San Marino Unified School District

Kindergarten Information & FAQs
Kindergarten Registration

San Marino Unified School District
All completed forms and documents must be presented in order to register!

1. Read this first! Welcome to Kindergarten Registration!
2. Who may attend San Marino Schools?
3.Can a child who is not a resident attend San Marino Schools?
4. When is my child eligible to attend kindergarten or first grade?
5. If my child does not meet the age requirements for kindergarten or first grade, can he/she be accelerated?
6. What forms and documents do I need to register?
7. How are children assigned to a school?
8. How can I find out more about my school of residence?
9. What happens if the kindergartens at my school of residence are full?
10. What time do the children go to school?
11. How are children assigned to classes?
12. What factors may not be considered during placement?
13. How will my twins or triplets be assigned?


Welcome to Kindergarten Registration!

Enrolling in kindergarten is a milestone in your child’s life, as well as your own! While navigating through the registration process, the goal is to provide you with information required to make enrollment a smooth and timely process.

The first day of Kindergarten enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is Thursday, April 10, 2014. Plan to register your child at the San Marino Unified School District Boardroom between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon on that date.  *Note: To avoid traffic issues with student drop-off, please do not arrive for registration before 8:30 am.  If you are unable to register on that date, there will be subsequent registration dates.   

However, don’t wait!  Waiting unnecessarily to register may have serious consequences. Students are assigned to their school of residence in the order of their registration. The earlier the process is complete, the better chance the child will receive an assignment in his/her school of residence.
Read all of the information on this website! Once you’ve read all the information, if you still have unanswered questions, you may contact the District Registrar, Mrs. Judy Mellick at (626) 299-7000, extension 321, or by e-mail at jmellick@smusd.us. During kindergarten registration, a very large volume of calls and appointments makes e-mail the easiest way to get a timely response. Details are important! Complete all forms, gather original documents, and make the required copies prior to your arrival at registration. Incomplete or missing information will delay the child’s enrollment.

Who may attend San Marino Schools?

The only way to guarantee attendance in the San Marino Unified Schools is to establish residence within the District boundaries. Please note that there are a few residences within the City of San Marino that are not in the school district. If you are unsure whether your property falls within District boundaries, please verify with the District Office.  There are a few addresses in the City of San Marino that are not in the District’s attendance area, so be sure to check.

District officials and/or the San Marino Police Department verify residency by making home visits unannounced. When information is falsified or a student is found not to meet the requirements of residence he/she will be immediately withdrawn from school.

Can a child who is not a resident attend San Marino Schools?

A non-resident may only attend if the student has been admitted through the district’s inter-district attendance permit process (EC28204). Applications to SMUSD for inter-district permits will be accepted after May 1st for the following school year.

When is my child eligible to attend kindergarten or first grade?

A child must be five years old by September 1st of the year he/she enters kindergarten.
A child must be six years old by September 1st of the year he/she enters first grade.
Children who turn five years old between September 2nd and December 2nd are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten only.

If my child does not meet the age requirements for kindergarten or first grade, can he/she be accelerated?

Because it is normally not in the best interest of the child, San Marino does not as a rule, admit or accelerate under-age children.
California law requires a child to be six years old on or before September 1 to be legally eligible for first grade (EC Section 48010).
  1. A child who was legally enrolled in an out-of-state kindergarten (using that state's age entrance requirements), but who does not meet California age eligibility for first grade, may, but is not required to, be enrolled by the district in first grade, on a case-by-case basis.
  2. A child who was not age-eligible to enroll in public school kindergarten and yet was enrolled in a private school kindergarten for the year, may not legally be enrolled in first grade pursuant to California Education Code.
This child will be enrolled in kindergarten. The child may be assessed by the kindergarten teacher and be referred to a Student Study Team with a recommendation for acceleration to first grade if the child meets the following State Board of Education acceleration criteria, pursuant to Title 5, Section 200:
  • The child is at least five years of age.
  • The child has attended kindergarten in San Marino for a long enough time to enable school personnel to evaluate the child's ability.
  • The child is in the upper 5 percent of the child's age group in terms of general mental ability.
  • The physical development and social maturity of the child are consistent with the child's advanced mental ability.
  • The parent or guardian has signed approval for the accelerated placement that is filed with attendance documentation that is accessible to state auditors.
What forms and documents do I need to register?

All registration forms must be complete and signed by the parent or guardian prior to registration. The packet will not be accepted and your child will not be enrolled if there is any missing information, documents, or copies. Bring originals and copies of residency, immunization and birth documents.

