Our district and schools are on SUMMER HOURS until Friday, July 26, 2019. Our summer district office hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. School hours vary by location. Schools and district offices are closed on Friday during summer hours. Our district will return to regular business hours Monday, July 29, 2019.

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Program Description

Hillsborough County Public Schools offers a full day, academic program for children who meet the age requirement of five years of age by September 1. Students are assigned to schools based on their home address and you can identify your assigned school using our School Locator.

Requirements for Kindergarten Enrollment

Florida State Statute requires children to be 5-years-old on or before September 1 of that school year to be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten. There are no exceptions to this rule and no tests that can be taken to bypass the rule.

For children who move to Florida from out-of-state, we are able to accept a child who does not meet the age requirement ONLY IF the child was enrolled in another state for a minimum of 4 weeks and met the age requirements in place for the state from which they are moving.

Registering for Kindergarten in Hillsborough County

We strongly urge families to register for kindergarten between February 1 and August 1. Do not wait until the first day of school to register or you will find yourself in a long line and the process will take much longer than need be.

View paperwork you should bring to the school.

Once you have your paperwork collected, please call your child’s school and ask to speak to the Data Processor (DP). Let the DP know what paperwork you plan to bring and arrange for a good time to bring it into the office. He/she may be able to save you a trip by confirming you are bringing the correct paperwork!

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Registration Information


VPK and Kindergarten Information
(813) 272-4959


Kindergarten Countdown

Application Timeline

Registration for kindergarten opens in January for the following school year and continues through the summer. Early registration is encouraged.

Families interested in choosing a school other than their assigned school may do so by following our Choice procedures outlined on our Choice Options webpage or by calling their office at 813-272-4692.

Hours of Operation

Bell times may vary - Bell Schedule information


There are no fees for the kindergarten program. Families requiring after school care for their child can contact our HOST Program (Hillsborough Out of School Time) for hours and fees for this program by calling 813-744-8942 #3 or visiting their website the HOST Program website.

More information: Kindergarten

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