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Kindergarten Registration

Mars Area Primary Center offers a half-day kindergarten program (AM - 9 to 11:40 a.m.;
PM - 12:45 to 3:25 p.m.). No mid-day bus transportation is provided. 
As per District policy, the Kindergarten Program at Mars Area Primary Center is open to children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the corresponding school year. 

Kindergarten Registration Packets (for the current school year)

Parent(s)/guardian(s) of students transferring into the current Mars Area Primary Center's Kindergarten Program after the start of the school year may obtain a New Student Enrollment Packet, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the District's Administration Office (545 Route 228; Mars, Pa. 16046). Questions regarding the completion of student registration forms/information may be directed to Mrs. Kris Barr at (724) 625-1518, ext. 1510, or

APPOINTMENT REQUESTS — Parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Barr when dropping off a completed New Student Enrollment Packet at the District’s Administration Office. By scheduling an appointment, parent(s)/guardian(s) will be guaranteed attention to any specific questions regarding student registration requirements, form/information completion, etc., which will also allow for a more expedited registration process. To schedule an appointment, contact Mrs. Barr at (724) 625-1518, ext. 1510, or

2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration
For more information about 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration, see below:
  • Registration Packet Pick-UpThursday, Feb. 25 & Friday, Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., MASD Administration Office (545 Route 228, Mars). Note: Parents/guardians who pick up a packet on these dates will also receive their Kindergarten Registration Lottery Ticket. The selection of AM or PM Kindergarten session is done through a lottery system. Once the maximum class size is reached, the session will be closed and individuals may be placed on a waiting list for their session preference.

  • Starting Lottery Number AnnouncedMonday, March 1. An Adams Township Police officer will pull the Starting Lottery Number, which will be announced and posted on the District’s website

  • Kindergarten Lottery Registration DayFriday, April 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m., Mars Area Centennial School (100 Winfield Manor Dr., Mars). Mars Area School District will begin accepting completed Kindergarten Registration Packets for the 2020-2021 School Year. Upon registering, parents/guardians may also make appointment for Mars Area Primary Center’s Pre-Kindergarten Assessments, to be held on Friday, May 7.

  • Pre-Kindergarten Assessments — Friday, May 7, by appointment only. (Note: Assessments determine a student’s fundamental skills such as letter and number identification, writing, etc. and inform parents and teachers as to the student’s readiness to attend kindergarten.) Any parents/guardians, who are unable to attend the Kindergarten Lottery Registration Day, may make an appointment for a Pre-Kindergarten Assessment by contacting the Primary Center at (724) 625-1588, beginning Monday, April 19. All assessments are by appointment only. 

General Information

Lottery Registration Day (general information)

Mars Area Primary Center holds a Kindergarten Lottery Registration Day event for the following school year each spring (March-April)

On Kindergarten Lottery Registration Day, the selection of AM or PM Kindergarten session is done through a lottery system. (Note: All lottery tickets will distributed at a Mars Area School District kindergarten event. Tickets will not distributed outside of the designated event, which will be recommended for parents/guardians  of all incoming kindergartners as important information about registration requirements, District policies and procedures, and additional notifications will be  provided.) Once the maximum class size is reached, the session is closed and individuals may be placed on a waiting list for their session preference.

Parents taking part in the lottery system must be present at the event and must have a completed registration packet.

Kindergarten Registration Events

In addition to registration, the Mars Area Primary Center typically holds a:

    • Kindergarten Preview (January-February) for students planning to register for the school's Kindergarten Program and their parents;
    • Kindergarten Lottery Registration Day (March-April) for parents registering their students for Kindergarten.
    • Pre-Kindergarten Assessments by appointment for students registered for kindergarten (March-April); and, a
    • "PC Play Date - Watermelon Welcome" event (May) for students registered to attend Kindergarten Program and their parents

Dates/information pertinent to kindergarten registration and corresponding events will be communicated to parents and posted on the District's website well in advance.

For more information regarding general Student Registration, click here.