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Frequently Asked Questions about Kindergarten

posted Mar 10, 2014, 6:51 AM by Dianne Georgantas

Does Longmeadow offer Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) or Half Day Kindergarten (HDK)?

  • Longmeadow offers both HDK & FDK

Is there a charge for Full Day Kindergarten? Has there always been a charge for FDK?

  • The charge for FDK for 2014-2015 is $3,000. This has been lowered from the previous fee of $4,100.

Why is there a fee for FDK? Our neighboring school districts do not charge a fee.

  • The town of Longmeadow, due to its socio-economic indicators, does not qualify for any state or federal funding for Kindergarten education. Our neighboring towns all receive state funding to supplement FDK.

Does the state of Massachusetts require FDK for all students?

  • Massachusetts school districts are required to offer half-day kindergarten, but student attendance is not mandatory. Massachusetts children are not required to attend school until age 6. Massachusetts does not require FDK at this time.

How many slots are available for FDK?

  • For the 2014-2015 school year, any family wishing to enroll their child in FDK is able to do so. Prior to the 2014-2015 school year, slots were available only via a lottery system. Due to space issues in our elementary schools, Kindergarten registration is time sensitive. If you wish to enroll your child in FDK after the registration deadline, you may do so, but you will not be guaranteed space at your home school.

Are there any discounts available?

  • For those families for whom tuition would cause hardship, we do offer assistance by means of a sliding scale. Further information can be found at http://sites.longmeadow.k12.ma.us/www/news/fulldaykindergartenslidingscale
  • For those families who have multiple children who will be attending the FDK program during the same year (ie, twins, triplets, etc), a discount of 10% for each additional child will be given.

What will the curriculum look like?

  • Both Half Day Kindergarten and Full Day Kindergarten programs will cover the same curriculum. Due to the differing amount of time that the children are in school, the Full Day Kindergarten students will have more time to explore and delve deeper into content, have more repetition and have time to focus on play. Sample daily schedules for both sections can be found at http://sites.longmeadow.k12.ma.us/www/news/pre-enrollmentforkindergarten2014-2015

 

What will my child learn in Kindergarten?

  • With the full implementation of Common Core, adopted by the state, the skills that students should possess upon completion of Kindergarten can be found on the District website at http://sites.longmeadow.k12.ma.us/www/news/kindergartenfactscommoncorestandards

Will all 3 elementary schools offer both FDK & HDK?

  • All 3 elementary schools will offer FDK
  • The number and location of the HDK will be based on enrollment numbers.  
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