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Kindergarten

Foundational academics, social-emotional learning, and navigating more independence in daily routines are just a few highlights of Kindergarten. 

Kindergarten is a time for students to get acclimated to school, make friends, and have fun learning while doing. Time in the classroom–and recess time–builds relationships, hones lifelong skills, and fosters a positive attitude toward learning.

Fun hands-on enrichment activities in math and science, skill building in language arts, early digital literacy opportunities, and introductions to arts and music are provided to students as they learn the structures of the classroom.  

Everything from observing insects in the garden to finger painting to adding and subtracting or writing class poetry is just part of a Kindergartener’s day!

Students turning five years of age by September 1 of the school year are eligible for Kindergarten.

Basic Content Standards and Goals

Kinder Student Looking at Camera at Henry Ford School
Kinder Students at Orion Alternative

English Language Arts/Literacy

Lessons are organized around four main areas in ELA: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Students are exposed to a variety of literature and informational texts, building comprehension skills and fostering a love of reading. Kindergarten students learn effective expression and key literacy skills.

Mathematics

Kindergarten math lessons focus on representing and understanding numbers and problems, often with use of objects and through real-world situations. Students also begin to explore and describe geometric ideas in their environment. Students build conceptual understanding, strengthen math vocabulary, and learn problem solving strategies in basic math.

Science / Engineering

Students investigate, explore, and discover the world around them and how it works through the eyes of a scientist. They are encouraged to think like scientists and engineers as they are introduced to the areas of life science, physical science, earth and space science, and engineering.

Integrated across curriculum, STEAM activities introduce Kindergarteners to programming and coding using scannable wooden blocks on touch screen devices.

Arts and Music

Lessons in arts and music offer students the opportunity to create and express themselves and to connect with others. Students learn new skill sets while exploring culture, history and community.

Lessons are organized around four main areas in ELA: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Students are exposed to a variety of literature and informational texts, building comprehension skills and fostering a love of reading. Kindergarten students learn effective expression and key literacy skills.

Sample Kindergarten Schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30-8:45 am Morning Community Meeting Morning Community Meeting Morning Community Meeting Morning Message Morning Community Meeting
8:45-9:00 am Calendar, Question of the Day, Song 8:45-9:35 am: Language Arts Calendar, Question of the Day, Song 8:45-9:35 am: Language Arts Calendar, Question of the Day, Song
9:00-9:55 am Language Arts 9:30-10:00 P.E. Language Arts 9:30-10:00 P.E. Language Arts
10:00-10:20 am Morning Recess Morning Recess Morning Recess Morning Recess Morning Recess
10:20-11:20 am Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics
11:20-11:58 am Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:00-12:15 pm Storytime Storytime Storytime Storytime Storytime
12:15-1:00 pm Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies
1:00-1:15 pm Afternoon Recess Afternoon Recess Afternoon Recess Afternoon Recess Afternoon Recess
1:15-1:50 pm STEAM Class Exploration Time (Art, STEAM, Imaginative Play) Exploration Time (Art, STEAM, Imaginative Play) 1:30 pm Dismissal 1:00-1:35 pm: Library & 1:35-1:50 pm: Free Choice 
2:00 pm Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal

 

Enrolling in Kindergarten in RCSD Schools

Redwood City School District (RCSD) offers Kindergarten at all of its seven neighborhood schools:

  • Clifford School,

  • Garfield School, 

  • Henry Ford School,

  • Hoover School, 

  • Roosevelt School, 

  • Roy Cloud School, and

  • Taft School

Families can find their assigned neighborhood school using their address on the school locator.

The school district also offers kindergarten in its immersion programs, Mandarin Immersion and Spanish Immersion as well as its Parent Co-Op program. The Spanish Immersion program is housed at Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School while the Mandarin Immersion and the Parent Co-Op programs are housed at Orion Alternative School. 

Documents Needed:

To complete your student’s registration, you will need to upload the following: 

  • Student’s birth certificate or passport
  • Student’s immunization record

  • Two different documents for proof of address (e.g. recent utility bills, rental agreements, bank statements, etc. in parent/guardian’s name OR a signed and dated letter from landlord or renter and recent bills in their name)

  • Parent or guardian’s photo ID (i.e. driver’s license or passport)

Please note: Your application will be completed once all documents have been uploaded and received by RCSD. Once all documents have been turned in, RCSD will then process registration for placement.