Hello Prospective Madera Parents!
Many people are asking for information about the best way to register their child for Kindergarten this fall (Kindergarten enrollment in the West Contra Costa Unified School District for the 2018-2019 school year begins on Monday, January 8). After having spoken with various people “in the know,” I’d like to encourage prospective Madera families to register online from home (instead of coming early to wait in line outside the school). This is the best way to enroll and keeps you out of the cold. I even heard a rumor that the online registration link will become active at 12:01 a.m., so you may want to stay up late the night before and get it done then!
Your online registration will secure your child’s “spot in line” for enrollment, however, everyone will still need to come to the school to present certain documents for physical verification (even if you uploaded them online). School secretaries are required to see these documents in person before certifying that your registration is complete. I encourage you to do this as soon as possible! It’s best to come on the morning of Monday, January 8th to finish the process. However, if you are unable to do it the same day, it should be done within a week of submitting your online application.
Documents that you need to bring to school are:
- Age Verification: Student’s Birth Certificate or Baptismal Record
- Verification of student’s residency (see link for qualifying documents).
- Your valid photo ID as the parent, guardian or caregiver of student being registered
- Documents required under special circumstances as outlined on linked doc (if needed)
- Student’s Immunization record
The school will have computers set up and available at 9:00 a.m. for people without reliable internet access. Contra Costa Social Services also has computers available for use at 1305 MacDonald Ave in Richmond. They open at 8:00 a.m.
Since we may not see all of you on the morning of registration, I also wanted to encourage you to sign up to receive the PTA’s Kindergarten Newsletter. The newsletter will provide helpful information about Kindergarten and Madera in general, as well as keep you up-to-date on events such as the Spring Incoming Kindergartener playdate and summertime meet-ups. To sign up, please provide your us with your contact info here.
Thank you. I hope registration goes smoothly for everyone, and I look forward to meeting you!
Madera PTA President