PAC's Kindergarten Readiness Committee updates this web resource for our co-op families. This comprehensive resource saves co-op parents a great deal of time and energy by providing information about Kindergarten options in the Seattle area. By being available to all co-ops, not just the 3-5s, it's a terrific way for parents to get a head-start on the process
We are able to provide a selection of online resources for interested families.
The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department is partnering with Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Early Education Collaborative to host early kindergarten enrollment nights at several Seattle elementary schools through mid-January 2013. For a list of enrollment night locations, please see below.
Families who attend will have a chance to meet school principals and hear from kindergarten teachers and Seattle Public Schools enrollment specialists who will help families enroll in kindergarten and answer questions about what to expect in kindergarten. Child care, dinner, interpreters, resources, technical assistance, and translation of materials, will be provided.
"Early Enrollment is important because all children deserve an equal start on the first day of kindergarten," said Dannette R. Smith, Director of the Seattle Human Services Department.
Other community partners include Child Care Resources, Powerful Schools, PTSA, Public Health- Seattle & King County, Seattle Public Library, Seattle University, Parent Leaders (Getting School Ready Teams), and Community Day School Association.
Children must be 5 years old by August 31 of the year they plan to begin kindergarten and provide the following documentation:
9430 30th Ave. S.W. 98126
|Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012||6-7:30 p.m.|
|Bailey Gatzert Elementary
1301 E. Yesler Way 98122
|Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012||6-7:30 p.m.|
|Olympic Hills Elementary
13018 20th Ave., N.E. 98125
|Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013||6-7:30 p.m.|
1121 33rd Ave. 98122
|Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013||6-7:30 p.m.|
Seattle Public Schools Open Enrollment for the 2012-2013 is February 27, 2012- March 9, 2012.
2012-2013 School Choice Applications will be available February 27, 2012.
Applications received on or before March 9th will be given first consideration for school choices including option schools, other attendance area schools, and programs such as Spectrum and Montessori. If you submitted a school choice application during Open Enrollment, you should expect to receive a letter with 2012-2013 assignment information no later than June 1st.
Step 1: Determine your school: New students are assigned to their attendance area school. Students may also apply to attend any other school in the district. Assignment depends on space availability and the assignment rules in effect at the time of application. Click here for more information.
Step 2: Download and complete forms: Once you have identified the school that you would like your child(ren) to attend, you will need to fill out the appropriate forms and gather the necessary documentation.
You will need to complete a school choice form if you are applying for a school other than your attendance area school. Click here to download forms and get more information.
Step 3: Submit forms and verify enrollment: There are several ways to submit your enrollment documents to SPS, including mail and email. Periodically throughout the year, we accept enrollment materials at alternate locations around the city. For information on where to submit forms, click here.
All Seattle Public Schools’ Elementary and K-8 schools offer Full Day Kindergarten programs. Since Washington State basic education funding only covers the cost of ˝ day kindergarten, Seattle Schools must charge a fee to eligible families to cover the cost for the balance of the kindergarten program day.
For school year 2011-12, the fee for Full Day K is $237 per month.
The fee will be waived for students eligible for Free/Reduced priced meals (FRL); they will be able to attend Full Day K at no charge at any school.
The fee will be waived for all students at schools where 55% or more of the students are eligible for FRL; all students at those schools will be able to attend Full Day K at no charge. Click here for a list of schools offering full day K at no charge.
Students can opt to enroll for half-day program participation, which is free of charge. Most schools can accommodate kindergarten students who choose to attend for half of the program day. Please talk with the Principal if you are interested in half-day participation only.
by Peggy Gisler, Ed.S. and Marge Eberts, Ed.S.
While there's no perfect formula that determines when children are truly ready for kindergarten, you can use this checklist to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists.
Young children change so fast -- if they can't do something this week, they may be able to do it a few weeks later.
If your child has acquired most of the skills on this checklist and will be at least four years old at the start of the summer before he or she starts kindergarten, he or she is probably ready for kindergarten. What teachers want to see on the first day of school are children who are healthy, mature, capable, and eager to learn.