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Minnetonka Schools Approve New Kindergarten Options

In May, the state legislature approved state-funded all-day kindergarten– a help to many parents who were paying big bucks for the extended day option.

Photo by Minnetonka Schools.
Photo by Minnetonka Schools.

The Minnetonka School Board has recently adopted the free, all-day kindergarten model as its basic program starting in the 2014-15 school year. 

In May, the state legislature approved an education bill that included state-funded all-day kindergarten.

Currently, the basic model at Minnetonka Schools is the half-day program, with options including the extended-day program. The fee for extended day was $4,100 for the year, plus a $100 registration fee. 

For parents who want their children to attend kindergarten next year for less than a full day, a part-day option will be available that would be more than half of the day but less than the entire day. Part-day students may be blended into all-day sections for the respective amount of time they attend. 

Because this is not a defined program but a choice parents can make, transportation will be provided in the morning but not at the end of the optional time.

The ready-start kindergarten (RSK) option has successfully served many students over the past decade, according to the district. Since the new expectation for preparing students to enter first grade following a year of kindergarten is the all-day kindergarten program, RSK will be an all-day program as well, with a part-day option.

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