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Families can start choosing preferred Natrona County schools for new kindergartners on Dec. 28

Sarah Steed spends a few quiet moments with her son, Jackson Steed, before his first day of kindergarten on Tuesday morning at Cottonwood Elementary School in Casper. Tuesday is the first day of the 2022-2023 school year for Natrona County Public Schools, bringing an end to summer break. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District is preparing to start accepting applications from families looking to enroll kids in kindergarten for the 2023–24 school year.

NCSD’s “School Choice Registration” will be open from Wednesday, Dec. 28 through Monday, Jan. 20, 2023, giving parents and guardians the opportunity to select schools they prefer their children attend.

The School Choice Registration period is also the chance for parents/guardians to sign incoming kindergartners up for the chance to enroll in one of NCSD’s Dual Language Immersion programs. Parents/guardians must attend one of five required DLI information meetings if they want to enroll their child in one of those programs.

The first step for parents/guardians looking to enroll an incoming kindergartner in an NCSD school is to register new students with NCSD online.

After you complete step one, a Parent Portal account will be created for you,” NCSD said. “This may take up to a week to create. Check your email for your Parent Portal Information or call IT Help Desk at 307-253-5306. Even if you already have students in the NCSD, if you are adding a Kindergarten student, you must complete STEP ONE.”

Once a parent/guardian has a Parent Portal account, they can log on to NCSD’s Parent Portal between Dec. 28 and Jan. 20 to complete School Choice Registration.

Parents/guardians can also register children for kindergarten screenings via the Parent Portal.

“The Kindergarten Screening provides NCSD with information so we can prepare classrooms, resources, and opportunities to meet the educational needs of all incoming Kindergarten students,” NCSD said. “The screening is one way to determine the child’s readiness for school while providing families with more information and resources to prepare for the upcoming school year.”

Click here for our Kindergarten Readiness Guide: A helpful tool for school families as you prepare for your child’s upcoming educational journey.”