation, such as a passport, confirming your child's date of birth and legal name (your child must be five years old on or before September 1 of the year he or she will begin school);
- Proof of required immunizations, and
- Proof of early childhood screening.
Steps to open enrolling your out-of-district child in District 196 (Interdistrict)
1 Complete state enrollment options application - Out-of-district students who want to transfer into District 196 must complete the State Enrollment Options Program application. Please submit the application by January 15 for enrollment in the following school year. Information about student transfers is available in District Policy 502, Student Transfers and in Administrative Regulation 502.4.1AR, Student Transfers: State Enrollment Options Program. NOTE: If a student wants to transfer out of District 196, please contact the school district the student would like to attend.
- 2 Required immunizations - Specific Minnesota immunization requirements exist for elementary, middle and high school students. View our entrance requirements page to see the requirements for your child's grade level. When all immunization conditions have been met, bring a copy of your student's immunization record to the school prior to the student's first day. The Dakota County Public Health Department (www.co.dakota.mn.us or 952-891-7500) maintains a list of public immunization clinics.
Transferring your child from one school to another within District 196 (Intradistrict)
- In order to balance enrollment between schools, the district limits transfers to any particular school based on current and projected enrollment compared with building capacity. Schools where enrollment exceeds or is projected to exceed building capacity may be closed to transfer requests.
- K-5 intradistrict transfer - elementary school students (grades k-5) may request a transfer from one District 196 elementary school to another based on the following situations:
- 6-12 Middle and high school intradistrict transfer - secondary school students (grades 6-12) may request a transfer from one District 196 secondary school to another based on the following situations:
- Intent to change residency - if the student's parent or guardian, or the adult student (age 18 or over) intends to move to a new residence within the school year and designates a mailing address for their new residence (Transfer application based on intent to change residency)
- Continued enrollment of an 11th or 12th grade student - if an 11th or 12th grade student has been enrolled in a District 196 school and their parent or guardian (or the adult student, if age 18 or older) has moved to the attendance area of another District 196 school
- Parent/guardian/adult student request – based on space available in the requested school (Transfer application based on parent/guardian/adult student request)