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Junior Kindergarten (4+yrs)

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What is Junior Kindergarten (JK)?

All children develop at different rates, so we believe that families should have options when considering the ideal setting for their child's initial K-12 school experience.  

Junior Kindergarten is an ideal option for families with kindergarten-eligible students, born between June 1-Dec. 1, who are seeking to benefit from extra time for their child to grow and mature. The program bridges the critical transition between home and school by offering an extra year of learning, emphasizing academic, social, emotional and physical skill development. 

Children entering this program will advance into regular kindergarten as usual following one full academic year in junior kindergarten.

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Which schools offer a JK program?

Beverly Elementary, Harlan Elementary, Pierce Elementary, Quarton Elementary and West Maple Elementary are designated as the primary locations for the program.

Greenfield Elementary, Pembroke Elementary, and Bingham Farms Elementary will each serve as feeder schools - pending final enrollment applications.  The feeder school logistics are as follows:

  • Greenfield > feeds into Beverly Elementary 
  • Pembroke > feeds into Harlan Elementary
  • Bingham Farms > feeds into West Maple Elementary

NOTE: Primary locations are subject to change based
upon the feedback received from the pre-application form.

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Junior Kindergarten Enrollment

Junior Kindergarten, is a FREE full-day program for students residing within the BPS attendance zone.

Upon acceptance into the program, all enrollees must follow the district standard enrollment
procedures, including uploading all required documents, regardless of previous status or sibling in the district.
Please fill out the pre application form, then you will be notified of your status no later than Monday, Jan. 8, 2024.



There is a tuition requirement for interested families residing outside the district as part of our 'Beyond Borders' initiative. 

Please review our out-of-district enrollment page for additional information.