Dear Parents/Guardians of a Prospective Kindergartener:
Greetings from St. Louis Park Public Schools! This year is especially exciting for your family because it means you have a child who is eligible to start kindergarten next fall. We cannot wait to meet them!
Please read the following brochure carefully as it contains important information and key dates to enroll your child in St. Louis Park Public Schools.
St. Louis Park Public Schools lives its mission daily throughout the school district and in our four outstanding elementary schools, that serve students in Kindergarten through Grade 5.
As our mission states...“As a caring, diverse community with a tradition of putting its children first, we will ensure all students attain their highest level of achievement; prepare all students to contribute to society; offer high quality opportunities for lifelong learning; provide multiple pathways to excellence; challenge all learners to meet high standards; and provide a safe and nurturing environment that energizes and enhances the spirit.”
Aquila Elementary, Peter Hobart Elementary, and Susan Lindgren Elementary are neighborhood schools offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP). This curriculum emphasizes inquiry-based learning while helping students develop the characteristics of the IB Learner Profile. Your neighborhood school assignment is based on your permanent residential address.
A fourth elementary school, Park Spanish Immersion (PSI) provides all classroom instruction in Spanish and enrolls students from across the school district. Students at PSI have the same academic outcomes as the three neighborhood IB-PYP schools. PSI Students are immersed in the Spanish language throughout the school day and learn academic content while also acquiring the language.
If you are interested in having your child attend PSI, watch for the RESIDENT Application for Enrollment form that will be mailed to St. Louis Park families in January. Please note that the completed application must be received by 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the District Office (6311 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park). If more applications are received than spots available, the district conducts a lottery (per St. Louis Park Public Schools’ School Board Policy #545). Families will be notified by mail regarding school placement prior to Kindergarten Registration Night in March.
I highly encourage parents who submit an application to attend PSI to also tour their neighborhood school and learn more about the excellent opportunities available
to all students.
Kindergarten registration packets will be mailed to families in early March and will include your elementary school assignment (neighborhood school or PSI). Kindergarten Registration Night will take place at all four of our elementary schools in March. If you have questions, please call the District Office at 952-928-6000. We hope to see you soon!
Superintendent of Schools