Education briefs

February 11, 2008

Three dates remain to sign up for Washington County kindergarten, pre-K

Three dates remain to register kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children for the 2008-09 school year in Washington County Public Schools.

Those dates are Wednesdays April 16, May 14 and July 9.

To be eligible for prekindergarten, a child must be 4 years old by Sept. 1.

To be eligible to enter kindergarten in the coming school year, a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 1.

Registration will be held at individual schools on the dates above.

Kindergarten and prekindergarten registration is not limited to those dates, but school staff recommends scheduling an appointment in advance if registration must be completed on another date.

The pre-K program will be available in the 2008-09 school year at Bester, Clear Spring, Funkstown, Hancock, Hickory, Lincolnshire, Salem Avenue, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg and Winter Street elementary schools, and at Robinwood Early Childhood Center.


The program also is available at The Learning Center at the former Surrey School in Hagerstown and the Children's Learning Center at Hagerstown Community College.

Prekindergarten applicants must meet income eligibility guildelines. For more information, call 301-766-2955.

Frederick County schools course guide available

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County public schools offer hundreds of courses for middle and high school students in the process of registering for next year. All are described in the new 2008-09 course guides, distributed to each student and posted online at

High school students countywide can apply for programs such as the Teaching Academy offered at Brunswick High, Environmental Academy at Catoctin, Arts and Communication Academy at Gov. Thomas Johnson, Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Linganore or the International Baccalaureate Program at Urbana.

There also are about 25 programs at the FCPS Career and Technology Center, Project Lead the Way pre-engineering programs and others listed in the new FCPS High School Course Offering Guide.

The guide also includes a career-planning tool and new courses called "pilot programs." Examples are Chinese 2 and Mock Trial.

Parents and students seeking additional information may contact school guidance offices. School phone numbers are online at and in the guides.

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