Norwich, VT is home to approximately 3,400 people. Norwich is located along the Connecticut River in the Upper Valley, across the river from Hanover, NH and Dartmouth College. Children living in Norwich attend Marion Cross School for grades K-6 and then join Hanover students to attend middle and high school.
"Community is a concept we take very seriously in Norwich. " —Tom Candon, Chair, Norwich School Board
To register your child for Pre-K you need to:
- Register for your school of choice.
Marion Cross School hosts a pre-K program on site Monday - Thursday from 8:30am to 11:00am. In addition, Norwich Nursery School and Child Care Center in Norwich (as well as several other Vermont child-care programs) have partnership agreements with the Norwich School District to provide a publicly funded, high quality, pre-kindergarten program for eligible three and four year olds. Public funding is applied toward the private program cost for 10 hours per week for 35 weeks.
- Complete the online pre-registration form:
2019-20 State Wide Rate: $3,356.
Kindergarten registration happens every spring and is advertised in the Valley News transaction ads, posted to the Norwich Listserv and mailed to current MCS families. There are several steps to the kindergarten registration process including: pre-registration forms, kindergarten screening, and registration forms.
- 19-20 pre-registration form
- Kindergarten Questionnaire and return to the MCS main office or bring with you on Screening Day
- End of March-April: Kindergarten Screening Day
- June: Incoming Kindergarten Parent Night
- Summer: Parents receive SAU 70 email containing information and instructions to complete/update annual back to school forms.
- August: Classroom placements and teacher letters mailed home.
- Day Before School Starts: Welcome Back Open House where students can tour classroom and meet teachers (2:00-3:00pm)
- First Day of School: PTO Breakfast for Kindergarten parents
|Schedule a Tour|
Katie Cormier, the Marion Cross School Counselor, can answer questions you might have, set up a tour, provide an information session for you and your child and help you with the transition.
|Frequently Asked Question|
- What is kindergarten screening?
- What does a typical day look like for a kindergartener at MCS?
- Where and when is pick-up and drop off?
- Are there any kindergarten meet-ups during the summer?
- How many kindergarten classes are there?
- How many students are in a typical kindergarten class?
The purpose of kindergarten screening is to assess student readiness for kindergarten. During the screening your child will meet with: the school nurse for vision and hearing tests; special education teachers, our occupational therapist, speech therapist, and kindergarten teachers to access for any unidentified needs. Kindergarten screening is not about academic needs and more about social skills and ability to work with others.
Kindergarten screening happens during the course of one day. Students are led through different stations in small groups for about 45 minutes while parents can meet and ask questions about Kindergarten and Marion Cross School.
Every day begins with a morning meeting where students gather and greet one another. Kindergarten students have a morning and afternoon snack as well as a morning and lunchtime recess. MCS does not have a cafeteria, so students each lunch in the classroom. In the afternoon, there is a quiet time where students rest. Students are not expected to sleep during this time, but it's ok if they do. Kindergarteners have a special everyday. The specials are library, music, art, PE and French. All of the specials meet once a week, except PE which meeting twice a week and French which meets in the classroom everyday.
On Fridays, kindergarten classes spend the day at the outdoor classroom in the Milt Frye Area behind the school for Forest Fridays. More information about Forest Fridays
School starts at 8:10am, but students can be dropped off as early as 7:30am. Kindergarteners are restricted to the area near the play structure in front of school and kindergarten classes line up to go inside with their teachers in this area.
School ends at 3:10pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 2:10pm on Wednesdays. Kindergarteners are picked up in the COOP area outside the kindergarten classrooms. The teacher must see the person picking up your child and shake hands with your child before he or she is dismissed.
MCS is a hectic place for pick up and drop off. The bus lane is close to kindergarten classrooms, but you cannot use the bus driveway when buses are present. After 7:40, you can typically use the bus lane for drop off. If you use the bus lane, pull all the way in the driveway, go up the short hill, use the bus turnaround, and drop off your children by the fence. This way your child gets out on the right-hand side of their cars. We have has some close calls with children crossing the lane of traffic. It truly is much safer not having children dart across the driveway. After school, the bus lane is not available for use.
St. Barnabas (the grey church) has been both generous and flexible with us, offering us their front and back lots as drop off/pick up sites for children at the beginning and end of the day. If you park here, please walk your child across the bus lane to school.
Registering for School
The first step in registering a student at Marion Cross School is to call the front office (802-649-1703) to arrange a tour and provide some basic information.
Parents of all new students, including incoming pre-K and K students, should complete an online pre-registration form. It can be accessed by clicking here. Birth certificates immunizations, and proof of residency may be uploaded or brought/mailed to MCS Front Office.
We look forward to your joining our community. Please let us know if there is anything she can do to help.