Kindergarten registration takes place at your neighborhood elementary school. Registration continues through the beginning of the school year in September, but we encourage you to register as early as possible. For the 2015-16 school year, kindergarten registration will open on February 5, 2015 from 1:00 - 7:00 pm.
To register your child, please bring the following items to your neighborhood elementary school:
- Proof of child's birth date such as a birth certificate or passport
- Child's health history, including current immunization
- Emergency contact information
- Proof of residency (such as an energy bill with your current address, lease agreement, or mortgage statement)
- For those interested in registering for all-day kindergarten, please bring a money order, check or cash as a deposit that will be put toward June tuition
Your elementary school will provide the necessary kindergarten registration forms, including the general student registration form.
Most schools offer all-day kindergarten programs
Half-day kindergarten is provided for all children in the district. There is a fee for all-day kindergarten. If more than 22 children register for any all-day kindergarten classes, the district holds an enrollment selection drawing. For the 2015-16 school year, the all-day kindergarten enrollment selection will be held on February 11, 2015 to determine the students in those classes.
Discovery Community School (DCS), an elementary choice school, also offers a Kindergarten option. Entrance into DCS is by lottery and district bus transportation to choice schools is not provided. Parents interested in DCS must register for Kindergarten at their home school in addition to applying for entrance into DCS. Should parents obtain a spot at DCS via the choice school lottery, either half-day or all-day Kindergarten will be accommodated. Parents must pay applicable tuition for an all-day Kindergarten program at DCS.
Access to full-day kindergarten depends on space available at the specific school. Each elementary school will have at least one all-day kindergarten classroom. Due to increased district enrollment, additional all-day classrooms may not be available at your school.
Some children go to a nearby school for kindergarten only
At times, the district may need to transport kindergarten students from one school to another school due to enrollment levels. If that happens, a lottery is held a week after kindergarten enrollment starts to determine which students will be affected. Students who enroll after that time may be transported to another school for kindergarten. (They will return to the neighborhood school for first grade and beyond.)
All-day kindergarten costs money
The state of Washington pays for half-day kindergarten: parents of all-day kindergarten students pay the other half day. The district must charge tuition for the all-day program. Tuition for 2014-15 was $3500. The 2014-15 tuition for those who qualified for a reduced fee was $1260, while it was $700 for those who qualified for free lunch. Tuition for 2015-16 is undetermined at this time. Please bring a voided check to registration to make arrangements for monthly automatic withdrawal from your bank account. Arrangements can be made to pay monthly by cash or money order.
Much more information is available in a handbook for you! The Kindergarten Handbook for Parents includes more details on all of these areas. Download this useful document that will help you and your child make the most of the kindergarten year.
Children younger than five may qualify to enter kindergarten early
Some students do not meet the state age guidelines for kindergarten but they may still be highly capable and ready for school. The Kindergarten Early Entrance process uses a formal and informal assessment to determine if your child meets or exceeds specific criteria in the areas of mental ability, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, auditory discrimination, visual discrimination, and emotional/social development. Parents who are interested in this option for their child should follow the instructions for early kindergarten entrance.
Emerson K-12: a partnership program for families completing home-based instruction for their students
Emerson K-12 is a choice program that partners with families to educate children under the auspices and with the support of the LWSD. At Emerson K-12, we value and monitor learning that happens both at school and at home. For more information, please visit the Emerson K-12 website or call 425-936-2311.