Darien Elementary preschool teacher Stephaine Krueger works with a group of students on their reading.
DELAVAN — Parents looking for great educational opportunities for their incoming 4-year-old kindergarten or 5-year-old kindergarten children should come to the Delavan-Darien School District’s Enrollment Day on Wednesday, April 29, at Phoenix Middle School, 414 Beloit St., Delavan.
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Two enrollment sessions for the 2015-16 school year are available that day, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The sessions are for preschool and kindergarten students who have not previously attended Delavan-Darien Schools. Students should attend an enrollment session with their parent or guardian.
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Delavan-Darien offers the county’s only comprehensive English/Spanish Dual Language Education Program, as well as a district-wide one-to-one technology program.
Top-notch teachers leading students in a diverse, multi-cultural environment also gives Delavan-Darien students opportunities and experiences not available at other area schools. As students get older, state-of-the-art athletics facilities, a plethora of extracurricular and enrichment offerings and dozens of opportunities for college credit await to add value to students’ Delavan-Darien experience.
Students living outside district boundaries are encouraged to enroll through the state’s Open Enrollment option and take advantage of the tremendous opportunities offered at Delavan-Darien Schools.
Parents/guardians able to attend the Enrollment Day event should bring their child(ren) and the following documents:
- Child’s Birth Certificate or Passport
- Proof of Residency (i.e. utility or cable bill, lease agreement, mortgage payment)
- Parent/Guardian Photo Identification
- Child’s Immunization Record (provide within 30 days)
Enrollment is also available at the child’s school of residence after April 29. Open enrolling students should visit the school district’s administration center, 324 Beloit St., Delavan.
Children who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2015, are eligible for the full day Kindergarten program, which includes the optional Dual Language Education Program. By law, all children must complete a 5-year-old kindergarten program to enroll in first grade.
Preschool, or 4-year-old kindergarten, is for those students who will be four years of age on or before September 1, 2015, are eligible to attend one of our four-year-old programs:
- A half-day, every day (morning or afternoon) Dual Language Education Program at Turtle Creek Elementary School.
- A half-day, every day (morning or afternoon) monolingual program in a regular classroom setting.
The Dual Language Education Program in preschool and kindergarten is open to all students no matter their address, heritage or primary language. Transportation is provided to in-district students living in the Darien or Wileman elementary school attendance areas. Students in the preschool dual language program receive 90 percent of their instruction in Spanish and 10 percent in English. By kindergarten, the ratio reduces to 80 percent Spanish and 20 percent English. The trend continues through third grade when it is a 50/50 mix of the two languages. It stays at that mix through high school. The classrooms are made up primarily of a mixture of native English speakers and native Spanish speakers.
The monolingual classrooms teach in English only. Students who are non-native English speakers receive additional assistance from certified English Language Learner teachers.
For more enrollment preschool and kindergarten information, contact Pupil Services Director Sara Halberg, 262-728-2642 ext. 4807, or Director of Language Acquisition Ron Sandoval at ext. 4814. Also, visit www.ddschools.org or www.ddschools.org/district/registration, where you can download enrollment materials to get started on the process in advance of Enrollment Day.