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2020 Kindergarten Enrollment

The district is currently accepting kindergarten enrollments for the 2020-21 school year. Families may register for the 2020-21 academic year in the following ways:

  • Online enrollment - Enroll on the appropriate online enrollment link below:
    • Current families (those who already have student/s enrolled in the district), click here.
    • Brand new families (those who do not already have students enrolled in the district), click here.
    • Find instructions and a live link into the enrollment process here.
    • For assistance, email 
  • Paper Kindergarten enrollment packet - Find the enrollment packet here as a PDF. Print off the forms, complete them, and return them to the Centralized Enrollment Office (District Center, 4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake) or any district elementary school. 
    • Non-Resident Kindergarten Enrollment - White Bear Lake Area Schools accepts open enrollment, with district placement based upon availability. If you would prefer to complete a paper enrollment, you can fill out this enrollment packet.

For additional information or assistance, please call the district's Centralized Enrollment Office at 651-407-7674.


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2020 Welcome to White Bear

Welcome to White Bear Week: Jan. 6-10, 2020

Kindergarten Information Nights:

  • Birch Lake Elementary - 6 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2020
  • Hugo Elementary (paired with Oneka Elementary) - 6 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2020
  • Lakeaires Elementary - 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2020
  • Lincoln Elementary - 6 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2020
  • Matoska International IB World School -5:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2020
  • Otter Lake Elementary - 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2020
  • Vadnais Heights Elementary - 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2020
  • Willow Lane Elementary - 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2020

If the opportunities listed above do not work in your family’s schedule, please contact any of our schools directly to set up an individual tour or ask any questions.

Kindergarten Gathering
Students have a chance to meet the kindergarten teachers and tour the school at these interactive evening events hosted at all district elementary schools in April of 2020.

Find additional information about our Kindergarten and Elementary offerings here.


K-5 Programming

The White Bear Lake Area Schools offer a choice of K-5 programs: 

  • The Full-Day, Every-Day Kindergarten option is a free kindergarten program offered at all elementary schools in the District.
  • Matoska International IB World School is a program offered to all students in the White Bear Lake Area School District. The program is an International Baccalaureate (IB) world school. The District provides transportation from any point in the school district for students enrolled at this school. Learn more at the Matoska International website.

Elementary Curriculum

On July 30, Governor Walz announced a framework that allows local school districts to determine how they will begin the 2020-21 school year based on COVID-19 case data by county. On Friday, August 7 the School Board approved a Fall 2020 Return to School Plan, during a School Board Special Work Session. See the district presentation and meeting recording

White Bear Lake Area Schools will be offering a Hybrid Learning Model for all students K-12+. A Distance Learning Model will also be available for all families who choose that as an option. Regardless of which learning model a family chooses for its student(s), we are committed to providing an engaging, equitable and quality learning experience for each student.

Specific plans regarding transportation, health and safety guidelines and the learning models are outlined in the Fall 2020 Return to School Guide.

Fall 2020 Return to School Guide

District plans will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.

The nine elementary schools in the White Bear Lake Area School District serves students in kindergarten through 5th grades. Children are eligible to be enrolled in the White Bear Lake Area Public Schools if their legal address is within the boundaries of the school district. To enroll a child in kindergarten, he/she must be five years of age on or before September 1.

For more information about elementary schools and their curricula, call the Office of Teaching and Learning at (651) 407-7568.

Overview of Elementary Curriculum

The literacy curriculum is made up of several areas. Students learn reading skills through literature, content materials, and from their reading textbooks. Students learn how the printed word impacts their lives and that reading is used for gaining information, for leisure and enjoyment, and that it is a life long activity. Students keep a record of what they read because reading for practice is necessary for developing reading skills.

  • Introduction in oral and written expression emphasizes the student's use of good listening skills and ability to express ideas both orally and in written form.
  • Spelling focuses on teaching students to spell words correctly both in daily work and in testing formats. Students are encouraged to spell words even if they are not certain of the exact letters - proofreading then helps correct any errors.
  • In primary grades, handwriting encourages the student to form letters correctly and write legibly in daily work. At the intermediate level, handwriting is assessed as a part of all written work.


For more detail, view the Minnesota Department of Education, K-12 English Language Arts (ELA) Standards curriculum page.  


Special Programs

Academic Standards

Standards approved by the Minnesota Department of Education and the Legislature. (All are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader)