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Irene Garneau
Department Supervisor of Early Childhood

Transition to Kindergarten


Parents of the West Hartford Kindergarten Class of 2019-2020:


A child must be 5 years old on or before January 1st of the academic school year to be eligible to attend public school in West Hartford. Most schools begin their kindergarten screening and orientation process between March and May for the next school year. If you are unsure as to which school year your child will attend, choose from the following:

If you were not able to attend the town wide meeting on January 28th please find the presentation here:

Transition to Kindergarten Slides


Kindergarten Orientation Schedule for 2019


Orientation: Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:30pm
Registration: Monday, April 29, 2019 and Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Orientation: Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Registration: Thursday, May 9, 2019 and Friday, May 10, 2019

Orientation: Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Registration: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 and Thursday, May 2, 2019

Charter Oak International Academy
Orientation: Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Registration: Thursday, May 16, 2019 and Friday, May 17, 2019

Orientation: Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:45 pm
Registration: Monday, April 22, 2019 and Tuesday, April 23, 2019 and Thursday, April 25, 2019

Orientation: Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Registration: Monday, May 6, 2019 and Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Orientation: Thursday,  April 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Registration: Monday, May 13, 2019 and Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Smith STEM 
Orientation: Thursday, April. 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Registration: Thursday, May 30, 2019 and Friday, May 31, 2019

Webster Hill 
Orientation: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Registration: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Whiting Lane 
Orientation: Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Registration: Thursday, May 23, 2019 and Friday, May 24, 2019

Orientation: Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Registration: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 and Wednesday, April 17, 2019


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Breakfast and Lunch

Elementary school cafeterias offer nutritious hot meals to students each day. Menus are sent home monthly so you can plan with your child. In your child’s first day of school packet, you will receive additional information on meal and snack prices and payment information, including an application for free or reduced-price meals. More information about the meal program, payment, borrowing, and prices.

Summer Practice Bus Ride Information

Prior to the start of school a bus ride is scheduled to familiarize New pre-kindergarten (Charter Oak International Academy, Smith STEM, Webster Hill) and kindergarten students who are eligible for transportation with the feel of riding a school bus for the first time. 


The program is not the actual school bus route and the driver is not your child's actual driver.


The Transportation Provider is First Student, Inc.
860 953 2030


WHPS Transportation Coordinator: Damaris Torres
860 561 6647

Residency Requirements

All students must register in the Residency Office (Town Hall 134) before they are admitted to or evaluated by the West Hartford Public Schools. View the information regarding necessary documentation and contact information.

Immunization Requirements


Pre-school children entering school at age 3 should have a physical updated yearly. Flu shots are required for all preschool aged students prior to January 1 each year. Up-to-date immunizations are required by the State Department of Education and the State Department of Health.


In accordance with Connecticut State Law and Town of West Hartford policy, a health assessment is required prior to public school enrollment and in grades PreKindergarten, Kindergarten, 3, 6, and 10. A physical examination includes height, weight and blood pressure; hematocrit/hemoglobin lab studies; vision, hearing, speech and gross dental screenings; updating of immunizations and chronic disease assessment. The health assessment information must be on the State of Connecticut Health Assessment Record Form (form HAR-3)

GRASP Summer Program

G.R.A.S.P. (Get Ready at Summer Pre-School) at Whiting Lane Elementary School


This program is for children entering Kindergarten in Summer 2018.
Experience early learning skills such as

  • paying attention
  • following instructions
  • taking turns
  • completing tasks
  • improving small & large motor skills
  • enjoying music
  • fun projects
  • making friends

Transportation is available for eligible students. For more information about dates, cost, and how to register, please call The West Hartford Continuing and Summer Education Office at 561-6900.


Expectations for children entering Kindergarten

Staff from West Hartford Public Schools and our community providers have collaborated to create a document outlining expectations for entering Kindergarten. To learn more about what your child will be doing in Kindergarten, and ways you can get ready, click here.

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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