Kindergarten Registration

Children who are 5 years old before September 30th can start Kindergarten on September 4, 2018. But first, they need to be registered. To register your child, bring the items listed below to your elementary school:

•  An original certified State Birth Certificate;
•  A certificate of physical examination from a physician or a health department;
•  An immunization certificate containing complete dates for Hepatitis B, DPT, Polio, Varicella, and MMR immunizations;
•  Proof of residency in the City of Suffolk (i.e., water bill, gas bill or electric bill. Driver's License will not be accepted.)
 
Registration dates are March 14 and May 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at all Suffolk Public Elementary Schools.  Call the Parent Resource Center at (757) 934-6202 or use the School Locator at www.spsk12.net to find out which school your child should attend. 

NOTE: After these two dates, you can register a kindergarten student at any time. Call your zoned school first to ensure you bring the needed documents.

Philosophy of Kindergarten
Suffolk Public Schools believes that what children learn in kindergarten should be appropriate for their developmental needs. We believe that kindergarten students are unique and are developing at their own rates. This belief requires us to understand and accept the physical, social, intellectual and emotional qualities of 5-year-olds.

Kindergarten provides opportunity for enrichment and hands-on experiences which assist and guide children in their development. A positive approach is emphasized. Children work and play in an environment where they are comfortable to explore, discover, and engage in trial-and-error learning to achieve success.  

Children need an orderly environment with caring, competent adults to guide them. They also need the security and continuity provided by open communication between parents and teachers. The program structure for kindergarten in Suffolk Public Schools is outlined on the last page of this publication.


  • What features will be offered?  All teachers are certified and endorsed by the Virginia Department of Education to teach kindergarten. Health services are provided by the school nurse. Equipment and materials used in the classroom are designed for kindergarten. A special play area for kindergarten children is also provided. Kindergarten students have rest periods and snack time each day. 

  • Who can attend Kindergarten?  Virginia School Law says that children may enter school if they are five (5) years old on or before September 30, 2018.

  • Compulsory School Age ... Children who are 5 years old on or before September 30 should be enrolled unless the parents notify the school that they will wait a year. Children who are 6 years old by September 30 must be enrolled in school. Children who reach their sixth birthday by September 30, 2018 and who were not enrolled in kindergarten previously may be placed in kindergarten or first grade.

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    Immunizations Required by Virginia Law

  • 4 DTP or DTaP - at least one dose after 4th birthday

  • 4 Polio - at least one dose after 4th birthday

  • 2 Measles - 1st dose on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten

  • 2 Mumps - 1st on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten

  • 1 Rubella - on/after 12 months of age

  • Note: Measles, Mumps, Rubella requirements are also met with 2 MMR - 1st dose on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten

  • 3 Hep B - (2 doses if Merck adult formulation given between 11 - 15 years of age)

  • 2 Varicella - to susceptible children born on/after January 1, 1997; 1st dose on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten

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