Kindergarten & Pre-Kindergarten Registration
For registration, it is recommended that you contact your child's school in advance so that staff can prepare materials for you and make your visit an efficient one.
Registration dates have been established for incoming kindergarten students to Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) for the 2014-2015 school year. Children who turn five years old on or before September 1, 2014, must be enrolled in kindergarten, according to the State of Maryland. Parents and guardians may register eligible children for kindergarten at any time, but the following dates have been designated as registration days in all elementary schools so that school staff will be prepared to assist parents and guardians with all necessary steps for registration:
- March 24
- April 28
- May 19
- June 16
The parent/legal guardian must register at the school in the district where he or she lives. The following documents are required when registering a child for kindergarten:
- Birth certificate
- Immunization records
- Health inventory (completed by child’s doctor within a nine-month period before child enters school or within a six-month period after entering school)
- Proof of residency (mortgage/rental agreement, electric or water bill that is current within last three months prior to registration). Telephone bills or driver’s licenses will not be accepted.
To be eligible to apply for pre-kindergarten, a child must be four years old on or before September 1, 2014. The family must live in Washington County and meet income eligibility criteria. All income and age eligible children who apply will be given priority. Applications are available at all elementary schools and on the WCPS website: 2014-2015 Pre-Kindergarten Application (2 page PDF).
Here are the pre-kindergarten guidelines:
- A child must be four years old on or before September 1 of the current school year.
- Families must live in Washington County.
- All income-eligible and age-eligible children who apply must be enrolled first. The WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines can be seen Below.
- Applications must be submitted to the Early Childhood Enrollment Office at the Washington County Public Schools' Central Office, 10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
- For information regarding pre-kindergarten, download the Pre-Kindergarten Parent Guide (2 page PDF), or call the Early Childhood Enrollment Office at 301-766-2955.
Please consider downloading the following documents:
Please note changes in school schedules in relation to inclement weather situations. When a two-hour delay is called, there will be no a.m. or p.m. pre-kindergarten. If school is dismissed two hours early, the a.m. pre-kindergarten students will stay until dismissal and ride the bus home with the other students. There will be no p.m. pre-kindergarten in the case of an early dismissal.
The following chart reflects the pre-kindergarten program (subject to change)
Bester - Judy Center
Must live in Bester school district to be eligible to apply.
Kristi Bachtell - Principal
Susie Winders - Assistant Principal
Kathy Kerns - Coordinator
Sherri Lantz - Family Interventionist
Doris Skinner - Secretary
Mary Boggs - Secretary
Rebecca Griffin - Teacher
Leslie Brenk - Paraprofessional
RaeAnn Ebersole - Teacher
Tanya Miller - Paraprofessional
(Bester/Winter Street students only)
|8:10 - 10:50 a.m.|
11:50 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
|Shari Palm - Principal|
Brenda Weber - Secretary
Lacey Ellis - Teacher
Rebecca Ausherman - Paraprofessional
7:55 - 10:25 a.m.
|Valerie Kaufmann - Principal|
Nancy Kirkpatrick - Secretary
Teachers: Jessica Wilkinson, Jackie Huebner Knable, Rebecca Siegrist
Paraprofessionals: Pam Harbaugh, Cathy Shoaf, Rhonda Boward, Robbin Hamilton, Lindsay Miller
3 sessions a.m. - 60 students
2 sessions p.m. - 40 students
8:10 - 10:50 a.m.
11:50 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
|Shelli Gest - Principal|
Teresa McSparron - Secretary
Susan Miller - Teacher
Suzy Hixon - Paraprofessional
|Full Day Program|
7:40 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.
|Denise Kuhna - Acting Principal|
Patti Ryder - Secretary
Courtney Kaczamark - Teacher
Jodi Long - Paraprofessional
|8 - 11 a.m.|
12 - 2:50 p.m.
|Beth Allshouse - Principal|
Cheryl Bowen - Secretary
Sue Berezuk - Teacher
Cheryl Stoddard - Paraprofessional
|8:25 - 11:10 a.m.|
12:10 - 2:55 p.m.
|Kathy Stiles - Principal|
Judy Ebersole - Secretary
Special ed. and general ed. students
No transportation provided
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
|Ruth Ann Monroe Primary|
Kathleen Forrest - Principal
Anne Hott - Coordinator
Teachers: Julie Easterday/Cindy Line/Amanda Burns
|9:15 - 11:45 a.m.|
1 - 3:45 p.m.
|Tom Garner - Principal|
Lynda Leon - Assistant Principal
Shawn Grove - Secretary
Kelly Whiteman - Secretary
Sherry Koogle - Teacher
Dionne Claggett - Paraprofessional
|8:45 - 11:25 a.m.|
12:45 - 3:15 p.m.
|Ryan Hench - Principal|
Vicki Winston - Secretary
Julie Bare - Teacher
Sharon Newton - Paraprofessional
7:45 - 10:45 a.m.
|Krista Burgan - Principal|
Linda Whittington - Secretary
Sharon Martin - Teacher
Julie Martin - Paraprofessional
|7:50 - 10:30 a.m.|
11:50 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Must live in Winter Street school district to be eligible
|Lura Hanks - Principal|
Eloisa Banes - Secretary
Brian Orndorff - Teacher
Donna Sturtz - Teacher
Teresa Brechbill - Paraprofessional
Cindy Thomas - Paraprofessional
|Full Day Program|
8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
|Marshall Street School|
Birth to Five
|Mariam Robins - Coordinator|
Cora Calendine - Secretary
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|Number of Household Members||Maximum Gross Household Income|| |
|Per Month||Per Year|
|For each additional individual, add $626/month or $7,511/year|| |