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Kindergarten FAQ's

2017 Tour Dates for Incoming K and Transitional K: October 3rd, 10th, and 17th

Time: 8:30am to 10:00am
Location: Auditorium
Website to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0444aaa823a64-fall

Annual Day as a Dolphin for Incoming K
Date: May 15th
Meet in Auditorium for incoming TK and K students

Is my child ready for Kindergarten?

    • It depends on your child. Children 5 years old as of September 1 are eligible for Kindergarten.  
    • Loma Portal will also continue to offer a Transitional K class (half-day program) for those children that turn 5 between Sept-Dec. Learn more here

How do I register my child?

    • If you are not a resident of the area, School Choice for the 2018-2019 school year:You must fill out the online application between the dates Oct. 2 to Nov. 13, 2018 
      online app: https://www.sandiegounified.org/school-choice-application

    • Registration Kick Off will be on May 15th, 2018 at our special incoming K and TK student event: Day As A Dolphin.

What is the start time? Can I drop off earlier?

    • Loma Portal classroom hours are 8:20 AM - 2:40 PM

    • There is supervision on the Kindergarten Playground from 8:05 AM

    • When the Run for Life program begins (September 5, 2017) a student may participate and run laps on the upper black top. Drop off for this is at 8 AM M-F.

  • What is the end time? How is pick up done?

    • Dismissal is at 2:40pm M, Tu, W, F. Thursday dismissal is at 12:35pm. All Kindergartners must be picked up at their classroom door by a parent or guardian

    • Transitional Kindergarten at Loma Portal is a half-day program and releases at 12:35pm every day.

  • Is there a snack before lunch?

    • Yes! There is a break for a snack and a snack recess in the mid morning. All recess time is shared with 1 other Kinder class on the Kinder playground.  You will pack their snack each day.

  • Is there lunch everyday?

    • Yes, even on Thursdays. Please send a lunch with your child or they can get a hot lunch for $2 at the cafeteria using their prepaid account. Kindergartners eat with other Kinders at their own tables in the lunch arbor. k play yard

  • Is there recess everyday?

    • Yes, two! Everyday a snack recess and a lunch recess, and sometimes a late afternoon recess. Usually recess time is shared with 1 other Kinder class on the Kinder playground which includes swings, a play structure, play house, bikes and scooters, blocks and other equipment specifically reserved for the Kindergartners. 

  • Are there bathrooms nearby?

    • Yes, there are bathrooms in two Kinder classrooms and also bathrooms right outside all K classrooms. 

  • What enrichment outside the classroom is offered?

    • Every week your child will attend the Computer Lab, the Library, P.E. and Music class. They will also be able to check out books. There are also a variety of after school programs, on campus, available for your child. View examples here.

  • What is a typical classroom daily schedule?

    • Please check out the K teacher websites to view their schedules on the classrooms section of this website. Usually it revolves around reading, writing, and language centers in the morning; then math, art or science in the afternoon. 

  • Is there small group instruction?

    • Yes, kindergartners rotate different centers/stations during the day. The teacher is then able to work with a small group of students at a time to really help develop their skills. 

    • Because our Transitional Kindergarten is half-day, Mrs. Knaplund/Mrs. Southern spend the afternoon working with small groups of kindergarteners who need a little extra help.  This is a unique program only found at Loma Portal!

    • For 2016-17 class size is 25 in Kindergarten through 3rd grade.


  • Can I volunteer in my child's class?


  • Is there homework in kindergarten?

    • Not the first weeks. Usually homework is distributed Monday in a folder that your child brings back on Friday. It includes extra enrichment for your child to do at home and with you. 


  • Are there field trips?

    • Yes, in the Spring all Kindergarteners go to the San Diego Zoo on a bus provided by the Foundation. There is also usually a field trip to Sea World in May. Both are very exciting trips for your child.  We advise you to purchase a Loma Portal logo wear shirt so your child is easy to spot on a field trip.


  • How can I meet other incoming K families?

    • Please come to the Summer Playdate days scheduled over the summer on the K playground. Incoming kindergarteners and their families are encouraged to come play and meet other families. Sign up to receive Loma Portal e-Blasts so you will know when these are.


  • Is there before and after school care? 


  • Is the campus secure?

    • The kindergarten gate is locked at 8:25am and all other gates are locked by 9:30am. If you must remain on campus after the bell rings, you must go to the office and sign in.  Loma Portal also has a newly installed PA system that is audible to the entire campus in case of emergency announcements.



Have further questions? Please contact our Kindergarten Tours Chairperson, Heather Nelson at nicholsheather@yahoo.com