Kindergarten

All Northern Lights elementary schools offer a full-day Kindergarten program five days a week.

We supplement the provincially-mandated half-day Kindergarten program with an Extension program on Flight: Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Curriculum Framework.

The Kindergarten program is taught by a certified teacher and follows Alberta Education’s Program of Studies. The Extension program is provided by our Extension Educational Assistants (EA’s).

How the time spent in each program is divided up during the day may look slightly different at each school. For example, at some schools students may spend the morning focusing on the Kindergarten curriculum with their teacher, and the afternoon on the Flight curriculum with their Extension EA. At other schools, the teacher and EA may alternate throughout the day. Each school will share what the schedule looks like with parents prior to school starting in September.

When is my child eligible for Kindergarten?

The age of entry for Kindergarten has been changed and is now consistent throughout the province. The common age of entry to Kindergarten is now 5 years of age by December 31 of the school year.

So to start Kindergarten in September 2020, students will need to be 5 years of age by December 31, 2020.

Want to confirm when your child is eligible to start Kindergarten? Enter your child's date of birth in our Kindergarten eligibility calculator below:

Your child may begin kindergarten in September of

2020-2021 Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will open on is now open!

Parents of our existing Care to Learn Preschool students will receive an email informing them that a form has been assigned to them in School Engage. Please follow the instructions for Care To Learn Preschool Students below.

If your child is not currently enrolled in our preschool program, please follow the instructions for new Kindergarten students below.

Important Dates

March 12 Registration opens for the 2020-2021 school year
August 20 Schools re-open - Registrations received over the summer break are processed
September 1&2 Kindergarten Meet the Teacher/Interview Days
September 3&4 Kindergarten Staggered Entry - Half of the students attend one day and the other attend the next
September 8 First full day of Kindergarten for all students

 

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