Kindergarten

KINDERGARTEN
KinderlogoThe Kuna School District wants all kindergarteners and their families to thrive in a loving, safe and supportive environment. Teachers and staff will develop and nurture each child’s learning potential through academic excellence and social development. We strive to use best practices to meet individual needs of kindergarten students and their families to become successful lifelong learners. 

The district offers a variety of schedules and programs in order to best meet the needs of families in our community. 

Kindergarten registration for the 2017 - 2018 school year, Now Open.
Follow these TWO important steps to complete your registration ~

1. Complete the Online Registration Form.  English   Spanish

2. Stop by the elementary school in your attendance zone to provide the school with an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, proof of address and immunization records.  English List   -   Spanish List

If you bring in the originals of these documents, the school can make copies for you. Even if you have applied for the Dual Language program or the All Day Every Day program, please bring your registration documents to the school in your attendance zone. To determine which school attendance zone you live in, please see the Kuna School District Boundaries listed on the front page of district website under the word "District." 

Each elementary school will be hosting a Kindergarten Welcome events on May 1, 2017 from 12:00pm until 7:00pm. More information about this event will be posted and sent to kindergarten families as details are planned. 

Kuna Kindergarten
The State of Idaho provides funding for all students in Idaho to receive either a half day of school every day or a whole day of school every other day. Schools in Kuna work with their individual parent communities to determine a kindergarten schedule that best meets the needs of their school community. Kindergarten registration data gives principals the information they need to determine the best schedule and number of kindergarten classrooms needed. The Kuna School District is presently experiencing rapid population growth. Planning for our large number of enrolling kindergarten students is an extensive planning process.

The Kindergarten curriculum is based on the Idaho Content Standards. Students learn foundational skills in reading, writing and mathematics integrated with content from science and social studies. Technology standards are also embedded in the core instructional program. The Kuna Kindergarten Curriculum is based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children standards as well as the Idaho Early Learning Guidelines. (links: NAEYC Standards and Idaho Early Learning eGuidelines).

Dual Language Program
The Kuna School District is proud to offer a Dual Language Program, which begins in Kindergarten and continues through high school. In the Dual Language Program, students are empowered to become lifelong bilingual, biliterate, and multicultural leaders and learners who will excel in career and life opportunities using Spanish and English. In the kindergarten year, students will learn the Kuna School District kindergarten curriculum, but they will learn content and complete assignments in both Spanish and English. Students do not need to be Spanish speakers before entering Kindergarten to be in the Dual Language Kindergarten. 

All Day Every Day Kindergarten
Research in education has shown that students who attend all day every day kindergarten programs have higher academic achievement than students who attend half day or every other day programs. The Kuna School District is pleased to offer an All Day Every Day program. Because we receive no state funding to pay for this program, we charge a tuition of $250 a month. Students in the All Day Every Day kindergarten program have extended instructional time to learn the Kuna School District kindergarten curriculum. This extended instructional time allows students to practice foundational reading, writing and mathematics skills in a variety of formats such as games, small groups or centers. Teachers use enrichment themes to connect skill development to topics of interest for kindergarten students such as space or pumpkins. The All Day Every Day schedule matches the elementary school schedule for a full day of school every day. If you would like to sign your child up for the All Day Every Day program, please complete this Contract and the Authorization Form.  

Kindergrow - Kuna KinderGrow Google Site

KinderGrow provides students an additional 13 hours per week of academic, social-emotional, and recreational enrichment. Students qualify for this program through kindergarten screening assessments conducted at the beginning of the year. This program is focused on preparing students and their families for academic and social success. 

Transportation
The Kuna School District provides busing for all students who live outside of walking distance to school. The district works closely with daycares in our community to provide bussing to daycares for our young students. See the district transportation webpage for more information on bus routes from schools. 

Open Enrollment
Open enrollment is the process used to enroll students who live outside of the Kuna School District boundaries. It is also used to apply to enroll in a school outside of your school attendance zone. Presently, the Kuna School District is experiencing rapid growth. Each school building is being used at full capacity and classes are full with students from within each school’s attendance zone. Space in schools for students applying for open enrollment is extremely limited. If you would like to apply for open enrollment in a Kuna School District school, see the Open Enrollment webpage for more information on this process and policy.