Welcome to kindergarten at Hopkins Public Schools! We encourage young learners to pursue their interests, find their purpose, and discover their talents.
- WATCH: Completed Kindergarten Information Sessions - Nov. 3-18, 2021
- Video: Explore Hopkins Kindergarten Anytime!
- Kindergarten Roundup Events: Feb. 24-Mar. 10, 2022
- Kindergarten Bridge Events: May 2022
- Kindergarten Playground Nights: August 2022
- Chinese and Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Information
In Hopkins, our scholars are at the center of everything we do. When students feel heard, seen, and valued, they can do their very best work — that's why love is one of our core values.
We are excited to partner with you and your upcoming kindergartner. We invite you to a series of year-before-kindergarten events designed to help your family get to know your school community and learn more about our kindergarten program — which is centered around your child's academic, social, and emotional success.
We welcome you to enroll your child in Hopkins kindergarten!
Our kindergarten options:
- All-day kindergarten with Spanish curriculum at 6 elementary schools in Golden Valley, Hopkins, and Minnetonka.
- Chinese immersion kindergarten located at Eisenhower Elementary.
- Spanish immersion kindergarten located at Eisenhower and Alice Smith Elementary schools.
- Outdoor Immersion kindergarten at Gatewood Elementary
Virtual Kindergarten Information Nights were held in November and were for parents and caregivers to meet school principals, learn about kindergarten programs, and receive information on how to enroll. For health and safety reasons, these sessions were all held online. If you missed a session or would like to rewatch, please click on a video below.
Have an online kindergarten adventure with your child!
This online adventure allows interested families and their scholars to virtually walk through a day in the life of a Hopkins kindergartener with interactive videos and activities. Learn more about our amazing schools, programs, and how to enroll at Hopkins.
Complete enrollment forms and engage in fun activities
At Kindergarten Roundup Events, your child will be involved in activities that will help them get to know their school and staff as well as other future kindergarteners. Parents and caregivers will be able to connect with the principal and school staff and complete enrollment forms.
- Alice Smith Elementary: March 1, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
- Eisenhower + Immersion: March 10, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
- Gatewood Elementary: March 10, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
- Glen Lake Elementary: March 3, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
- L.H. Tanglen Elementary: March 9, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
- Meadowbrook Elementary: Feb. 24, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Explore a kindergarten classroom!
Kindergarten Bridge is a great opportunity for your child to become comfortable in a kindergarten classroom before school starts. Your child will enjoy exploring a classroom with other children and caregivers will hear from a parent educator on strategies to enhance your child's kindergarten experience and prepare for the coming school year.
Due to the pandemic, last year's Bridge was not able to be held in person. Please see last year's presentation at right.
We invite you to take a tour!
Learn about Hopkins elementary immersion programs by scheduling a personal building tour! Please call 952-988-4300.
Video at right: Watch our Immersion Information Session recording from our fall 2020 presentation.
Hopkins Public Schools also offers Spanish Immersion Preschool. Families are welcome to register throughout the year when space is available. To enroll, please email: Preschool@HopkinsSchools.org or call 952-988-5000. Or, visit HopkinsSchools.org/preschool.
- Find Your School
- Schedule Your Child's Early Childhood Screening Before Starting Kindergarten
- Enrollment Information: Residents, Open Enrolling, Chinese or Spanish Immersion, In-District Transfer
- If your address does not connect to a school in the School Finder, please proceed to the Open Enrollment drop-down on the Enrollment page once you are ready to enroll.
- If you want to enroll your kindergartner in a different school than designated:
- First, complete your Online Registration using your home school on the Enrollment page once you're ready to enroll.
- Then, complete the in-district transfer forms in the In-District Transfer drop-down.
To start, determine what K-12 school your scholar will attend by clicking on our School Finder tool. (Note: this will open in a new tab)
Once you enter the site, add your home address into the search bar to identify your schools of attendance. If you do not have an address or want to explore all schools you may click the "Find on Map" button to go directly to the map.
Early childhood screenings are a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing. Screenings are strongly recommended between the ages of three and four and are required before starting kindergarten. Early screenings are beneficial because if there are any areas of concern, early identification will allow time for your family to access services prior to entering kindergarten.
