Parents/guardians are encouraged to enroll their child as soon as possible to allow their child to participate in key events leading up to the start of kindergarten
It’s time to enroll next year’s kindergartners. Online enrollment is open for children who will attend Battle Ground Public Schools next year. Any child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2023, is eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall.
Parents/guardians will need proof of their child’s birth date (such as a birth certificate) and a signed and completed Washington state certificate of immunization status form or certificate of exemption. Please note that the state of Washington requires that immunization records be medically verified. Families can find out which school their child will attend by using the Clark County Property Information Center or by calling the district boundaries office at (360) 885-6577.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to enroll their child as soon as possible to allow their child to participate in key events leading up to the start of kindergarten, including kindergarten orientation and JumpStart.
Kindergarten orientation schedules
Enrolled students and their families will be invited to attend a kindergarten orientation in the spring where they can get to know their school and learn more about the kindergarten program. Your child’s future school will contact you with specific dates, times and locations after enrollment is complete.
JumpStart is a four-day program that helps kindergarten students get acclimated to school. This year’s JumpStart dates are Aug. 14-17. JumpStart space is limited and determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. Families must complete kindergarten enrollment to be eligible for JumpStart participation.
2023-24 school calendar and start of school
School will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023; however, kindergartners will have a staggered start. This allows small groups of students to get acclimated to the school environment in the first couple of days of school before beginning to attend school full time. Parents will receive a letter before the start of school about their child’s start date. Sept. 5, 2023, will be the first full day of school for kindergartners. See the 2023-24 school year calendar.
Before and after-school care
The district has partnered with Right At School to provide before- and after-school care at its primary schools from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day that school is in session.
Online learning kindergarten
BGPS offers a free online learning option that uses a web-based curriculum with interactive activities and videos, hands-on activities and workbooks. All curriculum is provided to parents/guardians, and lessons are delivered online. Schedules are flexible, with 24/7 platform access throughout the school year. Students engage in 30 hours of learning activities per week. The student experience includes one weekly classroom experience delivered virtually or in person. A parent or guardian will help their child with lessons and other online activities, monitor progress, communicate with a teacher and attend advising sessions. Learn more by calling (360) 334-8261 or completing the interest/application form.
River HomeLink offers a variety of learning options, from home-based instruction to on-campus classes.
- The in-person option offers two half-day in-person kindergarten classes and three days of instruction at home. All curriculum materials are provided. Families meet with staff once per month for advising, planning and consultation. Volunteering is required two days per month.
- In the PrimeLink option, families receive weekly advice to assist in the planning, implementing and reporting of their child’s educational journey. If needed, staff will provide an approved curriculum appropriate for each child’s learning level. Students can attend on-campus elective classes throughout the school year.
- The home-based instruction option includes an initial meeting with an adviser. Curriculum and ongoing advising are not provided. Parents provide all of the curriculum for at-home learning, after selecting from the district’s approved curriculum list. Students have the option of taking electives. Students can attend on-campus elective classes throughout the school year.
Learn more about River HomeLink’s options and apply online.
Battle Ground Public Schools will offer Transitional Kindergarten for 4-year-olds. The program is available at no cost to children who will be 4 years old by Aug. 31 and meet the eligibility requirements. Apply by June 16.
Transitional Kindergarten will be offered at Daybreak Primary, Glenwood Heights, Tukes Valley Primary and Yacolt campuses. Additional sites may be added for the 2023-24 school year.
Battle Ground Public Schools also offers preschool options for early learners. Prairie High School, Battle Ground High School and the BGPS Community Education Department offer tuition-based preschool programs for ages 3-5. In addition, Battle Ground Public Schools offers early intervention programs and services for children ages 3-5 who are identified for special education services. Learn more and compare options.
Information provided by Battle Ground School District.
- Opinion: Early response to Washington’s capital gains excise tax (AKA income tax) court rulingJason Mercier of the Washington Policy Center offers reactions from around the state on the state Supreme Court decision on the capital gains income tax.
- House’s nearly $70 billion operating budget includes Inslee’s housing referendumThe Washington State House of Representatives has rolled out its proposed $69.5 billion operating budget for the 2023-25 biennium that makes investments in housing, education and behavioral health.
- Opinion: Be ready for an income decrease: WA Cares’ payroll tax is 94 days awayElizabeth Hovde of the Washington Policy Center believes the state shouldn’t be dictating which life Washingtonians need to save for and how.
- ‘Death of our justice system’: Critics object to WA bill on clemency and pardonsSome critics say that will result in violent felons being released early and further erode public safety.
- Driver in fatal collision identifiedCamas resident Corey Hermance was identified by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s office as the driver in Sunday’s single-vehicle collision.
- Councilor Michelle Belkot to hold first town hall for District 2 with Sheriff John HorchCrime has been in the news often in Hazel Dell and other District 2 areas of Clark County and Councilor Michelle Belkot is inviting area citizens to attend her first town hall to talk about it.
- Woodland student from TEAM High School organizes Poetry Slam for classmates to share inspiring poetryLue Morgan, a senior at Woodland Public Schools’ alternative TEAM High School, organized an evening poetry slam as a way for them and their classmates to have an opportunity to share their creativity and to have their voices heard on the evening of March 1.