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    Kindergarten

    A teacher and students sign in class

    Enroll today for the 2020-21 school year online on Enrollment Services webpage.

    If your child turns 5 by August 31, it's time to register for kindergarten.

    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 after-school 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. Read more about Jump Start

    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 old. Playing, reading, counting and talking together 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.  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

    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 kindergartners can be ready to start school.  

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

    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.