Welcome, future kindergarten families!
We are excited to get to know your child as a person and a learner over the course of their years as a Colchester School District student. The district has two schools that serve students in grades K-2; Union Memorial School is located in the village and Porters Point School is in the bay. Both schools are nearly identical in their physical appearance as well as resources, staffing, and curriculum. Because the two schools are so similar, we pay close attention to enrollment levels to make sure that class sizes are also consistent.
School and Teacher Assignment
With Union Memorial School and Porters Point School being so similar in resources and staffing, it is our goal to make enrollment and subsequent class size between the two schools as equal as possible. Class size is an important factor in students’ achievement and success, and we are making it a priority to ensure all enrolling kindergarteners are placed with a comparable number of students per classroom.
While students generally attend the school located on the side of the town they live, students who live in the middle of town will be placed at the school with lower enrollment to ensure that classes and resources are balanced. Click here to read the Kindergarten School Assignment Letter and see what streets allow students to be assigned to either school. Enrolling kindergartners with siblings already attending one of the schools will be able to attend the same school.
It is our goal to have school assignments completed and families notified by late spring. Classroom and teacher placements generally go out to families in early August.
Ready to Enroll
Registration for kindergarten opens in March. Enrolling children must be 5 years old BEFORE September 1 to enroll. Follow the steps below to complete the online registration process, upload or drop off the required documentation, and attend a kindergarten information event with your child. We look forward to meeting your child and welcoming your family to their school community..
All incoming kindergarten students must have their registration forms approved before the start of the school year. The online registration forms ask for basic demographic information like parent/guardian names and contact information, as well as health information and transportation needs. This information is crucial to the district so that we can adequately plan for the upcoming school year.
The district requires every enrolling student to submit the following documents to start school. The online form allows families to upload a photo of these documents during the online registration process or they may drop copies off at the school or the district’s Central Office. The district MUST have all three documents on file for your child to attend school, there are no exceptions.
In the spring, incoming kindergarteners and their families are welcomed into our elementary schools to get information about the upcoming kindergarten year, tour the building, and meet some of the faculty and staff. We encourage families to register their child online before the welcome event. If you need help creating an account or completing the forms, representatives from our technology department will be also available at the below events.
There are many ways you can get your student excited about kindergarten to help facilitate a smooth transition. Until placement is determined, we suggest talking about both schools equally. We encourage you to drive or walk by both schools, use the weekends to play on both playgrounds, and talk about each school’s mascot (Porters Point is home to Pearson the Panda and Champ lives at Union Memorial!). You can even follow the schools on Instagram to see photos and videos throughout the year: @porters_point_school and @umschamps.