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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 school has to offer.
Important Dates & Information
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
Getting School Ready - Spanish
Getting School Ready - Russian
Getting School Ready - Vietnamese
Getting School Ready - Cambodian
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.
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 ONLINE
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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