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School of Choice

Schools are assigned according to residential address. Parents interested in sending a child to a school other than his/her school of residence may complete a School of Choice (SOC) application.

Transportation is not provided. 

SOC applications are available from Jan. through March at the Educational Support Services (ESS) office, 2080 Mission Ave. If you have further SOC questions, please contact 760-966-7849. 

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Welcome to Kindergarten

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In 2010, California passed the Kindergarten Readiness Act.  This bill, Senate Bill 1381, introduced changes in the enrollment dates for children entering kindergarten: a child must turn 5 yrs. old on or before September 1. 

Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate students born before Sept. 2 or after Dec. 2, due to the limitation of space in our schools.


You may pre-register your incoming kindergartener online. Schools are assigned according to residential address. Upon completion, gather the following documents and bring to your school office. 

  1. Pre-registration documents
  2. Birth certificate
  3. Immunization records
  4. Two proofs of residency within OUSD boundaries (utility bill, mortgage or rental agreement)

Please check here for kindergarten registration dates and office hours by site: 2019-2020 Registration Dates & Times by Sites

Half-Day Kindergarten Programs

Half-day kindergarten runs in two sessions, A.M. and P.M. The schedule depends on the bell times of the designated school (Early or Late start):  

Early start half-day K programs: 

8:15 to 11:35 a.m. OR 11:35 to 2:55 p.m.

Late start half-day K programs:

8:55 to 12:15 p.m. OR 12:15 to 3:35 p.m. 

Foussat 760-721-2200 (Late)
Ivey Ranch 760-967-9720 (Early)
North Terrace 760-901-7500 (Late)
Palmquist 760-901-8500 (Early)
Santa Margarita 760-901-7900 (Early)
Stuart Mesa 760-901-7700 (Early)

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program Offerings

OUSD offers a variety of extended-day and half-day kindergarten programs. Half-day programs are available in both the morning and afternoon.  Scroll down the page for a listing of programs and how to register. 

extended-day late start kindergarten

The following OUSD schools operate under the late start bell schedule. 

M, T, Th, F: 8:55-2:50 p.m.

Wed.: 8:55-1:05 p.m.

Del Rio 760-7300

Garrison 760-901-7600

Libby 760-901-7000

Mission 760-966-8700

Nichols 760-435-7400

San Luis Rey 760-757-2360

South Oceanside 760-435-2100

extended-day early start kindergarten

The following OUSD schools operate under the early start bell schedule. 

M, T, Th, F:  8:15-2:10 p.m.

Wed.: 8:15-12:25 p.m.

Laurel 760-966-4200

McAuliffe 760-722-8357

Reynolds ES 760-901-7200

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