Appointment times fill very quickly. You can expect to find appointment times 4 to 6 weeks (or more) from today. Schedule now to reserve your space.
Questions? Please call 952-988-5017.
Find enrollment information, forms, and enroll your child online today!
We're excited to welcome your kindergartner to Hopkins Public Schools! Please complete the online Enrollment Form using the button below.
Before you begin the online registration process, please gather the following materials:
- Household Information — address and phone numbers;
- Proof of Residency (one of the following)
- Utility bill delivered within last 30 days; (water, electrical, or gas bill)
- Original copy of either a current (signed) lease/rental agreement or purchase agreement for home
- Student Information — original birth certificate or passport, health/medication information, previous school information, Hennepin County library card number (if they have one)
- Parent Information — work and cell phone numbers, email addresses
- Documentation of Early Childhood Screening — If screened in the Hopkins School District, the form will be sent directly to the elementary school. Please submit documentation if completed in a district other than Hopkins. If completed by a physician, please have the physician complete this form and submit it to your elementary school. To schedule a screening, go to Hopkins Screenings or call 952-988-5017.
- Emergency Contact Information — phone numbers and address
If you need assistance, please call 952-988-4110.
The deadline to submit all enrollment forms is January 18, 2021.
We encourage you to submit your child's forms ahead of the January deadline.
Hopkins Public Schools residents
If you are a resident of the Hopkins Public School District, please visit our enrollment page, email Enrollment@HopkinsSchools.org, call 952-988-4110, or drop in to the enrollment office between 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Eisenhower Community Center
1001 Highway 7, Hopkins
Do you live outside of the District?
Complete an Application for Open Enrollment.
If your family lives outside of the Hopkins Public Schools District and are Open Enrolling, your first step is to apply using an Application for Open Enrollment.
You will need to complete this form for each of your children before they start school.
You will need to complete the Enrollment Form after you receive a confirmation email that your child has been accepted into Hopkins.
Open Enrollment questions?
Patricia Wright, Enrollment Coordinator
Enrolling in Chinese or Spanish Immersion
Chinese and Spanish immersion is available to kindergartners who live in the Hopkins Public Schools District, or for families who wish to open-enroll their child into Hopkins Public Schools.
Complete the Chinese immersion or Spanish Immersion Application Form and submit it via email, fax, or in-person.
You will need to complete the Enrollment Form after you receive a confirmation email email that your child has been accepted into the program.
Do you want to enroll your child in a different school than your designated Hopkins school?
If you live in the District but you want your child to attend a Hopkins school outside of your assigned attendance area, you must complete an In-District Transfer Request Form.
Questions about In-District Transfer?
Deb Pauly, Administrative Assistant
- Traits of a Hopkins Graduate
- Our Elementary Schools
- Immersion Programs
- Outdoor Immersion Kindergarten
- Before- and After-School Care
- Vision 2031: Transforming School
When your kindergartner graduates, they will be prepared for a brilliant future.
Your kindergartner is entering a school community committed to supporting and helping your child explore a wide range of meaningful and relevant learning experiences that will challenge and inspire.
When your child graduates, they will have traits that we believe will set them apart from their peers and set them up for 21st century success.
A Hopkins graduate:
- Has their own Voice
- is Empathetic
- Is Confident
- Is a Critical Thinker
- Is Global and Well-Traveled
- Is a Holistic Thinker
For questions about kindergarten curriculum, contact our Innovation, Design and Learning team:
Hopkins Elementary Schools at a glance:
- STEM learning beings in kindergarten. Our Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum introduces student to deeper STEM concepts, collaboration skills, and problem solving.
- Spanish language instruction is integrated into the curriculum for all K-6 students.
- Chinese and Spanish Immersion elementary programs start in kindergarten at Eisenhower and Alice Smith.
- Outdoor Immersion kindergarten is offered at Gatewood.
- Talent Development coordinators ensure elementary students have access to rigorous educational opportunities in core subject areas.
- Digital learning enriches the classroom experience, encourages critical thinking, and puts students at the center of their learning.
- Social-emotional learning such as Yoga Calm and other self-regulation strategies create environments where students can thrive. Flexible classrooms give students agency over the space they need to support their learning.
- Orchestra and band begin in elementary school.
