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St. Mary's Co. Public Schools News Briefs

St. Mary's Kindergarten Enrollment

St. Mary's County Public Schools is pleased to announce registration for Kindergarten for school year 2014 - 2015. All schools will hold open registration beginning Tuesday, April 22, 2014 and continuing through the summer.

Parents of children who will be five years old by September 1, 2014 should register at the school assigned to their physical address during the open enrollment period.

Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) may go to the school assigned to their legal address to complete the registration paperwork. Children are not required to be present for registration. Required documentation includes evidence of birth, proof of residency, a copy of the child's immunization record, any court papers regarding custody of the minor child. Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) must also bring photo identification when registering their child.

Each elementary school will conduct open enrollment for the children residing in their zone. Questions regarding which school serves your residential area should be directed to the Department of Capital Planning at 301-475-4256, option 6. You do not need to make an appointment to register a child.

Documentation which indicates the current physical address of the child will be accepted as proof of residence. Proof of residence will include, but is not limited to, one of the following:

a. Mortgage/deed/rental agreement with 911 address assignment;

b. Current utility bill with parent(s)/legal guardian(s) name, 911 address of residence, and service address (no post office box is accepted - and wireless telephone bills are not acceptable);

c. Patuxent River Naval Base housing form NOW-NATC-1110-1/15, Assignment to Public Quarters, which identifies bona fide residence in St. Mary's County.

Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) not intending to register an appropriately aged child for kindergarten must obtain a waiver from the St. Mary's County Public Schools Department of Pupil Services.

It is not necessary for children enrolled in prekindergarten in the public schools to register again.

Questions about the program and registration may be directed to Cynthia Kilcoyne, Coordinating Supervisor of Early Childhood Programs at 301-475-5511, ext. 32218.

Academy Application Deadline

The deadline for students to apply for the Academy programs for St. Mary's County Public Schools is Friday, April 4, 2014. We remind students and families to ensure all parts of the application are complete, including teacher recommendations. Applications and the link for recommendations can be found at

Students can apply for the following differentiated pathways:

-- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy: This rigorous and unique program of study emphasizes the core areas of mathematics and science with an infusion of technology and engineering. This program is open to students in grades 4-12. NOTE: Current STEM students transitioning from 5th to 6th or 8th to 9th will need to reapply.

-- Academy of Finance: This program offers students in grades 9-12 opportunities to develop professional skills, receive specialized instruction in business finance and management, and gain an awareness of the marketable skills needed to be successful in the field.

-- Academy of Global and International Studies: Students in grades 9-12 participating in this program, develop understanding and knowledge of world regions, cultures, and global/international issues.

-- Academy of Visual and Performing Arts: This program, open to rising 9th grade students only, provides students the opportunity to understand and appreciate the dedication needed to find success as a performer or artist, with an emphasis on creative thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. NOTE: Due to fiscal constraints, the academy will not be able to offer Dance as a program of instruction this year.

For more information contact your school counselor or the Office of the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction at 301-475-5511, ext. 32139 or email

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