The forms required to register may be accessed and printed by using the following links (in PDF Format, if you do NOT have the free Acrobat Reader, click here):
Required forms below will be provided on the day of your registration:
  • Form F: Home Language Survey
  • Form G: California School Immunization Record (blue card)
  • Form H: Health Record (blue card)
 
Bring an original and copy of the following documents:
Sorry! If you do not have the original AND a copy, you will not be able to register.

1. To verify residence, bring…
  • A current property tax bill, closing escrow statement, or lease agreement, and
  • Four original current utility bills (electric, gas, water, trash, cable, land-line phone)
2. To verify your child’s birth-date, bring birth certificate or passport
3. To verify immunizations bring your child’s immunization document listing the dates and types of shots administered with appropriate physician signature(s).

How are children assigned to a school?

The San Marino Unified School District endeavors to assign children to their school of residence as much as possible.  However, there may be times when it is necessary to assign a child to the other elementary school because of impacted classes.  You will be notified should it be necessary to assign your child to other than his/her school of residence.

The school of residence is the school a child would normally attend based on his/her address.
 
Carver Elementary School 3100 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA 91108
  • North of Huntington Drive, children who reside east of Allen/Oxford 
  • South of Huntington Drive, children living east on/of San Marino Avenue
Valentine Elementary School 1650 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA 91108
  • North of Huntington Drive, students who live west of Oxford
  • South of Huntington Drive, students who live west on/of San Marino Avenue.
Important Note
Unfortunately, there have been many occasions when realtors have given parents wrong information about the attendance area of a particular school. It is strongly recommended that parents verify the assigned school with the District prior to purchasing real estate to avoid any surprises. Intra-district permits are rarely granted and only under severe circumstances.
Students are assigned to their school of residence in order of enrollment in the District. Once classes are closed at one school, all new enrollees are registered where there is space. Under these circumstances, the students are assigned to their school of residence the following year. The later registration is complete, the more likely is the chance that the school of residence may be full. REGISTER EARLY!


How can I find out more about my school of residence?

You can learn more about the programs and achievement at your school on the web:
You are encouraged to visit classrooms at the school’s Spring Open House held in March. Call the school for the date and time.


What happens if the kindergartens at my school of residence are full?

When kindergartens at a child’s school of residence are full, the Registrar is required assign the child to the other school that has space. Under Board Policy, this child is returned to his/her school of residence in the fall of the following school year.


What time do the children go to school?

Carver Elementary School
Transitional Kindergarten Regular Schedule            8:15 AM          2:15 PM (295 minutes)
Transitional Kindergarten Minimum Day Schedule   8:15 AM        12:15 PM (240 minutes)

Kindergarten Regular Schedule                                8:30 AM          2:30 PM (295 minutes
Kindergarten Minimum Day Schedule                       8:30 AM        12:30 PM (240 minutes)

First Grade Regular Schedule                                  8:30 AM          2:30 PM (295 minutes)
First Grade Minimum Day Schedule                         8:30 AM        12:30 PM (240 minutes)

Valentine Elementary School
Kindergarten Regular Schedule                               8:30 AM          2:30 PM (295 minutes)
Kindergarten Minimum Day Schedule                      8:30 AM        12:30 PM (240 minutes)

First Grade Regular Schedule                                8:30 AM           2:30 PM (295 minutes)
First Grade Minimum Day Schedule                       8:30 AM         12:30 PM (240 minutes)


How are children assigned to classes:

Assigning a child to a class is made in the context of what is best for each child and for the group as a whole.  All of the following factors are taken into consideration by the principal.  These factors are not considered in the order that they are listed below, and with the exception of a federally mandated placement described in an existing Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or Section 504 Plan, the decisions are not made based on one factor alone.

  • Mandates of a child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) and/or Section 504 Plan
  • Reasonable balance of children in consideration of educational needs, gender, twins/triplets, and ethnic origin
  • Delayed enrollment or retention in kindergarten
  • Family circumstances of extreme hardship
  • Birthdate
  • Order of enrollment

What factors may not be considered during placement?

 The following circumstances are understandable reasons on which parents base their preferences, but because they are the same for nearly everyone, it is not appropriate to use them as criteria for placement decisions.

  • Positive history with a particular teacher
  • Participation in school-related activities
  • Parents' work schedules
  • Child care schedules

How will my twins/triplets be assigned?

Unless the parent submits a written request for an alternate course of action prior to class assignment, each child will be assigned to a different teacher.