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.




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

    Ready Start Preschool Program will be accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year soon.
    Lake Washington School District's Ready Start Preschool Program will start accepting tuition-based applications for the 2019-20 school year soon. Exact date to be determined by the beginning of March 2019. The 2019-20 new tuition rates will be determined by April 2019. Click here to read more about the Ready Start Preschool Program, including registration details and lottery information. Please check back to our website in late February 2019.

    Limited space is still available at some locations for the 2018-19 school year. Please contact the preschool registrar at 425-936-1226 for more information.

    Three preschool students work on a project.

    Lake Washington preschool focuses on providing children and families with a successful first-school experience. Families with a 4-year-old child living within the boundaries of Lake Washington School District are eligible to apply for the preschool program. In some circumstances, 3-year-olds are also eligible.

    Lake Washington offers two 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. (A.G. Bell site only)

    *Times may vary slightly at individual schools.

    Learn more about the Head Start Preschool Program

    Ready Start

    The Ready Start program offers a comprehensive early childhood learning experience. Classes include typically developing children from the community who attend Ready Start to receive a quality, general-education preschool experience in preparation for kindergarten, as well as students receiving special education. Our excellent preschool education is now offered through a fee-based program.

    Ready Start 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 Ready Start Preschool Program


    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 Ready Start Preschool and SNAPS.

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

    *Times may vary slightly at individual schools.

    Learn more about the SNAPS Program

    Program structure

    For both preschool programs the 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 19 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.




    Contact Us

    Paul Vine
    Director, Special Services

    More information on Ready Start and Head Start preschool programs:

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