Education Notes


March 05, 2006

Kindergarten registration starts

Registration for kindergarten for the 2006-2007 school year will be held this week at Carroll County public elementary schools.

Enrollment in kindergarten is mandatory for children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1.

Parents will need to present the following information at registration:

A copy of their child's birth certificate or other legal document to verify the child's legal name and birth date.

Verification of residence.

Specific addresses for transporting the child to and from school.

For questions about kindergarten or alternatives, or orientation, contact the elementary school your child will attend.

Information: 410-751-3009.

Early waivers for kindergarten

Carroll County Public Schools has approved early entrance to kindergarten waiver procedures for students who do not meet the state birth date cut off of Sept. 1.

Parents of children who demonstrate exceptional ability and turn 5 years old between Sept. 2 and Dec. 1 may submit an application for early kindergarten entrance.

Kindergarten waiver packets are available in elementary school offices. Completed packets must be returned by May 1 to be honored.

Information: 410-751-3009.

Registration for English classes

Carroll Community College's ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program will hold registration at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St.

A second registration will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the college, 1601 Washington Road.

Classes are offered weekday mornings and evenings. A Saturday morning class will begin in mid-March. Tuition is free. A $15 materials fee is payable at registration.

Information: 410-386-8021.

Out-of-district applications offered

Carroll County public schools will review applications this month for requests to enroll students in out-of-district schools in the 2006-2007 academic year.

Board policy states that students shall attend school in their designated attendance area. In specific and limited circumstances only, students may be allowed to go to a school outside their attendance area.

The only public schools designated as "open" for 2006-2007 are: Cranberry Station, Elmer Wolfe, Friendship Valley, Mount Airy, Parr's Ridge, Robert Moton, Sandymount and Taneytown elementary schools; and North Carroll and Northwest middle schools.

All other schools will be "closed" for 2006-2007, meaning that any out-of-district application will be denied unless it meets the limited criteria for admission.

The deadline for out-of-district applications is April 1. Completed applications must be postmarked or personally taken to: Carroll County Public Schools, Student Services Department, 125 N. Court St., Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-751-3123.

Hearing on school overcrowding Wed.

The Board of Education will consider the crowding at Hampstead and Manchester elementary schools at its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The regular board meeting will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a hearing on the crowding situation, when time will be allowed for public comment (limited to two minutes).

The agenda and materials for the meeting will be posted online at

Information: 410-751-3020.

Montessori School hosts open house

The Montessori School of Westminster will hold an open house for prospective students and their parents from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 12.

Families can tour the school and meet with the staff to learn about the Montessori philosophy.

The school is at 1055 Montessori Drive off Hughes Shop Road near Pleasant Valley.

Information: 410-848-6283.

SAT prep classes offered to teens

Carroll County high school students who need to take the SAT can prepare for the exam by taking SAT or PSAT preparation courses in advance.

Classes will be offered around the county as follows: March 18 and 25 at Winters Mill High, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster; April 22 and 29 at Century High, 355 Ronsdale Road, near Eldersburg, and at Francis Scott Key High, 3825 Bark Hill Road, Uniontown; and May 6 and 13 at Liberty High, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg. All classes are from noon to 4 p.m.

Students must attend both sessions.

Tuition is $175, including materials. Registration is open to all high school students. A portion of the proceeds goes to the school.

Information: 410-442-1600.

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