2023-2024 Registration Requirements
Child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2023
*First Day Exclusion Policy
It is a requirement that all children entering Kindergarten have a physical exam form on file with their school prior to the first day of school. If the child’s physical is not submitted prior to the first day, the child will not be allowed to begin school.
Prior to submitting your child’s completed medical forms, parents are advised to make a photocopy for their records as copies will not be made at the schools or District Office.
If you have any questions, please contact the District 158 Registration Office at (847) 659-6147 or by email at [email protected].
What is full-day kindergarten?
Beginning with the 2003-2004 school year, District 158 began offering kindergarten that follows the regular full-day elementary schedule.
How is the extra time used?
A longer school day allows teachers more time to deliver their curriculum outcomes. When teachers have more time to teach, they can spend more time teaching outcomes that are challenging for students, delivering curriculum in a variety of ways, and re-teaching concepts. The half-day program does not always allow for such flexibility. Students enrolled in the full-day program will also attend physical education, music and art classes in addition to eating lunch and going out for recess.
Does the program recognize what is “developmentally ready”?
When School District 158 began planning for full-day kindergarten, we went back to the drawing board. Above all, teachers stressed the importance of a program that was geared to the developmental level of these young students. The program is built around the concept of “developmentally appropriate practices.”
Does the full-day program “push” first grade curriculum down to the kindergarten level?
Kindergarten students are taught kindergarten outcomes. The longer school day provides students more time to practice and learn these outcomes. First grade outcomes are not taught at the kindergarten level.
Does full-time kindergarten impact the curriculum of 1st and 2nd grades?
The curriculum outcomes are not changing or increasing just because we now have students for a full-day. The full-day kindergarten program will not affect the curriculum in other grades. Students should have a stronger mastery of the kindergarten outcomes when they leave the full-day kindergarten program, which may allow first and second grade teachers to spend more time on enrichment.
Are full-day starting and ending times the same as the regular elementary grades?
Yes, the full-day kindergarten starting and ending times will mirror the regular elementary schedule. All kindergarten students will ride the regular elementary bus routes to school. Full-day kindergarten students will ride the regular elementary bus routes home from school and half-day students will be transported home on a kindergarten only bus.
How will the program deal with students who are not ready to be away from home for a whole day?
We understand that students come to school with a variety of comfort levels about being away from familiar caregivers. Children are changing, growing, and adapting rapidly at this point in their lives. This change, while sometimes hard for parents, is a positive one in a child’s development. We do not anticipate that the transition to a full-day program will be different than the transition to a half-day program. We understand that parents are concerned and we will work with families to make sure that school, full-day or half-day, is a positive experience for children.
When will half-day students attend?
Due to bussing and class scheduling, half-day kindergarten students will attend in the morning.
What are the advantages of going full-day?
School District 158 firmly believes that a full-day experience is the most beneficial for students. The full-day program gives students the “gift of time”. Students will focus on the same material with more time to work through each concept.
Will full-day and half-day students be separated?
No. The program will mix full-day and half-day students.
Dual Language Information
In 2017 Huntley Community School District 158 approved the expansion of its Dual Language (English and Spanish) program to begin in 2018-19 school year.
In 2018, the District added a kindergarten dual language classroom at each of its three kindergarten buildings: Chesak Elementary, Leggee Elementary, and Mackeben Elementary School, as well as two 1st-grade classrooms at Chesak Elementary.
Additional classrooms will be added in each of the coming years until reaching full implementation of a dual language structure through fifth grade. The plan was based on a comprehensive language review completed in 2017.
For more information about the Dual Language Program, visit huntley158.org/dual-language or contact Johanna Poncio Jordan, Director of Multilingual & Multicultural Services at (847) 659-6108 or [email protected].