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Welcome to Manistee Area Public Schools

Time to Sign Up for MAPS Kindergarten & Pre-School 

Register Today!

We are excited for your student to start their first step on a journey that begins in early childhood and continues through high school!

Jefferson Elementary:  Childcare & Pre-K – 2nd grade

Registration information can be submitted online by clicking on one of the buttons below.  Please send us your information ASAP. Once we receive your information, we will send to you a registration packet along with something special for your student!  

Thank you for considering MAPS Pre-School and Kindergarten for your student, we look forward to meeting your family!

Registering for Pre-School or Kindergarten Begins Here!

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Pre-School Entry

Will your child be (three) 3 years old or (four) 4 years old on September 1, 2024?

If yes, click the button below to share your information to start the registration process for Pre-School.

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Kindergarten Entry

Will your child be (five) 5 years old on or before Sept 1, 2024?

If yes, click the button below to share your information to start the registration process for Kindergarten.

Jefferson Elementary

Principal: Julia Raddatz
Location: 515 Bryant Avenue Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone: 231-723-9285
Fax: 231-398-2021
School Office Hours: M-F: 7:30am – 4pm

Administrative Team

Principal: Julia Raddatz – raddatzj@manistee.org    

Administrative Assistant: Amy Miller – amiller@manistee.org



Important Information for Families!

FIRST….Register today to receive an information packet for starting the 2023-24 school year!

Must-have Information Needed to Enroll

  • Official birth certificate
  • Immunization records
  • Last 4 digits of the student’s social security number

Other Suggested Documentation if Applicable:

  • Proof of current Hearing/Vision Screening (screenings will be offered at no charge during clinic if needed)
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) – if applicable
  • Parental Rights/Custody Documentation – if applicable


  • Submit registration documents
  • Have copies of the required documents made

If you have any questions please contact Kasandra at Jefferson Elementary School at 723-9285.  We look forward to welcoming you and your child to the MAPS family!

Please submit your information to us ASAP!  

Please click the button above that matches your child’s age and complete the questions.  We will receive it at Jefferson Elementary and will send follow up information as it becomes available.

If your child was in the GSRP,  Headstart, or MAPS Preschool program during the last school year, he/she WILL still need to register for Kindergarten.

In preparation for the construction of our new elementary school, MAPS Pre-School and GSRP students will be attending school at the Jefferson Elementary building for the 2023-24 school year. The classrooms and outdoor play space have been prepared to meet the needs of our youngest learners at Jefferson, where they will be attending with our Kindergarten through 2nd grade students.

If you have questions or need assistance please reach out to us: Jefferson Elementary Office: Call: 231-723-9285 or Email: kkjohnson@manistee.org

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t have a copy of my child’s birth certificate, what do I do?

Most county clerk’s offices have an option to order birth certificates online and mailed to you for a fee.  Search online using the name of the county where your child was born, add county clerk, and birth certificate. (ex:  Wexford County Clerk, Birth Certificate.)  *We recommend you get multiple copies as they come in handy over the years!

I’m not sure what to do about immunizations right now.
  • Manistee Area Public Schools has a clinic for students located at the MMHS campus.  The Child And Adolescent Health Center is available for immunizations.  Call for an appointment at (231) 887-4801.
  • Manistee County Health Department #10 is also scheduling immunizations regularly (231) 723-3595.  
  • If your child is unable to receive immunizations due to allergies, health conditions, etc, this must be registered through the Health Department before school starts.

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