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Here Comes Kindergarten!

Although the start of the 2016-17 school year is almost as far away as next the presidential election, it’s not too early to start learning about your options. We’ve listed (in alphabetical order) admissions and application info for seven of your top local options:

  • The Madeline Choir School
  • The McGillis School
  • Rowland Hall
  • Salt Lake City School District
  • Salt Lake City’s Extended Learning Program (ELP)
  • The Waterford School
  • Weilenmann School of Discovery

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The Madeleine Choir School

Type: Private religious school
Grades: K-8
Annual Cost: $5,025-$7,765
Address: 205 First Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Admissions Process:Selective
Admissions Information: (link)
2016-17 Enrollment season deadlines: Oct. 1, 2015-Feb. 1, 2016
Online Application:(link)
Scheduled Tours: (link)
Thursdays 1-3pm; Nov. 19, 2015; Jan. 7, 2016
Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am; Jan. 19, 2016; Jan. 26; Feb. 23; March 15; April 12
Personal Tours:Contact Office of Admissions at 801-323-9850 ext.103
Jennifer Payne
Director of Admissions
801-323-9850, x.103

The McGillis School

Type: Private
Grades: K-8
Annual Cost:$12,270 (K-5)
Address: 668 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Admissions process: Selective
Prospective parent visits: Nov. 10, 9-10:30am; Nov., 11, 9-10:30am
Private tour: Call front desk at 801-583-0094
Admissions Process: (link)
$20 fee; online application; parent interview; student assessment (Jan-Feb); teacher recommendation
Kindergarten Assessment dates:
January 30, 2016, Saturday, 9:00-11:00 A.M.
January 30, 2016, Saturday, 1:00-3:00 P.M.
February 6, 2016, Saturday, 9:00-11:00 A.M.
February 6, 2016, Saturday, 1:00-3:00 P.M.
Natalie Enevoldsen
Lower School Director

The Open Classroom

Type: Charter school with strong co-op parent involvement
Grades: K-8
Annual Cost: Free
Address: 134 D Street, Salt Lake City, UT
Website: http://www.
Admissions Process:Random lottery (read more)
2016-17 Enrollment season deadlines: Nov. 1, 2015- Feb. 19, 2016.
Online Application: (link)
School Tours: (link)
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Thursday, Oct. 22
Thursday, Oct. 29
Thursday, Nov. 12
Thursday, Nov. 19
Thursday, Dec. 3
Thursday, Dec. 17
Parent Information Night: Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6:30pm
Carolyn Turkanis
Head Teacher


Type: Private
Grades: K-12
Annual Cost:$9,040 (Half-day K); $17,160 (Full-day K)
Address: 720 South Guardsman Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Set up Private Tour:(link)
Admissions process: Selective
New Student Open House: Jan. 28; 6:30-8:30pm (RSVP)
Application Process: (link)
$60 fee; online application; parent interview; student assessment (Jan-Feb); two teacher recommendations)
Request Information: (link)
Online Application: (link)
Kathy Gunderson
Director of Admission

Salt Lake City School District

Type: Public; Charter
Grades: K-12
Annual Cost: Free
Address: 440 East 100 South Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Admissions process:Neighborhood schools, Open enrollment (link), Extended Learning Programs (ELP) (link, see below)
District boundary map: (link)
Online registration:(link)
2016-17 School Year registration dates: Dec. 1, 2015 – Feb. 19, 2016
2016-17 District Calendar: (link)
Enrollment Process:(link)

Kindergarten students must be least five years of age on or before September 1

Proof of residence or an approved exception

A certified copy of the student’s birth certificate or other reliable proof of the student’s identity and age

A certified and complete immunization record or official immunization exemption

Open enrollment: Students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school may submit a Standard Open-Enrollment Application to Student Services during the early enrollment period, December 1 through the third Friday in February, for the upcoming school year. (link)
Maria Smuin

Salt Lake City School District Extended Learning Program (ELP)

Type: Public
Grades: K-12
Annual Cost: Free
Address: 668 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Admissions process: Selective
What is ELP: English Brochure (PDF); Spanish brochure (PDF)
The Extended Learning Program (ELP) of the Salt Lake City School District offers educational opportunities for students in grades K-12 who show high academic abilities. In general, elementary students who may benefit from this program are working well above their age group in reading and mathematics. Secondary students who may benefit from this program are often those eligible for honors or advanced classes. All students regardless of gender, race, culture, or family income are eligible to apply
School-based ELP programs:
Neighborhood Part Time: Every elementary school; 2-4 hours of enrichment for selected students
Magnet Full-Time:Hawthorne and Whittier Elementary Schools (Full Time Extend Learning)
International Pathways: Emerson Elementary (Full Time Extend Learning two-way Spanish and English immersion program)
Application/Disclosure deadline: Feb. 11, 2016
Parents meetings:
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016;
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
6:00-7:30 pm
Salt Lake City School District offices
Rooms 112-114 (PDF)
Student testing dates: Jan. 6, 2016 –Feb. 19, 2016 (PDF)
Michele Riggs

The Waterford School

Type: Private school
Grades: K-12
Enrollment: 860 (K-12)
Kindergarten class size: 18 students/1 teacher/1 aide
Annual Cost: $15,850 (Kindergarten)
Address: 1480 East 9400 South Sandy, UT 84093
Kindergarten information: (link)
Admissions Process:Selective
-School visit and interview
-Admissions evaluation
Admissions Information: (link)
Open House:
Lower School
February 17, 2016; 6-8pm
Lower School Library
The Waterford School
1480 East 9400 South
Request info packet:(link)
Schedule a tour: (link)
Student registration:August, 2016
Todd Winters
Director of Admissions
(801) 816-2213

Weilenmann School of Discovery

Type: Public charter school
Grades: K-8
Annual Cost: Free
Address: 4199 Kilby Road Park City, UT 84098
Kindergarten enrollment: 60
Hiring and developing Master Teachers who design and enact inquiry-based instruction that exceeds core standards,

Integrating technologies, media, science, visual and performing arts into the core curriculum,

Utilizing the awe and wonder of nature to enhance the educational experience and

Systematically and rigorously assessing performance of students and teachers with respect to achievement of these goals.

Admissions Process:First-come; Lottery
Admissions Information: (link)
Registration Information: (link)
School newsletter: Weilenmann Weekly (link)
Student registration:August, 2016
Melinda Kaufman
Lower School Director