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    Enroll For Kindergarten Now

    If your child turns 5 by August 31, it's time to register for kindergarten.  Visit our Register for Kindergarten webpage for more information.

    Early registration for kindergarten starts a connection to your school community. You will meet other families and learn about:

    • School activities and events
    • Before and afterschool programs
    • Drop off and pickup schedules
    • Free and reduced price meals
    • Tutoring and enrichment activities

    Schools can prepare better for new students when they know in advance who has registered.

    Kindergarten Jump Start

    Every August, most Seattle elementary and K-8 schools offer a free week-long program to help new kindergartners get ready and excited about starting school. A list of participating schools can be found on our Jump Start webpage.

    Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines

    Parents and families have a very important role as their child's first teacher. Children learn in different ways and at different rates. They come to school with varying skills.

    Our kindergarten readiness guidelines highlight some of the skills typical of 5 and 6-year olds. Playing, reading, counting and talking together - in your home language - and helping your child learn some basic self-care skills will help him or her to be ready for school. Learn more about preparing for kindergarten.

    Early Entrance to Kindergarten (EEK)

    According to Washington State school attendance rules, a child must be five years old by August 31 to attend kindergarten.  For a fee (waived for families with financial need), Seattle Public Schools offers the opportunity for parents of students who show advanced levels of social and cognitive readiness to apply for an exception to this rule (see characteristics of a kindergarten-ready child used in statewide assessment of all kindergarteners each fall).  Students whose fifth birthday occurs between September 1 and October 31 may apply to be evaluated for a one-month trial in kindergarten.  After this trial period, the school principal makes the final decision about the appropriateness of continuing or delaying kindergarten.

    • Applications are available in April
    • Birth date verification required (copy of birth certificate or passport)  
    • There is a testing fee of $130.00 (may be waived for low income families)
    • Testing and readiness evaluations occur in May
    • Results are posted in June
    • Approved students may register in June to attend kindergarten in September 2018

    For more information, contact the Seattle Public Schools Advanced Learning Department at advlearn@seattleschools.org or call 206-252-0130.

    WaKIDS

    Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a process of connecting families, elementary schools and early education programs so that new kindergarteners can be ready to start school.  

    All Washington public elementary schools participate in WaKIDS, which includes 3 elements:

    1. Family connection
    2. Whole-child assessment
    3. Early learning collaboration

    Family Connection Visits 

    Before starting school, each new kindergartner's family is offered the chance to meet with their student's teacher to begin building a home-school partnership.  

    So that teachers can meet with families before school begins, kindergarten has a special start date - the Monday after Labor Day. Students in grades 1 through 12 begin school on the Wednesday after Labor Day.