There is no more important work than preparing our youngest learners to take on the world. The 4-year-old kindergarten program offered by the Mequon-Thiensville School District offers all young children in Mequon and Thiensville with the opportunity to participate in a quality early learning program designed to launch them to a promising future.
Our 4K is an activity-based, developmentally appropriate program taught by highly-qualified Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction licensed early childhood or pre-kindergarten teachers. Our passionate educators nurture students’ innate curiosity while preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.
The 4K curriculum is aligned to the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. A focus on learning through play and active exploration of the environment nurtures skills in literacy, numeracy and social-emotional development.
Students also gain regular exposure to visual art, music, and physical education through classes taught by specialized, licensed educators.
We offer a tuition-free, half-day kindergarten for four-year-olds, five days per week at our three elementary schools—Donges Bay, Oriole Lane, and Wilson—as well as one morning section with community partner Range Line Preschool and Childcare. Classes run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (morning session) or 1:15-4 p.m. (afternoon session). We do not currently offer full-day 4K.
Please note: We do not offer full-day wraparound care for 4K. We do offer Before and After School Care (prior to 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m.) Click here for more information about the Kids' Campus Before & After School Program.
Morning and Afternoon Placements & Lottery
Families indicate their morning or afternoon program preference during pre-registration. Student placements in morning or afternoon sections will be made according to family preference whenever possible. We retain the right to make final decisions on placements.
If more families indicate a preference for a morning or afternoon section than we have available seats, we will enact a formal lottery system, which is the most equitable approach to situations in which capacity is limited. Registrations received after May 1, 2021 will not be included in the lottery.
Families may still enroll at any time after the May 1 pre-registration deadline, however, those families will not participate in the class preference lottery.
Some steps of 4K pre-registration have changed due to the fact that our school buildings are closed to visitors during the ongoing pandemic.
The pre-registration window will open on March 1, 2021 and close on May 1, 2021.
Families are asked to pre-register their child for 4K (or 5K if the child will be new to MTSD). The online pre-registration window will be open from March 1, 2021 through May 1, 2021.
Following pre-registration, families will also be asked to complete online enrollment (which is required of all students and is different than pre-registration) and attend in-person registration day, which is held in August. We will provide further information regarding these activities in advance.
Range Line Preschool & Childcare is a community partner site for families who prefer that their child receive instruction at the same facility as their full-day childcare. Range Line Preschool offers the same curriculum as is taught at our three school sites, taught by a DPI-certified teacher and under the supervision of administrative staff from the school district.
Please note: Families must enroll with MTSD for this 4K option, and must also enroll separately with Range Line Preschool for before- or after-school childcare needs. Please plan to submit documentation and proof of residency to the school district office.