Kindergarten - Non-Resident

School District 197's full-day kindergarten program is designed to instill a love for learning in all students while building a strong foundation for continued school success. Continue following the steps below to complete the enrollment process.

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1. Complete your Early Childhood Screening

State law requires that parents/guardians furnish verification of early childhood screening for children entering kindergarten. This screening includes developmental screening, vision and hearing screening, and a family-factors interview. Early childhood screening is offered free of charge by the school district.

Learn more about Early Childhood Screening

2. Select a School

District 197 is proud to offer a wide range of school options for families. Non-resident students who would like to attend a District 197 school may open enroll in the district and can attend whichever school they choose, space permitting. 

The best way to determine which school is right for your child is to visit the school and take a tour. Start by exploring each school's website (below) and contact the school to set up a visit at any time. School Showcase (open house) events for new families are offered each year in November.

3. Register for Kindergarten

Complete an Open Enrollment Application (below) to apply to attend kindergarten in District 197. Mail form to School District 197, Attn: District Office - Superintendent, 1897 Delaware Avenue, Mendota Heights 55118.

The official Open Enrollment form is provided by the Minnesota Department of Education (Statewide Enrollment Options form). Although that form allows you to select up to three choices of schools in order of preference, District 197 only allows you to select one preferred school choice at a time. If your request is not approved, it will be placed on a hold list and reviewed again during the next review period. If you choose to change your preferred choice to another school, you will need to submit a new request. By doing so, you will lose your current place in line with your previous request. At any point in the process, you may withdraw your request and register with your home school in your home attendance boundary.

For more on Open Enrollment in District 197, see Policy 509 - Enrollment of Non-resident Students.

Open Enrollment Applications for the next school year will be acted on in January, February, April and June, then throughout the summer as they are received. Applications received for the current school year will be acted on immediately. Once you receive a notice that your Open Enrollment Application have been accepted, please work with your school’s secretary to complete the enrollment process with the following forms:

In Minnesota, a birth or hospital certificate must also be presented at registration to verify your child’s date of birth. A birth certificate may be obtained from the Northern Dakota County Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West Suite 130, West St. Paul (651-554-6600).

Families should turn in their completed forms to the school district's main office, 1897 Delaware Ave, Mendota Heights. Forms for the 2018-19 school year are now being accepted.

Schools will accept forms and birth/hospital certificates
for the 2019-20 school year at their Kindergarten Registration events:

    • Garlough Environmental Magnet: January 17, 2019 - 4:30-6 p.m.
    • Mendota Elementary: January 17, 2019  - 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet: January 17, 2019 - 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Pilot Knob STEM Magnet: January 17, 2019 - 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Somerset Elementary: January 17, 2019 - 6-7:30 p.m.
Families who do not attend their school's registration night should turn in their forms at the school's main office after the date of the event.



If you would like to tour one of our schools, visit a kindergarten class, receive more information on our programs or have questions regarding your child’s readiness for kindergarten, please call one of the schools listed below.

Garlough Environmental Magnet School
1740 Charlton Street, West St. Paul, MN 55118
651-403-8100 |

Mendota Elementary School
1979 Summit Lane, Mendota Heights, MN 55118
651-403-8000 |

Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School
217 West Moreland Avenue, West St. Paul, MN 55118
651-403-7800 |

Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School
1436 Lone Oak Road, Eagan, MN 55121
651-403-7900 |

Somerset Elementary School
1355 Dodd Road, Mendota Heights, MN 55118
651-403-8200 |