Registration for kindergarten and Pre-K screening is underway at L.C. Kerr School for the upcoming school year.
The next screening is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 15 and is by appointment only. If parents or guardians want to reserve a spot, their children must be 4 or 5-years-old, on or before Aug. 31, 2016. They must also reside within the limits of the Clinton City Schools District. The deadline to setup a time is Feb. 11.
“We’re highly encouraging people to sign up for an appointment before the 11th,” said Faith Jackson, community liaison for Clinton City Schools.
Jackson said the purpose of the screening process is to service students with the most needs. The tests take about 30 minutes to an hour to complete for each child.
“They come and they go through questions and testing just to see where the kids are,” Jackson said in regards to development. “It’s not like the end of year tests.”
After the tests, school officials review the results to place the students in places that best suits the student. It’s another reason, parents should make an appointment instead of just showing up on the day of the event.
“We have limited staff,” Jackson said. “If everyone shows up at the same time, we couldn’t do those local tests.”
She added that the appointment factor gives students and parents more structured time as to when things our going to be occurring. The kindergartners coming in will also be required to take an assessment for placement in classrooms.
“That way, we can make sure that we’re pairing students that need the same strengthening,” Jackson said. “We can put them in a group that would be better suited for them.”
Jackson believes there’s a difference between students who enter kindergarten after enrolling in pre-kindergarten. She noted aspects such as learning classroom structure, working with peers and other experiences.
“That’s always a good thing,” Jackson said about the choice parents have.
Parents should also bring proof of birth and residency in the city school district. Immunization records and the North Carolina Kindergarten Health Assessment, if completed will also need to be submitted. Those forms are required by the first day of school.
To reserve an appointment, contact L.C. Kerr School at 910-592-3066.
“We would love for people to come out and signup,” Jackson said.
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