Have a student starting kindergarten in August 2016? You’ve come to the right place!

Check out a list of upcoming kindergarten welcome events.

Here’s how to start the process:

  • Determine your home school
  • Schedule an appointment at your home school to start your kindergarten paperwork. You will need your student’s proof of age (birth certificate).
  • At your appointment, you’ll complete initial paperwork to get your student in our database — ensuring that you receive the latest registration information this summer.

Remember that by Iowa Law, all children to be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year must be age 5 by September 15, 2016.

Want more about getting ready for kindergarten? Check out our kindergarten readiness brochure:

Kindergarten brochure

Open Enrollment

The Dubuque Community School District has assigned a home district school to each address in the district. Parents may apply to have their student attend a school other than their home district school by Open Enrollment, however, kindergarten students must register at the school assigned to their residence prior to applying for Open Enrollment. Open Enrollment is based strictly on student numbers and an application does not guarantee acceptance. There is no additional charge for Open Enrollment. Parents of students approved for in-district open enrollment are responsible for transporting their student to the new school.

Elementary Open Enrollment Applications are available for a specified period at any of the elementary schools, at The Forum (2300 Chaney Road).

Open enrollment guidelines and forms

Questions regarding Open Enrollment may be referred to:

Theresa Benz

Questions regarding school boundaries may be referred to:

DCSD Transportation Department


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Nancy Murphy
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Cammie Brecht
Early Childhood Secretary