Kindergartners at a reading station.
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Welcome to Kindergarten!

Starting kindergarten is a major milestone for children and their families. It marks the starting point of a thirteen year journey, and we are excited to help build the educational foundation for your child. Your child’s kindergarten year will be filled with fun, lots of learning, and growth – both academically and socially!

Kindergartners walking single file to their classroom.
Full day kindergarten offered at all Chesapeake Elementary and Primary schools! (photo archive)

Full Day Kindergarten

All primary and elementary schools within Chesapeake Public Schools offer full day kindergarten programs! School opening and closing times vary throughout our district, and our kindergarten program adheres to the district school calendar.

Is your child ready for Kindergarten?

If your child meets all the requirements for kindergarten enrollment but you have questions on whether your student is ready – we have some resources to help. Review this checklist of skills – this checklist is a tool to help you review your child’s academic skills and temperament. We also invite you to view this short video featuring Principal Sonya Beasley.

Requirements for Kindergarten enrollment

Kindergartners walking single file back to class from the school library.
Visit our Student Enrollment page to review required documentation for kindergarten enrollment. (photo archive)
  • You must be a current resident in Chesapeake. Use our School Zone Lookup Tool to verify the school zoned for your home address.
  • Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 30 of their kindergarten year.
  • Parent/guardian must present all enrollment documentation.
  • Once the initial online enrollment is complete, the child’s zoned school will contact the parent/guardian to schedule an evaluation. (District kindergarten screening procedures are currently under review. We are closely monitoring current safety guidance and mitigation strategies to ensure the safety of our student, their families, and our staff.)

How to enroll your child for Kindergarten

Online registration for the 2023-2024 school year opens on Monday, April 3, 2023. Visit our student enrollment page to register your student online. While completing the online registration process for your kindergartner, please ensure that you:

  • Use your existing ParentVUE account. If you do not have a ParentVUE account, select CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT.

Important Tip: When creating a new ParentVUE account, be sure to use the drop-down selector tools to enter your home address. For example – for your street address, type in the road name but select the road type (Drive, Lane, Road, etc.) using the drop-down selector tool!

  • Select the appropriate grade level. There are two options for kindergarten – ‘K’ and ‘KG’:
    – Select KG if you are enrolling your child for the next school year
    – Select K if you are enrolling your child for the school year currently in progress

Important Tip: If your child is currently enrolled in a CPS Early Childhood SPED program or the Chesapeake Preschool Initiative (CPI), you do not need to register them for kindergarten. However, updated health physicals and vaccination records are required. For new student enrollments, families will be able to upload the necessary registration documents near the end of the online registration process.

Kindergartner raising hand in classroom.
Parents are notified in mid-August with teacher assignments via ParentVUE. (photo archive)