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Once considered a transitional year between home and school, kindergarten now represents a child’s first year of formal education. 

About Kindergarten in Salem-Keizer

All Salem-Keizer elementary schools are committed to helping each kindergarten student make as much social and academic progress as possible while developing confidence and a love of learning. School principals and staff are here to help your student take this important first step into education and Dual Language programs are available.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the upcoming school year opens in early March! Enrolling your child in school early allows your child’s school to prepare for the best possible education for your child, including planning for classrooms and teachers, as well as giving your child the time, support and resources to prepare for the incoming school year.

Children who will be five years old on or before Sept. 10, 2024 are eligible to register. For information about registering for kindergarten, call your assigned school or call the Office of K-12 Education at 503-399-2632.

Chat with a Kindergarten Teacher!

Catch our recorded Facebook Live sessions where Salem-Keizer kindergarten teachers answer your questions about registration, school readiness, summer programs, and much more!

The recordings are available to replay on Facebook:

Find Your Student’s Assigned School

If you are not sure which school is in your neighborhood area, find your school based on the address where your child lives with our Find My School and Bus Route app

You can also call the Boundary Information line Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 503-399-3246.

Find My Student's School

Gather Documents Needed to Register

To register a child for kindergarten, we ask families to please provide:

  1. An updated record of your child’s immunizations – See Health & Immunizations for more information
  2. A document to show proof of age
  3. A document to show proof of residence

Complete Your Student's Registration

If you prefer to use a paper form rather than  online registration, you can:

  1. Download the form in English or Spanish.
  2. Next, email your completed registration forms to the Elementary Education office.

Login to ParentVUE to Register Online

Kindergarten Readiness

Getting a great start in school will help your child get a great start in life. Children do better in school and enjoy school more when they enter kindergarten with a few basic skills. If you have questions about how to help your child get ready for kindergarten, please contact your school principal.

Additional Resources

Help Children Get Kindergarten-Ready

  • Hold and use a pencil, crayon and scissors correctly.
  • Write their name with correct capital and lower case letters.
  • Identify numbers, basic shapes, colors and patterns.
  • Learn how to take turns and share with others.
  • Follow simple rules, routines and directions.
  • Identify the letters of the alphabet.

Welcome to Kindergarten Video

Watch our "Welcome to Kindergarten" video in English.