Kindergarten Registration in Las Vegas Now Under Way

LAS VEGAS - Parents need to act now to get their children's education started on the right foot. Only a few days remain to sign up for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

Schools are doing anything they can to get the word out. Las Vegas Day School has erected a banner near Desert Inn Road and Jones Boulevard to remind parents the clock is ticking.

Parents have two weeks to register. By the end of the month, Clark County schools will stop allowing students into full-day kindergarten classes.

Learn More About Kindergarten Options

Many first-time parents aren't aware the school district offers full-day and half-day kindergarten or that kindergarten is not mandated by the state.

Only 53 CCSD schools offer full-day kindergarten, and it comes with a price tag. To sign your child up, you need to pay a $100 registration fee and $375 a month… totaling $3,100.

If you are looking for pre-kindergarten classes, private schools like Las Vegas Day School offer them for approximately $12,000. School administrators say although it might cost you some money, having some experience in the classroom before first grade is crucial to a child's education.

"Usually, a student's first experience in school is kindergarten. If it's not until first grade, there's a lot of adjusting that has to be done, a lot of socializing and just getting used to what school is," said Nate Mack Elementary School Principal Nancy Heavey.

The schedules offered for kindergarten differ. If you choose to go the free route, your child gets the same daily school work as the kids going for the full day, but teachers have to cram the material into two and a half hours a day.

The full-day students get more practice, more support and more time - more than six hours of instruction in social studies, science, music and physical education.


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