Redmond, Wash. – If you live in Lake Washington School District and your child will be five years old on or before August 31, 2013, it is time to register them for kindergarten. Registration takes place at your neighborhood school, beginning on February 7 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
To register your child, bring the following items:
- proof of the child’s birth date, such as a birth certificate or passport
- child’s health history, including current immunizations
- emergency contact information
Lake Washington offers half-day kindergarten for all children in the district. At times, the district may need to transport students to a school other than their neighborhood school due to enrollment levels. If that happens, a lottery will be held on February 13 to determine which students will be affected.
Most schools in the district offer an all-day kindergarten program as well. The district must charge tuition for the all-day program. The state of Washington pays for half-day kindergarten: parents of all-day kindergarten students pay for the other half of the day. Tuition for 2013-2014 is $3500. The 2013-2014 tuition for those who qualify for a reduced fee is $1260; while it is $700 for those who qualify for free lunch.
Parents interested in registering their child for all-day kindergarten will need to bring a check, money order or cash as they will be asked to pay a deposit at the time of registration. Arrangements can be made for automatic withdrawals from your bank account for monthly payments during the next school year.
If more than 22 children register for all-day kindergarten classes, a lottery will be held on February 13 to determine the students in those classes.
Parents will be able to register their children for kindergarten after February 7, up through the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. However, they are less likely to be able to get into an all-day kindergarten class and may be more likely to have their child assigned to a different school.