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Wake schools to host 'Kindergarten Round-Up' day

Posted February 1, 2012

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— Elementary schools across Wake County on Thursday will host "Kindergarten Round-Up" day in an effort to get parents of rising kindergartners to explore their school options.

The county's 104 elementary schools have planned open registrations, schools tours and information sessions in an effort to get as many students registered and enrolled for the upcoming school year.

The Wake County Public School System expects about 12,000 new kindergartners next year. More than 7,710 had enrolled as of Wednesday.

Parents can register their children at any elementary school in Wake County. They will need to take with them their child's birth certificate and immunization records, as well as the parent's valid photo ID and proof of address in the form of a utility bill or signed lease or rental agreement.

To enroll, children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31.

The school district moved registration and enrollment earlier this year to prepare families to participate in the district's new student assignment choice-selection process, in which parents can choose among a list of schools that they would like their children to attend.

Parents must enroll their children before they can participate in the process.

The first period runs until Feb. 24, and parents will be notified by March 16 of their children's assignments.

A second choice-selection period begins March 19 for any parents who don't participate in the first round. Assignments based on those choices will be made by mid-April.

As of Wednesday morning, 12,199 families had logged on to the student assignment website and made at least one choice, a school system spokesman said. Of that number, 5,842 were for rising kindergartners.

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  • busyb97 Feb 2, 2012

    "Round-up"....that just creates an image that is not very appealing to a parent.

    "To enroll, children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31"
    BUT under NC Law, your kids do not have to start Kindergarten until the school year in which they will turn 7 (so for most kids- that means K @ 6 yrs old instead of 5)....so if your child is not ready, don't rush it! It doesn't help them to push them into it too soon. My son would have been a mess had we done that. Waiting a year was a big help.

  • kimandwill89 Feb 1, 2012

    RUN-RUN-RUN AWAY!

  • arfamr1007 Feb 1, 2012

    Be very aware of what you are doing and what you choose parents of K kids. Your decision now follows them for 12 years and in Wake County you can't take one thing for granted. especially now with what will prove to be a disastrous assignment plan. Once you're in you are stuck.
    YouMakeItSoEasy

    you're right...raced based bussing and shuffling students every year was a WONDERFUL plan and in no way affected kids' ability to forge strong relationships with classmates. FAIL!!!

  • lolly Feb 1, 2012

    Clay is right.

  • claygriffith01 Feb 1, 2012

    If you can find a way to afford private school (even if it means living cheaply at home) then do it. Public schools are bad and only getting worse.

  • whatelseisnew Feb 1, 2012

    Top three choices should be, private school, home-school, charter school. If you are left with the worst possible choice of using a public school, then get after your state rep and senator to provide vouchers so you can get a good choice for your child.

  • Screw WrAl Feb 1, 2012

    Be very aware of what you are doing and what you choose parents of K kids. Your decision now follows them for 12 years and in Wake County you can't take one thing for granted. especially now with what will prove to be a disastrous assignment plan. Once you're in you are stuck.