Kindergarten is available at six elementary school locations.
Cross-cultural communication skills and global perspectives are essential in today's world.
Chinese and Spanish immersion programs are available to Hopkins District families and families who wish to open-enroll their children into Hopkins. The XinXing Academy and Juntos Elementary registration forms and open-enrollment applications are due January 15. A lottery system is used at the January deadline if there are more requests for slots than spaces allotted. Additional spaces may be available after the application deadline.
There is no fee to attend XinXing Academy or the Juntos Elementary Spanish immersion program, both located at Eisenhower Elementary Community School. Transportation to Eisenhower is available for all students who live within the Hopkins School District boundaries.
Immersion Enrollment Information
Patricia Wright, Enrollment Coordinator
Chinese Immersion at XinXing Academy
XinXing Academy is Hopkins Public Schools' all-day Chinese immersion program located at Eisenhower Elementary. XinXing Academy provides children the opportunity to develop proficiency in a second language during their elementary years. Our goal is for XinXing students to reach an advanced level of proficiency by the end of grade 12, and to develop bi-literacy in both Chinese and English.
Our immersion classrooms follow the Hopkins Public Schools curriculum, except instruction is in Mandarin Chinese. In all grades, music, art and physical education are delivered in English, but we infuse Chinese cultural components into these classes whenever possible. In kindergarten through grade 2, students receive language arts/reading, math, science, social studies, and health instruction in Mandarin Chinese. Our teachers are native speakers of Chinese, and they strive to create a positive and authentic full-day immersion experience for your child.
Hopkins offers two Chinese immersion classrooms at each elementary grade level. Chinese immersion courses continue at Hopkins West Junior High and Hopkins High School. Students who complete the full Chinese immersion track will be prepared for advanced coursework in Chinese at the college level and can earn up to 16 college credits by graduation.
Spanish Immersion at Eisenhower Elementary
Juntos Elementary Spanish Immersion program provides children the opportunity to develop proficiency in a second language during their elementary years. In kindergarten, 90% of instruction is in Spanish and 10% is in English. Students learn to read and write in Spanish first, and English literacy instruction is increased gradually as they progress through the program. Our goal is to develop Spanish-English bilingual students. Students who speak a language other than English or Spanish at home may become trilingual.
Hopkins offers two Spanish immersion classrooms at each elementary grade level. Spanish immersion courses continue at Hopkins North Junior High through our Juntos Spanish Immersion program. Additionally, Hopkins High School offers College in the Schools courses in Spanish through the University of Minnesota and AP Spanish Literature. Students who complete the full Spanish immersion track will be prepared for advanced coursework in Spanish at the college level and can which can earn up to 16 college credits by graduation.
Learning and exploring in nature
Your child will build connections to the natural world as they spark their curiosity, inventiveness, and excitement for school. While each of our elementary schools prioritize outdoor exploration and observation, both Eisenhower Elementary and Gatewood Elementary have dedicated outdoor immersion classrooms. Gatewood is an environmental focus school and has an outdoor immersion kindergarten program, a greenhouse, and other outdoor spaces where students can connect with nature and engage all of their senses in learning.
When scholars have opportunities to go outside to learn, they become motivated, observant, collaborative, and self-directed. Lessons held outdoors increase student engagement in school — even after students return to indoor learning spaces.
Kids & Company school-age care
Kids & Company is Hopkins Public Schools' before- and after-school care program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. We offer engaging opportunities that encourage creativity and positive relationship-building and that complement Hopkins' focus on social-emotional learning.
A fee-based program, Kids & Company is offered in each of the District's six elementary schools and is typically open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kids & Company offers flexible scheduling to fit your family's needs. Non-school day care and summer care is also available.
The future demands a different type of student — that's why Hopkins is transforming school from the ground up.
The next generation of students will be asked to solve some of the world's biggest and most complex problems. The traditional school system was designed to prepare students for industrial work. At Hopkins, we are preparing students for the future, not the past.
Your kindergartner will enter a school community that is committed to supporting and helping your child explore a wide range of meaningful and relevant learning experiences that will challenge and inspire.
The core values that define us are:
- Authentic Inclusivity
- Intentionally Adventurous
- Optimistic Innovation
- Humility of Heart
- Vigilant Equity