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School District Five accepting 4-year-old kindergarten applications for the 2020-2021 school year

For Immediate Release – February 10, 2020



School District Five accepting 4-year-old kindergarten applications for the 2020-2021 school year

IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five is now accepting applications for its 2020-2021 4-year-old kindergarten programs.


Potential students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020. Parents of children meeting this age eligibility can apply now by bringing the following to their zoned elementary schools during normal school hours, excluding school holidays:

  • The student’s legal birth certificate
  • One proof of residency, including current: (1) mortgage statement, (2) lease agreement, (3) property tax or (4) utility bill showing your correct home address.


To apply, parents must visit their zoned schools, fill out an application, and show original documentation. Mailed applications will not be accepted.


"Our district has exceptional 4K classes district-wide to prepare students for success in academia and beyond,” said School District Five Coordinator of Youth & Family Services Davida Price. “We encourage all parents and guardians of students residing in the district who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 to apply and have their students screened for basic concepts, motor and language skills. Early education is important, and we are proud to offer top quality 4K programs to the community.”


Priority will be given to students with the greatest needs of basic school readiness skills based on assessment. A screening date and time will be given upon completing the application at the zoned school. Students will be screened in early June of 2020. Parents should be aware that applications and screenings do not constitute acceptance into a program and will be notified mid-late July 2020 of your child’s status with the program.


In addition to needs-based 4K programs, School District Five also offers a tuition-based 4K program and Montessori Magnet Program. Open to any student in the district; the EXCEL (Exposing Children to Early Learning) tuition-based program requires no screening and offers standards-based curriculum, ability-based instruction, certified teachers and special area classes. The EXCEL program is housed at Irmo Elementary and River Springs Elementary School. The Montessori Magnet program is housed at H. E. Corley Elementary and is available for selection during the district's Choice Application window. 


For more information on School District Five’s 4K needs-based programs, contact Davida Price or Barbara Coker, Department of Youth & Family Services at 803-476-8240. To apply for the district’s 4K EXCEL program, contact Irmo Elementary School at 803-476-4200 or River Springs Elementary School at 803-476-4400. To learn more about the Montessori Magnet Program at H. E. Corley Elementary, visit




Kindergarten enrollment also has begun for students who will be five years-old on or before September 1, 2020. Parents and guardians of children meeting this eligibility deadline can apply online at In-person registration is also available at zoned elementary schools. Required documents include:

  • The student’s legal birth certificate
  • A current South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, or a South Carolina Certificate of Medical or Religious Exemption
  • A property tax receipt or a rental lease showing all occupants
  • Two utility bills showing the current home address


For more information on School District Five’s 5-year-old kindergarten program or the online registration form, contact your zoned elementary school.