Welcome to Eastern Carver

County Schools Kindergarten!

Our award-winning kindergarten program accelerates student learning. Your child has the opportunity to discover and learn in the way that works best for him/her through exceptional, personalized learning. Explore our program information below.

If you have questions, please contact our Welcome Center at or call 952-556-6112.

When should my child start kindergarten?

Kindergarten age is considered to be children who will be five years old on or before September 1 of the kindergarten year.

Building & Grounds

Enroll in Kindergarten Now

Click here to begin our online registration forms

Early Childhood Screening

All students entering kindergarten must have completed a free Early Childhood Screening prior to the start of kindergarten.

Bussing Request Form

Busing is provided to and from school based on your home or child care address. View the Alternate Address Bussing Request form.

Club Care

Our school-based child care offers before- and after-school care. Students must first be registered for Kindergarten. 2017-18 Rates available March 2017.

2017-18 School Year Information

Will your student be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2017?

If so, it’s time to get ready for Kindergarten!


Kindergarten Parent Preview Meeting

At these Parent Previews, we discuss all kindergarten options that are available. Meetings for the 2017-18 school year were held in Nov. 2016.

Missed the preview nights?

Call your school office to set up a tour. Use our attendance boundary finder to find your local school.



Required Meetings for La Academia & Kinder Academy

In order to complete your student’s registration for either La Academia or Kinder Academy, parents/guardians must attend a special informational meeting with Principal Lori Beth Warnberg. Call 952-556-6400 to schedule a meeting. 


Kindergarten Sneak-A-Peek in May

Sneak-A-Peek allows you and your child to preview experience of kindergarten at your school. The event will be held at your child’s school on Thursday, May 11. Details will be mailed to your home in April.

To complete your child’s registration, you will need to submit the following to the Welcome Center:

  • Completed registration forms or online registration
  • A copy of your child’s birth certificate
  • Immunization records
  • Complete an Early Childhood Screening before starting Kindergarten


Program Options

Eastern Carver County Schools offers an outstanding all-day kindergarten program. Since children develop in a variety of ways and have different rates of growth, it is important that five-year-olds who enter this program are able to be successful. This program is not child care, but rather a program that is academically stimulating, engaging, motivating and developmentally appropriate for five-year-olds.  The all-day program includes specialist classes such as Physical Education, Music and Art.
La Academia - Spanish Immersion

La Academia website
110600 Village Road
Chaska, MN 55318
Phone: 952-556-6400

Eastern Carver County Schools offers an all-day, dual language immersion kindergarten program. Dual-language is recognized as the ideal setting for second-language acquisition because it combines native and non-native speakers.

In La Academia, our high-quality kindergarten program is taught in English and Spanish. La Academia is a two-way immersion program that combines students from two language groups for instruction in both of their languages. Students have the opportunity to be both first-language models and second-language learners beginning in kindergarten and continuing through fifth grade. Our kindergarten instruction begins with 90% of the core academic instruction in Spanish and 10% in English. As children progress through the grades, the percentages shift until both languages are taught 50% of the day.

A typical day looks very similar to other all-day programs, but the kindergarten curriculum is taught in Spanish. Students work toward the same academic standards and attend specialist classes. Students have access to Club Care before and after school.

This program is available at no cost to families.  Transportation will be provided

Interested parents must attend an informational meeting before registering. Please contact La Academia at 952-556-6400.

Kinder Academy

A kindergarten choice for young 5-year-olds!

What is Kinder Academy?
Kinder Academy is an alternative all-day kindergarten experience targeted to children who turn 5 in the summer. It gives parents an option for those late-birthday kindergarten students who may or may not be are ready for kindergarten. Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1.

The program will follow Eastern Carver County Schools’ kindergarten curriculum. Students who are ready to move on to first grade after one year, based on the teacher’s assessment, will do so. Students who would benefit from an additional year will stay in the program, with the same teacher. The teacher will modify the curriculum for the older children’s developmental level. This multi-age classroom is consistent with Eastern Carver County Schools’ mission of personalized learning and our continuous progress initiative. These older kindergarten students will be mini-leaders in the class and role models to incoming young 5-year-olds. After year two, older students will advance to first grade.

Transportation will be available for Kinder Academy students..

The program is currently housed at Bluff Creek Elementary. Beginning the 2017-18 school year, Kinder Academy will be located in Chaska Elementary.

Parents interested in Kinder Academy are required to attend an informational meeting with Principal Lori Beth Warnberg. Please call 952-556-6400 to set up a meeting.

Who should apply?
Children who turn 5 in the summer are the most likely candidates for this program, but any interested families will be considered. The application process will include consideration of whether a child is ready for this classroom setting. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.

What if someone registered for kindergarten? Can they still get into this program?
Yes, if not all spaces have been filled. Contact the Welcome Center regarding your interest. We will not remove current applications until the parents/guardians attend a required meeting with the principal to learn more about Kinder Academy.

How does this differ from Community Education’s Pre-K Kindergarten Connection program?
Kinder Academy is kindergarten with curriculum modifications based on the academic and social needs of the students. Kinder Academy offers progress into first grade based on student readiness. The program meets five days a week and is offered at no cost to families.

Pre-K Kindergarten Connection, offered through Community Education, combines early childhood programming and kindergarten curriculum, but it is not kindergarten. Students enroll in kindergarten after Kindergarten Connection. Children in Kindergarten Connection attend two to five days a week based on family choice. Kindergarten Connection is a fee-based program.


Early Entrance Information

The Early Entrance provision accommodates the needs of a gifted learner who would be educationally disadvantaged by not beginning kindergarten at an earlier age. Typically, less than one-half of one percent of children qualify for early entrance.  Since this decision is so important, our goal is to be very careful and admit only those children who meet stringent criteria. It is not advantageous for a child to enter school early unless we can predict with assurance that the child will be successful not only in kindergarten, but in the twelve years that follow. Factors we examine to determine a child’s appropriate placement include physical health, emotional maturity, social adjustment, and intelligence.

For more information about Early Entrance, please contact the Welcome Center at or call 952-556-6112.


Planning to attend a different school or hold your child until the next year?

If your child will not be attending Eastern Carver County Schools in the fall, please let us know by calling 952-556-6137.

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Contact Information

Joan Thomes
Welcome Center Coordinator
(952) 556-6112
Rita Mortensen
(952) 556-6100
Rachel Annala
(952) 556-6100
David Brecht
Student Services Supervisor
(952) 556-6141