Find important steps to kindergarten registration below:
1. Review the Kindergarten Parent Forum Recording
- enrollment guidelines and timelines
- kindergarten program information
- curriculum topics
Watch the full recording below:
2. Fill out the Kindergarten Survey Prior to Registration
3. Kindergarten Registration – Find the Registration Password After Completing the Above Form
Use the registration passcode on this page to find the registration packet.
Packets are available for download on our Kindergarten Registration page. You will gain access to the page once you fill out the survey noted above.
Options: Half & Full Day Programs
The half-day program (3 hours, 5 minutes) is 2.5 hours longer per week than the prior part-day program. Children participate in “morning meeting” and community building activities each day to build their classroom community. They are provided with daily mathematics and literacy instruction in both whole-class and small-group settings, where there is support from teachers, paraeducators, and parent volunteers, as well as opportunities for dramatic and free-play. Children also receive Tiered Reading Instruction (more individualized literacy learning activities) for 30 minutes/day. Because the HPS half-day program is imbedded in the full day program, all of the play equipment, learning resources, iPads, and other technology that the full day students enjoy are available to the half-day students as well. All kindergarten children enjoy a morning snack and social time with their classroom peers and have recess on the playground with children from the other kindergarten sections. Half-day Kindergarten students finish their day at the beginning of the lunch period. All students in Kindergarten have the chance to attend school-wide activities, school community events and special celebrations multiple times throughout the year.
In addition to the above activities, students participating in the full-day kindergarten program (6 hours, 10 minutes) enjoy lunch in the cafeteria and have a second recess opportunity with the rest of the grade level. In the afternoon, full-day K students have the opportunity to explore science concepts and social studies themes, as well as to participate in Buddy Centers. They may choose to engage in activities such as building with blocks and Legos, dramatic play in the house area, free art creation with various materials, exploring projects or Apps on the iPads, or listening to books on tape/CD. Full-day K students will have one special subject each day. K Specials include Art, Music, Library, Spanish, Computer Science, and Physical Education.
Special Needs & Other Student Support
Building educators make the final classroom assignments in each building. A variety of factors and sources of information may be taken into consideration. This includes information provided by parents, guidance from Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams and education specialists, and knowledge of the child’s prior school experiences. As well, assignments reflect the needs of the school in terms of balance in gender, learning styles, and need for access to services and resources.
An intensive Kindergarten- Grade 2 Program is available at South School for children whose needs require higher levels of support.
Building-based special education teachers, tutors, and paraeducators provide student support and specialized instruction; and there is access to Occupational Therapy / Physical Therapy services and speech/ language instruction, as required.
A psychologist/team chair and an adjustment counselor (both full time) are assigned to each building.
Perhaps the best way to summarize how specialized services are delivered at the kindergarten level would be to compare it with what occurs at the other elementary grades. Some children need more support and specialized services than others; those services are delivered in a variety of ways, mostly within the regular classroom structure along with their typically developing peers, but sometimes outside the classroom, either individually or in small groups.
Special Needs Services Pre-school contact: Elizabeth Costanza firstname.lastname@example.org 781-741-1570, option 4, then option 2
Special Needs Services Kindergarten contacts:
East: Katie Florek email@example.com 781-741-1570
Foster: Elizabeth Curran firstname.lastname@example.org 781-741-1520 ext. 4808
PRS: Brett Bolger email@example.com 781-741-1530
South: Kim Kerr firstname.lastname@example.org 781-741-1540 ext. 4206
The Hingham Public School Nurses are essential members of the educational team. Their mission is to foster the growth, development and educational achievement of all students by promoting health and wellness, in a safe and supportive environment. They are committed to meeting the health needs of individual students and through collaboration with public and private agencies and health care providers. They advocate for students, their families and the school community.
Transportation & Lunch
Most kindergarten students will travel by bus to and from district schools, along with their siblings.
Midday transportation home will be provided for half-day students.
Walkers in each building are dismissed separately from the students who are bused.
Information about building-specific school hours and arrival and dismissal routines will be available to parents prior to the start of school. As well, the bus schedule is posted in the local press and on the school website just prior to the start of school.
Any special arrangements for children with disabilities should be discussed as part of the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) review process.
As with the other grades, kindergarten children may bring their own lunches or purchase lunch each day through the Hingham Public Schools Food Services program. Specific details about the latter option will be provided as the start of the school year approaches.
Kids in Action (KIA) and Child Care
Before and after school care is available through the Hingham Public Schools Kids in Action Program (KIA). This is a high quality, fee-based service. There is not a KIA “wraparound” component for half-day Kindergarten students.
The half-day kindergarten option (a three-hour and 5 minute morning program) is free.
The Hingham School Committee will finalize 2023-2024 full-day tuition rates in May; for reference, the current 2022-2023 tuition rate is $3,750. A late fee will be charged for full day registrations received after March 1st. Depending upon documented family income and family size, waived and reduced tuitions are possible.
For families with more than one child in kindergarten, the family pays the full assessed tuition for the first child, using the sliding fee scale. The family pays ½ of the assessed tuition for the second child, and ¼ of the assessed tuition for the third child.
For children with an existing Individualized Education Program (IEP), there is no charge for the full day program. Complete information about tuitions and the payment process is included as part of the kindergarten registration process. As well, Central Office and individual school building office staff welcome parents’ financial queries and other individual questions.
- Elementary School Districts by Street Name
- Bus Routes
- East Elementary
- Foster Elementary
- Plymouth River Elementary
- South Elementary
- Integrated Preschool
1000 Book Clubs
The mission of the 1000 Book Club Program is to provide quality literature to preschoolers and kindergartners while fostering a connection between home and school. The 1000 Book Club Program is a reading program designed for preschoolers, kindergartners and their families.