WELCOME TO 4-YEAR-OLD KINDERGARTEN!
Welcome to the Delavan-Darien School District! All children who are four years old on or before September 1, and live in the Delavan-Darien School District boundaries, are eligible to participate in the 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Program, which is housed at Wileman Elementary School. Area 4-year-olds are also encouraged to apply for our unique programs through Wisconsin’s School Choice Open Enrollment!
We have a variety of options to meet the needs of your child and get their Delavan-Darien education started off on the right track. Delavan-Darien is the only school district in Walworth County to offer Dual Language Programs, One-to-One Computing Programs, Nationally-recognized Music programs (with orchestral instruction) and high-quality special education programming options!
In this half-day, everyday program, students are immersed in a dual-language environment where 90% of instructional time is delivered in Spanish and the remaining 10% in English. The program is available to all students in the district no matter where they live and no matter their primary language. Sessions are offered in an A.M., or P.M. session Monday through Friday. Ideally, classrooms are made up of half native English speakers and half native Spanish speakers. Students in the program become proficient in speaking, understanding, and reading both languages. They also gain knowledge of both English and Spanish cultures.
Also available is fee-based before- and after-school child care through the Delavan Nursery School.
Half-Day Monolingual Program
The monolingual 4K classes are offered half-day, every day, and are taught in English only. Also available is fee-based before- and after-school child care through the Delavan Nursery School.
This is a full day 4K program housed in Phoenix Middle school. The program runs Monday through Friday for families who qualify according to federal income guidelines.
- It is a half-day program
- It follows play-based learning standards to prepare your child for Kindergarten.
- Our 4K uses the nationally-recognized OWLS Curriculum.
- Delavan-Darien is the only school in the area to offer a 4-year-old kindergarten English/Spanish Dual Language program that continues in subsequent grades. The program is available to all students, no matter where they live or what native language they speak.
- There are two sessions, morning and afternoon. Attendance in the AM session is determined by the address of the child or the child’s before- and after-school care provider. Those not using district-provided transportation may request morning or afternoon sessions. Assignments will be made available as space allows.
- Class times: 8:20-11:20 a.m. or 12:35-3:35 p.m.
- It is not required
Information about enrolling for our 4K Programs can be found here:
How will parents be informed about the details of 4K
Information will be posted on the district’s website. Letters will be sent to each family regarding their assignment for the 4K program. The goal is to reach all families with a specific emphasis on those children who are not currently enrolled in our district.
Is there an age cutoff for 4K?
Yes. Students must be four on or before September 1. At this time the Delavan-Darien School District does not have a process in place for early entrance to 4K.
What are the days/hours of the program?
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requires a minimum of 437 hours of instruction per school year. The program will be offered 5 days per week (Monday-Friday). The AM program runs from 8:20-11:20 a.m. with the PM program running from 12:35 to 3:35 p.m.
How is AM/PM section placement determined?
Students are typically placed in an AM or PM section based on where they live. Students who live west of County Highway O/Second Street in Delavan attend in the morning, while students living east of Highway O/Second Street in Delavan attend in the afternoon. Parents may request to have a different placement for their child, but then bus transportation may not be available for the student. Special placement requests may also be denied based on class sizes.
If a child is age eligible for 5K, but parents plan to delay their kindergarten enrollment, can the child attend 4K?
The Delavan-Darien School District supports having students progressing with same-age peers. However, in unique situations, parents may decide enrollment in 4K is best for their child. If this is the parent’s wish, please contact the principal at Wileman Elementary School: 262-233-6200.
How does enrollment occur?
Families can complete the enrollment papers online and then print off their enrollment and bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate and proof of address to the school. Those who are not able to complete the paperwork online may choose to complete the entire enrollment process at the elementary school. We also have special Enrollment Days periodically throughout the year where parents can enroll their children.
Will families have a choice of whether their child attends the morning or afternoon 4K session?
If families do not require transportation, they may request the morning or afternoon session and every effort will be made to accommodate this request. If transportation is required, then students will be placed in the morning or afternoon session based on address.
Will transportation be provided for families?
Bus transportation is provided to Wileman for students who live outside of the “walking radius.” The students will ride the regular bus either in the morning or afternoon, dependent on which section they are in. Mid-day routes will be specifically for 4K students. If your child is eligible to ride the bus via the morning or end of day route, then mid day transportation will be provided. Because Wileman only has 4-year-old and 5-year-old students, their bus routes are isolated from the older students in the district, meaning they only ride the bus with similarly-aged students. Kindergarteners do not ride with older elementary, middle or high school students.
Can a family get transportation to or from a child care site?
Yes, as long as the center is within the transportation area defined for that site.
How will students with special needs be served?
Students in 4K who have an individualized education program (IEP) will be served by a licensed special education teacher. This will be similar to how all K-5 students receive special education services, but will be dependent on what is written in the student’s IEP.
Will three-year-olds with special needs be in the 4K program?
The law stipulates that three-year-olds with disabilities may be included in the 4K program if regular education three-year-olds are also included in the program. Therefore, this is not a possibility in the Delavan-Darien School District at this time.
Will a specific curriculum be used in the 4K program?
Over the past several years, the district has implemented the OWLS curriculum. This curriculum is developmentally appropriate and aligns with the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) and Accreditation criteria. The program is play-based, inclusive, research based, and designed to promote partnerships with families. The OWLS curriculum is used in both the English only and Dual Language 4K programs. Data indicates that students who participate in our 4K program achieve above the norm on district tests when they enter kindergarten.
If my child is not enrolled in the Dual Language Immersion Program, what support is available for students who are English Language Learners?
Students who are not enrolled in the dual language immersion program would participate in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. ESL is a form of education in which the goal of the program is the acquisition of English through a Structured English Immersion model. This means we support listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English in the content areas for students who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELL). Usually, this support is given within the general classroom setting.The ESL staff collaborates with the classroom teacher to meet the individual needs of each ELL student. Multiple methods of teaching are used to differentiate linguistic and academic instruction. ESL teachers may co-teach with the classroom teacher; they may pre-teach vocabulary in a small group setting; they might offer tutorial assistance during a study hall; they may administer assessments (tests) with modifications; they may teach specific language acquisition skills to a group, as well as serve as a liaison between the school, staff and our ELL parents. ESL teachers also administer the ACCESS test each year, which tests each ELL students’ level of acquisition of English.The ESL department strives to provide English Language Learners with a successful and rewarding educational experience as they learn the fundamentals of and become fluent in the English language. The ESL program in Delavan-Darien School District serves approximately 640 students. That is about 24 percent of the total student population. The majority of the ELL students speak Spanish as their first language.