Welcome to kindergarten in District 196. We have 19 outstanding elementary schools, all of which provide excellent teachers and an engaging curriculum in language arts, math, social studies and science. In addition, students attend music, physical education and library/media classes. The information below provides resources to help prepare all incoming kindergarten families.

SAVE THE DATE! Kindergarten registration for all elementary schools is February 7 and 8, 2018.

School Attendance Area Locator

Please utilize the school attendance area locator tool or call 651-423-7640 to locate your child’s neighborhood area school.

School Choice

Selecting a school for your child is an exciting process. We offer many excellent school choices for your child — including five elementary magnet schools. A magnet school has a theme-based learning environment. This theme is woven into how most classes are taught and expressed.

Your child may attend the neighborhood school in the attendance area where you live or you may apply for your child to attend a magnet school. Families who live outside of District 196 can open-enroll into the district through the State Enrollment Options Program. Additionally, interdistrict transfer options allow District 196 students to transfer to another District 196 school.

To learn more about our 19 elementary schools and the many choices available to our families please visit our Schools page.

  • School Choice Parent Information Nights: Come to a School Choice Parent Information Night to receive an overview of the District 196 school choice options. 

Kindergarten Entrance Checklist

  1. Early Childhood Screening: 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. District 196 encourages early childhood screening between three and four years of age. This allows time for a preschool experience or other social/educational opportunities to benefit the child. Appointments are automatically scheduled using the district’s mailing list, or you may call and schedule your own appointment at 651-423-7899. The screening is offered free to residents.
  2. Get registered. Here’s what you need to bring…
    • A birth certificate or other documentation, such as a passport, confirming your child’s date of birth and legal name;
    • Proof of required immunizations, and
    • Proof of early childhood screening
  3. Attend Kindergarten Registration Night: Every February, each elementary school hosts a kindergarten registration night to provide parents and students with essential information. This event gives families the opportunity to tour the school, ask questions, complete forms and meet with their principal and other school staff.

At all District 196 elementary schools you will find:

  • Computer lab
  • Media center


Student Support Services
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Young Scholars
  • English Language Learner (ELL)
  • Reading Recovery
  • Social Worker
  • Title I/Basic Skills
  • Summer program
  • Special education services
Family Involvement Opportunities
  • Site Council
  • Volunteer opportunities


Additional offerings
  • 5th grade band
  • School patrols
  • Track and field
  • Music programs
  • Field studies
  • Breakfast program
  • Extended Day Child Care – YMCA School-Aged Childcare program (SAC)