Kindergarten Orientation 2021

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will hold the 2021 Kindergarten Orientation Program in two parts. We will kick off orientation with a registration drive in April. Formal visits to the school or opportunities to hear more specifics about your child's kindergarten experience will occur with each local school in August, 2021.

Special registration and orientation programs are scheduled at elementary schools throughout the county. This year we are holding the registration drive starting in April, and visits and events with schools will occur in August 2021 when the plans for the fall are complete.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kindergarten Orientation?

Kindergarten Orientation typically includes an opportunity to visit the school, help parents enroll their children, including the completion of health forms, and to assist students in becoming acquainted with future friends and the school environment. This year we are separating the orientation and visit from the registration due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please register your child now so that the school can plan for your attendance. Each school will contact enrolled families for an orientation event in August.


Who should attend?

Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2021, and their parents. An Early Entrance to Kindergarten application process is available to serve children who will reach five years old between September 2 and October 15, 2021. Parents who seek early entrance consideration for their children should inquire at their home school.


Which orientation should I attend?

Parents are asked to register children for next year’s kindergarten beginning April 26, 2021. Registration is ongoing throughout the year, but we ask that all families enroll as soon as possible so that schools can plan for appropriate class sizes and staffing for the fall of 2021. Please contact the elementary school that serves their neighborhood. To find out which elementary school serves your area, consult the School Assignment Tool or contact the Boundaries Office.

Getting Started with Kindergarten Online Registration


When does orientation take place at my school?

  • Kindergarten Orientation dates by school will be made available in July, 2021.
  • In advance of your local school orientation, families should register their children for kindergarten.

How do I register my child for Kindergarten?

Getting Started with Kindergarten Online Registration


What happens at Kindergarten Orientation?

At orientation, parents and students will meet the school principal, kindergarten teachers, and other school staff members. There will be fun activities for children and an opportunity for parents to ask questions about the school’s procedures and programs. Kindergarten Orientation is primarily an opportunity for children to look forward to coming to school in August and to begin to build an important partnership between home and school.


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