Transition Kindergarten

The West Valley School District offers a program during the second semester of the school year to provide early learning for students not currently enrolled in preschool who will turn five prior to February 1 and are expected to attend kindergarten in the fall.

The program provides a free, full-day transition Kindergarten experience called Jump Start to Kindergarten (Jump Start K). The program is located inside Wide Hollow Elementary and can accommodate 21 students from across the District. Families are required to provide transportation.

Placement is based on the following criteria:

  • Are they currently in a preschool or early learning setting?
  • Do they qualify for Free/Reduced meals?
  • Do they qualify for the Transitional Bilingual Education Program?
  • Are they turning 5 years old prior to February 1?
  • Do they reside in West Valley School District?

If your student meets the criteria above, please download and complete our Transition Kindergarten Application below. You may return your application to Shelly Jaeger - contact information below.

The deadline for this application is early December.



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Shelly Jaeger - Secretary

Waterford UPSTART

All families who will have a student entering Kindergarten in the fall can sign-up for the Waterford UPSTART program for no cost. This program will provide online software for early learning at home. Families who need a Chromebook and/or internet access will be provide this, as well, for no cost.

UPSTART will be provided for students in the summer – June, July, and August – to prepare them for Kindergarten in the fall.

To register for the Waterford UPSTART program, please use the contact information below:



Students turning five by August 31st are eligible for kindergarten. WVSD Kindergarten programs are full-day programs. If you have concerns about your child’s readiness for kindergarten, please feel free to fill out and submit this kindergarten readiness checklist and the District can help you determine if your child is ready for this step.

Kindergarten registration begins the Monday of Conference Week in the spring. Once you identify the school boundary in which you reside, check that school calendar for conference dates.