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Kindergarten Enrollment

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The first 1,000 students to enroll beginning on February 6, 2021, will receive a free backpack AND will be entered in a drawing to win an Apple TV!

Drawing to be held on Friday, September 24, 2021. To be eligible, students must be registered in an MPS school and must have an attendance rate of 100% as of the date of the drawing. Ten Apple TV devices will be given away. Winning students will be notified by phone.

Starting February 6, 2021, visit our Booth Central webpage to enroll.

Will your child turn 3, 4, or 5 years old by September 1, 2021? Now is the time to choose a kindergarten or Head Start program to start your child on the path to success.

Kindergarten enrollment generally begins the first Saturday in February and ends the first Sunday in March. MPS kicks off the kindergarten enrollment period with an annual Kindergarten Enrollment Fair. Families can explore schools, meet staff, and ask questions.

Kindergarten Enrollment for fall 2021-22 will be open Saturday, February 6, through Sunday, March 21, 2021. Explore our schools and enroll today!

Kindergarten studentsMPS will hold two virtual kindergarten enrollment fairs on Saturday, February 6 and 20, 2021 from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Watch the MPS home page and social media for more information and links to join the virtual events.

Families who enroll during the Kindergarten Enrollment window will be notified of their child’s school placement in April. Children who are enrolled during this time period have a better chance of being assigned to their first-choice school.

Milwaukee Public Schools offers a wide variety of programs, including bilingual education, arts, Head Start, language immersion, Montessori, technology, and traditional classrooms.

With nearly 150 school options in MPS that serve nearly 75,000 students, we know that you will have questions. Our website can help you find the many great opportunities that are available for our students and families.

For your individual needs, help is just a phone call away through the district office or at any of our schools.

We are ready to be your partner as your children advance through elementary school, middle school and high school. Welcome to the MPS family!

For more information on the Kindergarten Enrollment Fair, call (414) 475-8448. Additional information about enrolling in MPS is available online at

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Why is Kindergarten Important?

Kindergarten for three-year-olds helps children get excited about school and learn classroom routines. Caring teachers guide learning through movement, art, music, play, and group activities. In four-year-old kindergarten, caring teachers help children have fun with skills like counting and recognizing letters. Classroom routines build good habits and children learn to recognize the feelings of others around them. Five-year-old kindergarten prepares children for first grade and beyond. Through positive work, play, and learning, caring teachers help students take on new challenges and respect others.

Kindergarten studentTo Complete Your Enrollment

You may complete your enrollment application online or in person when schools reopen.

  • Online: Visit the MPS district website and enroll online (use the Infinite Campus Parent Portal if you are a current MPS family; new families can use the online application).
  • In Person (when schools reopen): You may be able to enroll at an MPS school. This does not improve your chances of getting your first-choice school. You may also call the District Enrollment Office in the Department of Student Services for questions about enrolling your child in MPS at (414) 475-8159.

Head Start Enrollment

Head Start helps ensure children are ready for school through half- and full-day programs for three-year-olds and full-day programs for four-year- olds. Head Start is federally funded and acceptance is based on income limits. Head Start enrolls all year.

The MPS Head Start program also provides parental, educational, medical, nutritional, psychological, and social support to help children consistently succeed.

Families must qualify for Head Start based on income or foster care placement.

Find out more about the MPS Head Start program. Visit the Head Start office at the Grant Gordon (formerly Lee) Learning Center, 921 W. Meinecke Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53206, or call (414) 252-0350.

Questions about enrollment? 

Phone: 414-475-8159

Enrollment Windows: 2021-2022 School Year

  • Kindergarten Enrollment: February 6 to March 21, 2021
  • Middle/High School Early Admissions: September 26 to November 1, 2020
  • All other grade levels that need enrollment for Fall 2021
    February 6 to August 1, 2021
  • After the enrollment windows have closed, enrollment will reopen for fall:
    • Middle and High School:
      February 6 to August 1, 2021
    • Kindergarten:
      May 1 to August 1, 2021
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