Modified school choice process focuses on neighborhood options
Providence public school registration for fall kindergarten has opened and will run through May 21, 2021. Students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2021 in order to qualify for placement.
Kindergarten placement will be decided by lottery, but most school choices this year will be limited to neighborhood elementary schools or the two schools closest to a family’s official residence. The lottery will be run in early June.
Families interested in enrolling their kindergartners in one of the district’s bilingual or dual language programs are not limited to requesting neighborhood schools. This fall, bilingual options for kindergarten will be offered at William D’Abate Elementary and Feinstein Elementary at Sackett Street. Dual language options for kindergarten will be offered at Leviton Dual Language Academy and Fortes/Lima and Carl G. Lauro Elementary Schools. Due to construction at the current Frank D. Spaziano Annex, the Spaziano Elementary Dual Language kindergarten will also be held at Lauro Elementary for the 2021-22 school year.
Families can begin the registration process online now at www.providenceschools.org/prereg. Families will need to upload images of immunization records, a valid parent/guardian ID and proof of residency, as well as documentation verifying the student’s age. Registration staff will reach out to each individual family to complete the registration process. For assistance, families can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-456-9297.
Families of students with existing Individualized Education Programs should provide a copy of the IEP. Additional testing for multilingual learners will be scheduled at a later date.
Families whose children qualified for kindergarten for the 2020-21 year but did not attend due to pandemic-related concerns will be expected to enroll in kindergarten for the fall. If those families want their children to attend first grade in the fall, they must test out of kindergarten in order to qualify. More information on first-grade placement testing will be available in the spring.