At HPS we Embrace, Engage, and Empower each Kindergarten student for success in an ever-changing world.


We’re glad that you’ve chosen Holland Public Schools for your child’s education.

No matter the student, Holland Public Schools offer programs that are right for them. Mathematicians and musicians. Readers, writers and robotics enthusiasts. The curious and the creative. All students find a place that fits their needs and a path that nurtures their interests. The breadth of our programming is matched only by the diversity of the students that learn, grow and succeed here.

Kindergarten Enrollment Open House

Come discover why Kindergarten at Holland Public Schools is Right for You and your family!

  • February 3, 6-7pm at Holland Heights, West Elementary and Jefferson Elementary 
  • February 10, 6-7pm at Holland Language Academy

HLA Kindergarten Enrollment Timeline

  • February 3 - HLA Sibling applications due
  • February 10 - Kindergarten Enrollment Open House for NEW HLA families | 6-7pm
  • February 24 - Applications due for NEW HLA families
  • March 10 - Enrollment Lottery for open Kindergarten seats at HLA

Ms. McFarland Loves Kindergarten - It's a magical year!

Mrs. McFarland loves teaching Kindergarten. Learn more about what your child will be learning during their first year at HPS.


Kindergarten that's Right for My Family!

Ruth has three children at Holland Heights, and another will start soon! Hear her story about how Holland Public Schools has been Right For Them!


VIDEO: Kindergarten information Night

Watch a video recording from one of our online Kindergarten Information meetings.


Advice for the Class of 2034 from the Class of 2021.

Diamante Balcazar is a member of the Class of 2021. After spending the last 13 years at HPS, he's been accepted at Harvard University to study Political Science. 


Important Dates to Remember!

  • 3 Feb
    • DEADLINE for HLA Sybling Enrollment Applications
      Date: Feb 3
      Calendar: HPS Enrollment
    • Kindergarten Enrollment Open House at HTS | WST | JEF
      Date: Feb 3
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: Holland Heights Elementary, 856 E 12th St, Holland, MI 49423, USA
      Calendar: HPS Enrollment
      Come discover why Kindergarten at Holland Public Schools is Right for You and your family! See the building and classrooms. Meet the principal and teachers. Learn more about Kindergarten and start the enrollment process. A separate Open House will be held at Holland Language Academy on February 10.
  • 10 Feb
    • Kindergarten Enrollment Open House at HLA
      Date: Feb 10
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: Holland Language Academy, 461 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, MI 49423, USA
      Calendar: HPS Enrollment
      Come discover why Kindergarten at Holland Public Schools is Right for You and your family! See the building and classrooms. Meet the principal and teachers. Learn more about Kindergarten and start the enrollment process. A separate Open House will be held at Holland Heights, Jefferson and West Elementary on February 3.
  • 24 Feb
  • 10 Mar

Kindergarten that's Right for ME!

Students in All Day, Every Day Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

  • Participate in a program that focuses on Students in literacy, social skills, and math development
  • Receive a variety of appropriately designed learning experiences – inside and outside of their classroom.
  • Meet every day for their full day program at Jefferson, Heights, West or HLA
  • Are prepared for the rigors of traditional HPS Kindergarten the following year

Students in All Day, Every Day Kindergarten (K)

  • Benefit from a strong literacy focused curriculum
  • Receive in-depth instruction in reading, writing and math
  • Receive hands-on experiences in social studies and science
  • Enjoy weekly instruction in music, art, physical education & STEM
  • Develop socially and emotionally
  • Meet every day, all day at West, Heights or Jefferson

Students in All Day, Every Day Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI)  

  • Participate in the full day program held at Holland Language Academy
  • Receive core HPS Kindergarten curriculum in Spanish in a dynamic and diverse setting, with the goal for every class to have 50% native English speakers and 50% native Spanish speakers (the defnition of TWBI)
  • Participate in engaging 90/10 instruction (90% Spanish/10% English) beginning in Kindergarten, and moving to 50/50 in the upper grades

Before & After

Before you enroll your child...

Before beginning an academic year, a kindergarten student must turn 5-years-old by September 1.  However, If your student turns 5 by December 1, you may be eligible for a Kindergarten Waiver. Please ask the secretary at your neighborhood elementary school for a kindergarten waiver form.

What you'll need to enroll your child: 

  • Proof of address. (Please bring a current bill, lease agreement or license that shows your current address.)
  • Photo ID of parent or guardian enrolling the student.
  • Student's birth certificate
  • Immunization records 
  • Proof of Hearing and Vision Testing

After completing the online registration, someone from your school will contact you to arrange a time for you to drop these items off at the school.

...after you enroll your child.

Our Kindergarten Screening Process helps us make sure we’re connecting with every student’s unique learning needs. We schedule individualized screening appointments for youngsters and parents on specific dates in May.

The results provide an evaluation resource for parents and teachers to review prior to finalizing the decision about program and class placement.

Once your enrollment is completed, we will contact you with information about K-Screening. Please continue to watch the HPS Website for information about K-Screening events in May and August.  


Neighborhood Schools

At Holland Public, three neighborhood elementary schools welcome preK-5th grade students with experienced, caring teachers. Plus, the Holland Language Academy challenges TK-5th graders to explore core curriculum in a unique two-way, bilingual-immersion model.



HPS Core Values:

  • Success for All-Our students develop their innate abilities to be life, career, and college ready.
  • Educational Excellence-We provide state and nationally recognized academic programs and extra-curricular activities measured by high standards of performance and personalized support.
  • Innovation-We continuously improve through the study and implementation of best practices and programs with high expectations for achievement.  
  • Passion-We employ committed, talented, and passionate individuals who care for the students and families they serve.
  • Inclusion-It is our collective responsibility to foster respect, a sense of belonging, and success that honors each individual.
  • Equity-We ensure that our policies, practices, and programs serve our growing and evolving community.
  • Safety-We provide all students and staff powerful learning opportunities in safe, secure, and predictable environments.
  • Collaboration-We intentionally develop family and community partnerships to share the responsibility for the success of our students.
  • Proactive-We study and respond to the ever-changing needs of our community and intentionally invest the necessary resources to support our vision and mission.