Learning in RCPS
All Rockingham County Public Elementary Schools will be registering Kindergarten students, and taking applications for the PreK programs, during the week of March 6th - March 10th, 2023. To apply, a birth certificate, proof of residency, and proof of income will need to be provided. An appointment for an interview and screening of the child will then be completed. Please call your area school to make an appointment.
Full Day Program Monday-Friday Bus Transportation Provided
Maximum Class Size - 18 students
Highly-qualified Instructional Staff: -Teacher certified in early childhood education -Teacher's Assistant in every classroom
Support Services Staff: -Family Services Worker
To support young children’s eagerness to learn
To help young children develop positive attitudes toward school experiences
To support young children so they have opportunities to become successful with the school curriculum
To provide families with support so they can help their child develop skills necessary for school success
To help families link with available community resources
Child must be 4 years old by September 30 to enter the preschool program.
Student selection factors include family income, health or development concerns, limited education of parents, family stress factors, homelessness, and English Language Learners.
Priority is given to children who reside in the school attendance area.
More information regarding student eligibility is available at each elementary school.
Student progress is assessed using a variety of methods that include a math assessment, social/emotional progress checklist, and the statewide PreK PALS assessment which evaluates students’ literacy readiness skills.
See definition of school readiness adopted by the state Board of Education.
Click here for more information about Early Childhood School Readiness.
Visit in the classroom.
Help with classroom activities.
Come with your child on class field trips.
Check out school books to read at home with your child.
Come to parent-teacher conferences.
Learn about opportunities for adult education and job training.
Come to parent meetings and learn about child development, about helping children through family literacy, and about healthy foods.
For more information, please contact, Michele Judd, Director of Federal Programs at 540-564-3238 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The State Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), and Rockingham County Public Schools provide funds to support preschool programs in public schools for at-risk four-year-old children.
Pre-School Screenings Available
If you live in Rockingham County and suspect that your preschool-age child may have a disabling condition, or have concerns about your child’s development, you may request a screening. Developmental, speech/language, vision, and hearing screenings are available at no cost to parents.
Please refer to the information on this site for details on how to proceed: Screening Procedures
If you have questions about this process, please contact Melissa Bentley, Rockingham County Director, Pupil Personnel Services, at 540-564-3228 or email email@example.com