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The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jane Stavem to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. From an impressive pool of applicants, Dr. Stavem emerged as the top choice to lead the district.

The Lake Washington School District Board of Directors interviewed five semifinalists in the Superintendent Search process on Friday, June 22. As a result, the Board has selected three finalists to advance in the process.

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    Three preschool students work on a project.
    Three preschool students work on a project.

    Application and enrollment information, and overview of the preschool programs offered in LWSD

    Lake Washington Preschool Program accepting applications starting April 1 for 3- and 4-year old students

    Lake Washington School District's Preschool Program will start accepting tuition-based applications for the 2019-20 school year beginning April 1 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration takes place at the Resource Center (16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond). If more children are registered for any one location or session (a.m. or p.m.) than we have availability, a lottery for each Preschool building will be held by April 16 to determine the students in those classes. We do our best to balance classes so that all students have a wonderful learning experience. Children must be three and four years old by August 31 of the current school year.

    Parents will be notified of results by May 15. After April 1, applications will be accepted at the Resource Center on any school day from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Upon confirmation of classroom enrollment, a $400 deposit will be required by June 3, 2019.

    Only children registered on April 1 during the registration hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. are eligible to be in the lottery. Read more about Lake Washington Preschool Programs.

    The LWSD Preschool Program focuses on providing children and families with a successful first-school experience. Families with a 3- and/or 4-year-old child living within the boundaries of Lake Washington School District are eligible to apply for the preschool program.

    LWSD offers the following preschool programs:

    Head Start

    Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive early childhood program offering services for the entire family and focuses on school readiness. Families whose income meets the federal poverty guidelines qualify for the Head Start component of the preschool program. The program is designed for children ages 3 and 4, with priority for enrollment given to 4-year-olds. Verification of income must be received before a family can be considered for placement in Head Start. A Family Support Specialist works with families to obtain all needed income documentation.

    Head Start Preschool hours*

    Morning classes: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Afternoon classes: 12:30 – 4 p.m.

    Head Start locations: A.G. Bell (Kirkland) and Old Redmond Schoolhouse (Redmond)

    *Times may vary slightly at individual schools.

    Learn more about the Head Start Preschool Program

    Lake Washington School District Preschool Program

    The program offers a comprehensive early childhood learning experience in preparation for kindergarten. Classes include typically developing children from the community as well as students receiving special education.

    Preschool hours*

    Morning classes: 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
    Afternoon classes: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

    *Times may vary at individual schools.

    Learn more about the Lake Washington School District Preschool Program

    SNAPS

    Students Needing Additional Programming Support (SNAPS) is a special education program serving eligible preschool students ages 3-5 with a primary diagnosis of autism. The SNAPS program is designed to supplement the LWSD preschool program and better meet the needs of students with autism and their families. It is an intensive, early-intervention program that involves extensive evaluation, planning and progress-monitoring to help better prepare children for kindergarten entry.

    SNAPS hours:*

    SNAPS students attend both preschool and SNAPS.

    10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. or 12:30 - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, in addition to preschool

    *Times may vary slightly at individual schools.

    Learn more about the SNAPS Program

    Program structure

    The preschool program school year begins in mid-September. Classes are located at elementary schools across the district. Students are assigned to the school nearest their home with available space. Average class size is 15-18 students. Preschoolers attend four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

    Preschool children and families have access to a variety of services, which may include:

    • Unique education experiences
    • Literacy program
    • Vision, hearing & developmental screenings
    • Parent education opportunities
    • Health and nutrition education for children and families

    Classroom activities are based on the Creative Curriculum to prepare children for kindergarten.

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    Contact Us

    Paul Vine
    Associate Director, Special Services
    pvine@lwsd.org
    425-936-1201

    For more information on the Head Start preschool program:

    A.G. Bell Elementary School
    Head Start
    11212 NE 112th Street
    Kirkland, WA 98033
    Phone: 425-936-1170, option 2 for Preschool
    Email: LWSDpreschool@lwsd.org

    For more information on the Lake Washington Preschool Program:

    LWSD Resource Center
    Lake Washington Preschool Program
    16250 NE 74th Street
    Redmond, WA 98052
    Phone: 425-936-1226