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JPeppers
JPeppers asks:
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Our family is moving and we have questions about kindergarten enrollment.

My family will be moving to NJ from TX for a job relocation during the first week of May.  My 6yr kindergardener will miss his graduation in TX by ~ 4 weeks.  We will be living in temporary housing until we purchase a home (in another town, not sure where as of yet).  Is it necessary to enroll him temporarily in the town in which we will be located first?  Is it possible to have him finish the final few weeks at home then enroll him in school for the fall in the district in which we will purchase a home?
In Topics: School and Academics, Choosing a school, State education standards
> 60 days ago

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Developmentalist
Apr 8, 2010

What the Expert Says:

Greetings. It sounds like an exciting time in your life.  And, I do agree with the answer below -- it really depends on the temperament of your child and what your family is most comfortable with.  I would talk to your current school and find out if there is an option to complete the school year in your new state under an "independent study."  Also, in most states Kindergarten is optional, which means you would not need to complete Kindergarten.  Finally, there is an advantage to attending four weeks in your new school/state:  you will be able to meet new families and new friends, which means a lot of new play dates over the Summer making the transition to 1st grade easier.  Good luck with the decision.

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hlevitan
hlevitan , Teacher writes:
JPeppers,

You should probably talk to your child's current school and the new school district you are moving to so you can learn more about your options. Moving can be a stressful and busy time for you and your family, and you have to think about what would be best for your child. It may be difficult for your child to adjust to a new school for only four weeks.  Yet, this adjustment can be preferable to not enrolling your child in school at all for that time.  You may also want to talk to your kindergartener about what he or she feels the most comfortable doing.  You have to ask yourself, which option would be the most feasible?  Which option would be the most opportune for you?  Which option would be the most opportune for your child?  

Here are some fast facts about kindergarten registration in New Jersey:
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Kindergarten_Fast_New_Jersey/

I hope you find this helpful, and you make a decision that is best for you and your family.  

Happy moving,

Hayley
> 60 days ago

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi,

In addition to the other information you received about school, here are some more resources you may also find helpful for your family's move...

Ease the Transition of Moving to a New Home
http://www.education.com/reference/article/ease-transition-moving-new-home/

When Families Move: Helping Children Adjust
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_When_Families_Move/

I hope all goes well!

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