Kindergarten Registration

​​We offer all-day kindergarten at all 35 Tacoma Public School Elementary schools. You may ​exercise CHOICE ENROLLMENT by selecting a school other than your neighborhood school. Choice Enrollment is based on space availability and parents/guardians must provide transportation. Families are welcome to visit our kindergarten open houses​ and see firsthand what each sch​​ool has to offer. 

Important Dates & Information

  • Kindergarten Enrollment Open Houses ​begin January 17, 2017. See full schedule.
  • Kindergarten registration opens January 17, 2017.
  • Priority deadline for choice enrollment is March 1, 2017. 
  • Kindergarteners are 5 years old before September 1. 

The Parent Information Night meeting is on June 21st at 5:30 pm at the Willard Early Learning Center, 3201 S D St., Tacoma, WA 98418. The purpose of this meeting will be to inform parents of Tacoma Public Schools Early Entrance policies and procedures. Applications, proof of address and a testing fee of $50.00 must be turned in at this meeting to schedule testing appointment. We will jointly schedule testing appointments at the conclusion of this meeting for all interested parents. This testing process lasts approximately one hour and will take place at the Willard Early Learning Center. Testing appointments will be made for the following weeks: July 31 – August 3 and August 7 – 10. 

If you have additional early entrance to kindergarten questions, please call us at (253) 571-2620. If you have general questions regarding kindgarten registration, please contact Enrollment Services at (253) 571-1432.


 

Kindergarten Early Entrance

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 evaultion 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.

  • Kindergarten early entrance screening is available for children turning 5 between September 1 and October 31 and and and reside within the Tacoma School District.
  • Kindergarten early entrance informational meeting for parents July 13, 2016 at 5:30 pm.  Held at the Willard Early Learning Center 3201 S D St., Tacoma.
  • Kindergarten early entrance testing will be August 1-4  and August 8-11, 2016.
  • Please complete and sign the early entrance information packet and bring with you to the July 13th parent meeting. This includes a questionnaire that should be completed by your child's preschool teacher. And the early entrance application.
  • This instructional presentation​, for parents interested in having their child tested for early entrance to Kindergarten, provides helpful information regarding the testing process and placement.
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Kindergarten Jump Start

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. 

 

  • For incoming Kindergarteners
  • August 22-25, 2016
  • 9:00 am to 1:00 pm​
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How to: Enroll at your neighborhood school  

 

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Determine your neighborhood school, using the online Look-Up tool.

Beginning January 17, 2017, 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 (ie, mortgage, phone, utility bill.)

 

​How to: Enroll at school other than your neighborhood school. Priority deadline is March 1, 2017, receive priority over later applications and earlier notification. 

 

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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.

Purple 2.pngBeginning January 17, 2017, 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 (ie, mortgage, phone, utility bill.)

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After enrolling at your neighborhood school, submit a choice enrollment application ONLINE

Include your 1st and 2nd choice of school. Priority deadline is March 1, 2017, these applications will receive priority over later applications and earlier notification. Approval is based on space availability and parents/guardians must provide transportation.
 

Purple 4.pngApplications received on or before March 1, 2017 will recieve an answer by June 30, 2017. 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.