How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recommends that kindergarten entry should be based on age, not a mastery of skills. The Great Valley School District Policy states that a student must be 5 years of age by September 1st of the upcoming school year in order for a child to be eligible for kindergarten.
Is an assessment administered to determine my child's readiness or placement?
All kindergarten classrooms are heterogeneously grouped. Principals work to ensure class sizes remain within the recommended guidelines. Instruction is differentiated based on the needs of the students in the classroom. Teachers will conduct assessments at the start of the school year to get to know your child as a learner and effectively plan for their instruction moving forward.
How do I know which elementary school my child will attend?
Please visit our Elementary Attendance Boundaries Page to use the interactive map to find your child's school.
What is the typical class size for kindergarten?
The class size guidelines for kindergarten in Great Valley School District are 18-22 students.
What are the hours for the kindergarten students?
The hours for the elementary schools are consistent for all students in grades K-5. The school day begins at 8:50 AM and concludes at 3:38 PM. Student drop off in the morning begins at 8:40 AM.
When will I find out who my child's teacher will be?
Principals will communicate teacher assignments to families by mid-August.
When will I find out my child's bus information including times and bus stops?
The transportation office will send out communication with bus information in August. For additional information regarding bussing, visit our Transportation Page.
Does my child have to take the bus?
No. Parents are able to drop off and pick up their child. Drop off begins at 8:40 each morning. Students must remain outside of the buidling prior to 8:40 unless they participate in the before school care program.
Is before and/or after school care available?
There are before and after school care options available in each of the elementary buildings.