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Kindergarten registration opens January 15, 2020
We encourage families to complete registration by March 1, this helps ensure we hire the right number of staff for each school
Priority deadline for choice enrollment is March 1, 2020
Kindergarteners are 5 years old before September 1
Submit an online enrollment form: New registration is NOT needed for current TPS Preschool students. For all new students a separate registration form is required. You may save your progress and your family information will auto-populate in sibling applications. We encourage families to complete registration by March 1, this helps ensure we hire the right number of staff for each school.
Many preschool students are NOT enrolled in their neighborhood school. If you attend a non-neighborhood preschool and want to stay for kindergarten a Choice Application is required. Without a choice application, your student will be automatically enrolled into your neighborhood school.
Students are assigned a neighborhood school based on their home address. Choice enrollment is applying to attend a school other than your neighborhood school. The choice enrollment process is separate from the student enrollment process. Acceptance is dependent on building capacity, seats at various grade levels and program availability. Families are encouraged to explore their neighborhood school options along with choice options. Choice Applications (K-5) are due March 1.
Kindergarten early entrance screening is available for children turning 5 between September 1 and October 31. Eligibilty is based on a child's readiness for kindergarten. We conduct an objective evaluation of academic skills, language development, physical coordination and social maturity. Children meeting entry standards will have a four-week trail period at the beginning of the school year and the final decision will be determined by their teacher and principal.
This four-day summer program is designed to help incoming kindergarten students feel confident and ready for success in school. Students have a chance to get familiar with their school and classroom and get to know their classmates and teacher before school officially starts.
A Family's Guide to Kindergarten Readiness
Summer Activity Calendar
WaKids Assessment Information
Getting School Ready - English
Getting School Ready - Korean
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Arlington, Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Birney, Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 4 – 5 p.m.
Blix, Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Boze, Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Browns Point, Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Bryant, Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Crescent Heights, Monday, February 3, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
DeLong, Thursday, January 16, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
Downing, Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Edison, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 4 – 5 p.m.
Fawcett , Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Fern Hill, Thursday, January 23, 2020, 4 – 5 p.m.
Franklin, Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
Geiger, Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Grant, Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
Jefferson, Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Larchmont, Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
Lister, Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 4 - 6 p.m.
Lowell, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Manitou, Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Mann, Thursday, January 30, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
Mary Lyon, Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
McCarver, Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
NE Tacoma, Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Point Defiance, Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
Reed, Thursday, February 20, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
Roosevelt, Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 4 – 5 p.m.
Sheridan, Thursday, February 6, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
Sherman, Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Skyline, Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Stafford, Thursday, February 27, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
Stanley, Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 4 – 5 p.m.
Washington, Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Whitman, Thursday, February 6, 2020, 5 – 6 p.m.
Whittier, Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6 – 7 p.m.
Determine your neighborhood school, using the online Look-Up tool.
Beginning January 16, 2018, bring your completed enrollment packet to your neighborhood school along with:
Still start by determining your neighborhood school, using the online
Look-Up tool. By first enrolling at your NEIGHBORHOOD school your student is guaranteed a spot at the neighborhood school and they will be set up in the Tacoma Public School's data base.
Beginning January 16, 2018, bring your completed
enrollment packet to your neighborhood school along with:
Birth Certificate or other document to verify age. (Acceptable alternatives include, baptismal certificate, hospital records or insurance records.)
Proof of immunizations.
Proof of address (e.g., mortgage, phone, utility bill.)
After enrolling at your neighborhood school, submit a choice enrollment application
Include your 1st and 2nd choice of school. Priority deadline is March 1, 2018, these applications will receive priority over later applications and earlier notification. Approval is based on space availability and parents/guardians must provide transportation.
Applications received on or before March 1, 2018 will receive an answer by June 30, 2018. You will receive a letter letting you know if your application is granted or if your student has been placed on a waitlist.
If placed on a waitlist your student continues to have a guaranteed spot at their neighborhood school. Decision on waitlist are made as quickly as possible, however some decision cannot be made until mid-September depending on neighborhood enrollment.
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