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    Enroll For Kindergarten Now

    If your child turns 5 by August 31, it's time to register for kindergarten.  Assignments will be mailed to families, but can also be viewed online on the Assignment Lookup webpage.

    Visit our Register for Kindergarten webpage for more information.

    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. A list of participating schools can be found on our Jump Start webpage.

    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 olds. Playing, reading, counting and talking together - in your home language - 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.  Seattle Public Schools offers the opportunity for parents of students who show significantly advanced levels of social and cognitive readiness to apply for an exception to this rule (see characteristics of a kindergarten-ready child used in statewide assessment of all kindergarteners each fall).  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 2018

    For more information, contact the Seattle Public Schools Advanced Learning Department at or call 206-252-0130.


    Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a process of connecting the adults in children's lives so that they can be ready to start school. Schools around the state began to implement WaKIDS in 2011, with additional schools joining yearly.

    Washington's pubic elementary schools participate in WaKIDS, which includes 3 parts:

    1. Family connection
    2. Whole-child assessment
    3. Early learning collaboration

    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.  

    So that teachers can meet with families, the kindergarten start date is postponed three days, to the Monday after Labor Day. Students in grades 1 through 12 will begin school on the Wed. after Labor Day.

    2016 Family Connection Survey Results

    October 2016, we asked families for feedback about their Family Connection visits. We heard from nearly 25% (1049) of all 4861 families. The results were very positive. You can request a copy by emailing