Kindergarten Registration


Dear Parents/Guardians:

It is time to register your child for kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year.  To enter kindergarten, evidence must be shown that:

  • Your child will reach the age of five on or before September 30, 2016

  • You are a resident of Keene, NH

If your child is eligible, it is not mandatory that they attend kindergarten this year. If you believe that your child is not ready to attend, you can discuss this with the building Principal or School Counselor.

This year Kindergarten registration will take place any day from March 1st to March 4th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the home schools. Your child may attend registration, but is not required to.

To find your neighborhood school, please see the Keene School District Elementary School Street Directory 2016-17.

In order to register your child for kindergarten, you will need to complete the following documents, and bring them with you when you come for registration:

  1. Student Enrollment Form

  2. Home Language Form

  3. School Nurse Record

In addition, we will need the following items: 

  1. Copy of your child's birth certificate (we can make the copy at registration time if you wish)

  2. Proof of your residency (lease, pay stub, credit card or bank statement are acceptable)

  3. Your child's immunization record  

It is very important to reserve a space for your child at registration time. Therefore, if you do not have all of the above documents by the time of registration, you should still register your child.  We understand that it may take some time to get all of the documents together.  

State law requires a physical exam prior to entry into school. New Hampshire state law also requires that all students must have documentation of their immunizations.  Minimum acceptable immunization consists of:

  1. Four (4) doses of DTP, DTaP or DT as long as the 4th dose is on or after the 4th birthday

  2. Three (3) doses of Polio vaccine (all IPV or all OPV) as long as the last dose is after the 4th birthday or 4 doses of Polio vaccine of any combination of IPV or OPV regardless of age of administration               

  3. Two (2) doses of MMR given on or after the 1st birthday

  4. Three (3) doses of Hepatitis B

  5. Two (2) doses of Varicella (Chicken Pox) or a blood test confirming immunity

If you are seeking a variance for your child to attend a school other than their home school, please contact one of the elementary schools to obtain a variance request form. The form needs to be turned back in no later than April 29th. Although no variance request is guaranteed, any requests received after April 29th will be assigned a lower priority.

As soon as we have established enrollments and staffing at each school, we will send you a letter inviting you to bring your child into school for a meet and greet in June. Kindergarten screenings will take place for one to two days just before the start of school. These screenings will be followed by homeroom placements and an orientation.  You will receive more information on these events as the date draws nearer. 

If you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to give us a call. We look forward to meeting you and your child, and to providing a quality educational experience.

Sincerely yours,

Erik Kress, Principal

Franklin School, 217 Washington St., Keene, NH 03431


Emily Hartshorne, Principal  

Fuller School, 422 Elm St., Keene, NH 03431


Joanne Mulligan

Jonathan Daniels Pre-School, 227 Maple Ave., Keene, NH 03431


Richard Cate, Principal 

Symonds School, 79 Park Ave., Keene, NH 03431


Patricia Yoerger, Principal 

Wheelock School, 24 Adams St., Keene, NH 03431



Welcome to Keene!

The Keene School District welcomes new students throughout the school year. Registration takes place at your neighborhood school. To determine your neighborhood school, please see the Street Directory: 2016-17 Keene School District Street Directory.

To complete enrollment for children in Grades 1-12; please bring with you the following documentation:

  • original birth certificate

  • updated immunization record
    Note: In accordance with New Hampshire R.S.A. 200:38; "All children shall be immunized prior to school entrance according to the current recommendations of the state public health agency."

  • most recent, within year of enrollment, medical exam report from healthcare provider
    Note: In accordance with New Hampshire R.S.A. 200:32; "There shall be a complete medical examination by a licensed physician of each child prior to or upon first entry into the public school system."

  • Proof of Keene residency
    Note: Verification of Keene residency must be submitted for all new students. Accepted forms for proof of residency include: bank/credit card statement, copy of home deed/ lease agreement, or pay stub.

  • Parenting plans or court documents regarding custodial agreements must be submitted upon registration.

  • In addition, if your child is entering Keene High School, an official, sealed copy of their transcript from any previously attended high school is required. If one can not be obtained from the previously attended high school, Keene High School will contact the school directly for any needed information.