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Kindergarten Registration and Screening

As we begin the new year, we begin planning for our 2019-2020 enrollment.  Along with that comes kindergarten registration and screening.  If you have a child or know of friends/family with children that will be five years of age on or before September 30, 2019, they are eligible to enroll.  Defiance City Schools offers two kindergarten-aged programs.  Our regular kindergarten program is open to all children with birthdays before September 30.  We also offer our KinderStart program, which is designed for children with late spring or summer birthdays that still meet the September 30 cutoff.

Open registration begins during the month of March.  Please call the school at (419) 785-2260 and select the K-2 side.  Our secretary, Mrs. Doenges, will assist you with a screening date held during the week of April 8-11.  We do offer evening hours on Tuesday, April 9th; however, all other testing will occur during the school/work day.

If you have any questions, feel free to call.

Mentoring Opportunities at DES!

If you would like to spend some quality time with one of our KinderStart-Fifth grade students, we have several mentoring opportunities available to you throughout the school year.   Click on the link below to get started.  We will need you to complete the application and return it to our Defiance County Mentoring Supervisor.  They will process your application, do a quick background check, offer training and you're all set!  We ask that you visit with your assigned student at least once a month, but encourage once a week (avg. time is 30 minutes).  This is a great opportunity to give back to your community and build the self-esteem of a child at the same time!  Win-Win!

Upcoming Events at DES

March 1  - Kindergarten Registration All Month (Call 785-2260 to Register)


March 1 - K-2 Dr. Seuss Day


March 1 - Grade 3 Donuts for Dads 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

March 7 - Night of the Arts @ DES 6:00-7:30 p.m.

March 8 - Grade 4 Donuts for Dads 7:30-8:30 a.m.

March 12 - PTO @ 6:00 p.m. Elementary Library

March 15 - Grade 5 Donuts for Dads 7:30-8:30 a.m. 

March 16 - PTO Mother/Son Event @ 5:30 p.m.

Mach 21 - Grade 4 Fundraiser Kickoff

March 21 - Camp Storer Informational Meeting - Grade 4 Parents @ 6:00 p.m. 

March 22 - End of Third Nine Weeks

March 25 - 29 - Spring Break

Looking Ahead

April 1 - School Resumes


April 8 -11 - Kindergarten Screening (Call for your appointment)


April 19 - NO SCHOOL Good Friday


April 23 - Scheduled Two-Hour Delay, Teacher In-Service


April 24 - Grades 1 and 2 to Ft. Wayne TinCap Baseball Game


Defiance City Schools has central registration.  If you need to enroll your child for the 2018-19 school year, please visit our central office located on Arabella St. inside the old jr. high school.  You will need the following information to enroll your child:
Birth Certificate
Social Security Number
Immunization Record
Custody Papers (if applicable) 
Proof of Residency (lease agreement, utility bill) 
We look forward to meeting our new Bulldogs!

2018-19 Scheduled Two-Hour Delays for Teacher Professional Development

We attempt to schedule our two-hour delays on the last Tuesday of each month; however, we do have two exceptions at the end of the school year.  Please note the dates below: 
Tuesday, September 25
Tuesday, October 30
Tuesday, November 27
Tuesday, January 29
Tuesday, February 26
Tuesday, April 23
Tuesday, May 21

Hours of Operation and Book Fees

The Defiance Elementary School day runs from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Our doors unlock at 8:30 a.m. for arrival.
On scheduled two-hour delay days, our doors open at 10:30 a.m. for arrival. 
Book fees for elementary students are $52.00.

Defiance City Schools Safety Forum

Phone Numbers

Elementary  419-785-2260
K-2 Fax         419-785-2261
3-5 Fax          419-785-2262

18-19 Class Supply Lists

Changes to Attendance per HB 410

Elementary Calendar


Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration

Night of the Arts Festival for Grades 6-12

NOTA Festival for Grades 6-12

End of Third Grading Period

End of Third Grading Period

NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Ohio's State Testing Grades 3-5

State Testing Grades 3-5


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