School Choice Information

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Greetings from Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School

We are excited to share all about our incredible learning community. We are a PSD “option school” and offer multiple upcoming opportunities for families to learn more about us as the school choice application process begins on November 1, 2023.

At Kinard, we believe that a positive middle school experience is created with a focus on the whole child. We are committed to a culture that ensures a high level of learning for all, where students feel engaged, supported, and challenged. We hope our upcoming events will foster a healthy transition to middle school for your child and help you learn more about our school.

If you are interested in learning more about Kinard as an option for your child’s middle school experience, please join us for the following events:

Core Knowledge Information Nights 

Join Principal Lindsey Matkin and several staff members to learn more about the curricular connection between our Core Knowledge Elementary Schools and Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School. ​

  • Monday, November 6, 2023 at Bethke Elementary 6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at Traut Elementary 6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Monday, November 13, 2023 at O’Dea Elementary 6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at Zach Elementary 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Incoming 6th Grade Family Night

Our Incoming 6th Grade Family Night is designed for parents and 5th grade students to learn more about the Core Knowledge curriculum sequence, Kinard's culture, character education, parent partnership, wellness, student leadership programs, world language, STEM opportunities, athletics, clubs, and more! 

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2023 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Friday Talk and Tours 

Parents/Guardians are invited to join the Kinard administration team to learn more about our state-of-the-art facility and to observe a school day in action. This event is geared towards parents/guardians who were not able to attend one of the Core Knowledge Information Nights or our Incoming 5th Grade Family Night. This event is designed for parents/guardians and we ask for students to refrain from joining this specific event.  We will have other events designed specifically for incoming 6th grade students to join. Sign up here to attend one of the upcoming Friday Talk and Tours.

  • Friday, November 17, 2023 9:00 - 10:30 AM
  • Friday, December 8, 2023 9:00 -10:30 AM

Student Shadow Opportunities

Additionally, we have a limited number of Student Shadow Opportunities in December, where 5th grade students can experience a morning in the life of a Kinard middle schooler. Due to the limited number of spaces for student shadows, we ask that only students who are still undecided about their middle school selection sign up. Please sign up here for your child to participate in a student shadow opportunity.

In PSD, “option schools” do not have neighborhood boundaries, instead student enrollment is determined by the PSD School Choice policy. Information about the 2024-25 school choice timeline and process can be found on the PSD School Choice Website. All families who would like for their child to attend Kinard must apply through the school choice process.

For questions about enrollment, registration, or anything related to attending Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School, please contact our school counselors:

For more information about enrollment at Kinard, visit our website. You can also follow us on social media for additional updates and information: Facebook or Instagram.

Thank you,

Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School


PSD does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, age or disability in access or admission to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.