Phone: (616) 786-2050

Enrollment Information & Schools of Choice

Kindergarten Programs

West Ottawa Public Schools offers both Prekindergarten and Kindergarten programs for children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year. Waiver forms are available for children turning 5 between September 1 and December 1.

Our kindergarten showcase for 2019-2020 Kindergarten enrollment will be held on January 24, 2019, at 6 P.M. at all West Ottawa elementary schools. For more information regarding kindergarten, please contact you elementary school.

Young Kinders is a full-day everyday program with locations at various locations based on enrollment.

Kindergarten is a full-day everyday program offered at each of our elementary schools.

All children are screened prior to placement. Screening takes place during the months of May and June. You will be contacted by the school to set up an appointment for the screening.

Specialized Kindergarten Programs

Spanish Immersion Kindergarten is a full-day everyday program offered at Lakeshore Elementary School.

pdficon_small Spanish Immersion Brochure

pdficon_small Spanish Immersion Application

Montessori Kindergarten is a full-day everyday program offered at Waukazoo Elementary School.

pdficon_small Montessori Brochure

pdficon_small Montessori Application

Student Enrollment

Welcome to West Ottawa Public Schools. We are so pleased to have you and your child join our school family. Our highly qualified staff is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment, honoring diversity, and delivering quality and challenging programs for your child. Most of all, our staff has a heart for your child, and we are dedicated to meeting his/her needs as an individual learner.

For New Families to West Ottawa:

2019-20 Enrollment

K-12 Enrollment: Online registration for 2019-20 will open January 24, 2019.

2018-19 Enrollment

K-12 Enrollment: Online registration for 2018-19 is now open. Please complete Online Registration for New Families and select “18-19 Next School Year” from the drop-down menu when asked to select the school year for which you are enrolling. If you do not have an email address, please complete registration through the Online Registration Kiosk.

Preschool Enrollment: Preschool enrollments are completed on paper forms at the school building. Enrollment packets for 2018-2019 WOW and Spanish Immersion preschool programs will be available at Lakeshore Elementary beginning January 15, 2018, but will not be accepted before January 25, 2018 at 6 PM.

Registration for GSRP begins February 1 each year. To register for GSRP, please contact Jenine Elzinga at Lakewood Elementary, located at 2134 W. Lakewood Blvd, phone number (616) 786-1300.

For Existing Students:

Pre-enrollment online: Online registration is required to be completed annually through Parent Portal accounts and should be completed by the June 1st each year for the following school year.  If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please complete the request form located on our Parent Portal webpage.

External Schools of Choice

West Ottawa Public Schools is pleased to offer Schools of Choice for non-resident students who qualify. The State Aid Act allows districts to enroll non-resident students through Section 105 and 105c.  Section 105 permits local school districts to enroll students who reside in other local school districts within the same intermediate school district.  Section 105c allows enrollment of students who reside in school districts in contiguous intermediate school districts.  West Ottawa will accept unlimited enrollment of non-resident students through Section 105 and 105c.

Applications for the second semester of the 2018.19 school year will be accepted from January 7 – January 18, 2019. 

If you would like to apply for Schools of Choice for 2018.19 second semester, please begin the application process by submitting a completed  pdficon_small 2018.19 Non-Resident Enrollment Application.  Applications may be returned via hand delivery, US Mail or email.  See the application form for further details.  Upon acceptance, you will be asked to complete the online enrollment process.

Program or building preference cannot be guaranteed with acceptance.

Applications for the 2019.20 school year will be accepted from January 7 – August 27, 2019. 

Internal Schools of Choice

Parents of resident students may request that their child attend a school outside their attendance area by completing an Internal Schools of Choice Application request.

  1. Internal Schools of Choice requests will be honored based on space and availability in the school requested.
  2. Once approved, the Internal Schools of Choice student will be grandfathered into the requested school. The Schools of Choice student’s place in their assigned attendance area is now vacant and will be filled by other requests. If the Schools of Choice student requests to return to their assigned attendance area, placement will be based upon space and availability.
  3. Transportation for Schools of Choice children is the parents’ responsibility.

The Internal Schools of Application form is included in our online registration application. If a student is already enrolled and would like to request a transfer, please download and complete one of the following:

pdficon_small Elementary Schools of Choice Application for 2018-2019

pdficon_small Primaria aplicacion interna de escuela de eleccion 2018-2019

pdficon_small Middle School Schools of Choice Application for 2018-2019

pdficon_small Secundaria aplicacion interna de escuela de eleccion 2018-2019


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