Early Learning Opportunities

We are excited to continue Early Learning programming options for three and four year old learners for the 2022-2023 school year!

Eligible students need to turn 3 or 4 on or before August 31, 2022. Other qualifications apply depending on the program. Families interested in enrolling their child, please fill out The Early Learning Information Request form or for more information contact Jerilyn Ashbaugh at ashbaughj@wvsd208.org or 972-5564.



Preschool


The West Valley School District also offers a three year old preschool program option for students not currently enrolled in preschool who will turn three on or before August 31st. Transportation is available for students who qualify for special education services.

Please fill out the Early Learning Interest Survey to the best of your ability. Once the form has been reviewed West Valley Student and Family Support office will call you regarding registration options for your child.


Priority for placement:

  • Do they reside in the West Valley School District? (in-district priority)

  • Is there the potential for the child to benefit from placement? (West Valley Kindergarten Readiness Checklist – screener)

  • Does the student qualify for special services? (disability)

  • Are they currently in a preschool or early learning setting? (opportunity gap)

  • Do they qualify for Free/Reduced meals? (income qualification)

  • Do they qualify for the Transitional Bilingual Education Program? (language gap)

  • Are they age-eligible for Preschool? (age qualification = 3 years old by Aug. 31st)


The program provides a half-day, preschool experience at no cost to families. Classrooms are located at Apple Valley and Summitview.

Preschool students who qualify will attend Apple Valley if their boundary school is Apple Valley, Ahtanum or Mountainview.

Preschool students who qualify will attend Summitview if their child’s boundary school is Summitview, Cottonwood or Wide Hollow.


Transition Kindergarten


The West Valley School District also offers a Transitional Kindergarten option for students not currently enrolled in preschool who will turn four on or before August 31st and are expected to attend Kindergarten in the fall of the following year (Students who are five before August 31st are not eligible for Transitional Kindergarten).

Transportation is available for students who qualify for special education services.

Please fill out the Early Learning Interest Survey to the best of your ability. Once the form has been reviewed West Valley Student and Family Support office will call you regarding registration options for your child.

The program provides a full-day, transition kindergarten experience at no cost to families. Classrooms are located at Apple Valley and Cottonwood Elementary and are for students who are in need of additional preparation in order to be successful in kindergarten.

Priority for placement:

  • Do they reside in the West Valley School District? (in-district priority)

  • Is there the potential for the child to benefit from placement? (West Valley Kindergarten Readiness Checklist – screener)

  • Does the student qualify for special services? (disability)

  • Are they currently in a preschool or early learning setting? (opportunity gap)

  • Do they qualify for Free/Reduced meals? (income qualification)

  • Do they qualify for the Transitional Bilingual Education Program? (language gap)

  • Are they age-eligible for Transitional Kindergarten? (age qualification = 4 years old by Aug. 31st)


Qualification for transitional kindergarten is determined through an interview process with the parent or guardian.

Transitional Kindergarten students who qualify will attend Cottonwood if their boundary school is Ahtanum, Cottonwood or Mountainview.

Transitional Kindergarten Students who qualify will attend Apple Valley if their child’s boundary school is Apple Valley, Summitview or Wide Hollow.



Contact

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Jerilyn Ashbaugh - State and Federal Programs Coordinator


Kindergarten

Students turning five by August 31st are eligible for kindergarten. WVSD Kindergarten programs are full-day programs. If you have concerns about your child’s readiness for kindergarten, please feel free to fill out and submit this kindergarten readiness checklist and the District can help you determine if your child is ready for this step.

Kindergarten registration begins the Monday of Conference Week in the spring. Once you identify the school boundary in which you reside, check that school calendar for conference dates.