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Kindergarten Registration and Screening Dates

Kindergarten registration for children entering Defiance City Schools next fall will begin on Friday, March 1 and run through Friday, March 29.  To register your child for kindergarten, parents simply need to call the school office at (419) 785-2260 and select the K-2 building. Parents will select a screening date and time during their registration call.


Children are eligible for kindergarten if they will be five years of age on or before September 30, 2023.  The actual screening of incoming students will take place April 9-11.  On Tuesday, April 9, we will screen from 1:30-7:00 p.m. All other screenings will take place during the school day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Children will be assessed for hearing, vision, speech and language concerns.  Children will also be given an academic and play-based assessment.


Defiance City Schools offers two kindergarten-aged programs, an early-five program (KinderStart) and regular Kindergarten.  Both are all day, every day programs.  After each child’s screening, a team of academic professionals will meet and gather their findings.  A recommendation will be made to parents regarding placement for their child.


Important papers for parents to begin collecting for the screening appointment include a valid birth certificate, immunization records, a social security number, proof of residency and any applicable custody papers.  These documents are not required for the screening process; however, they will be required before school begins in August.

Important Upcoming Events:

February 16 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice Day
February 19 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day
March 1-31 - Kindergarten Registration - Call 419-785-2260 to schedule your screening appointment!
March 2 - PTO Father/Daughter Dance
March 16 - PTO Mother/Son Event
March 19 - 2nd Grade Music Program
March 25-29 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
April 8 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
April 9-11 - Kindergarten Screening
Please check this website frequently for upcoming events and other important information.  The monthly newsletters can also be found under the ElemNews link on the left.  To spare copy costs, we will only print the August/September newsletter. The remainder will be located online.

If you would like to participate in our PTO, please plan to attend  our monthly meetings held on the second Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the elementary library.  All are welcome!


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Kindergarten Registration and Screening Dates

If your child will be five years of age by September 30, 2024, please call the K-2 Office throughout the month of March to register for kindergarten for the 2024-25 school year. 

When you call, we will gather basic information about your son/daughter.  In addition, a screening appointment will be made for April 9, 10 or 11.  During your April appointment, you will bring your child to the school with you.  Our teachers will complete several assessments (vision, hearing, motor skills, academics, speech/language and play).

An appointment confirmation will be mailed to you along with instructions to complete our online registration.  If you do not complete the online registration at home, you will have time to do it while your child is being screened.

Begin gathering the following paperwork for your April visit:

  1. Official Birth Certificate
  2. Immunization Record
  3. Social Security Card (or Number)
  4. Custody Papers (if applicable)
  5. Proof of Residency (bill with your address)
NOTE:  You may still register your child and attend the screening without these documents.  However, we will need them before they can begin school in August.

Interested in becoming a mentor....

Want to make a difference in a child's life? Looking to give back to the community? Volunteer's are needed to mentor for Defiance Elementary School!! If interested, please fill out this application and return to Defiance Elementary School.

To learn more about our program, click on the attached pamphlet.

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