Kindergarten Registration Begins February 3

Register at your neighborhood school

If you live in Lake Washington School District and your child will be five years old on or before August 31, 2011, it is time to register them for kindergarten. Registration takes place at your neighborhood school, beginning on February 3 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

To register your child, parents should bring the following items:

  • proof of the child’s birth date such as a birth certificate or passport
  • child’s health history, including current immunizations
  • emergency contact information

Parents interested in registering their child for all-day kindergarten will need to bring their checkbook, as they will be asked to pay for the first month of kindergarten at the time of registration. Arrangements can be made for automatic withdrawal from your bank account.

Lake Washington offers half-day kindergarten for all children in the district. At times, the district may need to transport students to a school other than their neighborhood school due to enrollment levels. If that happens, a lottery will be held on February 10 to determine which students will be affected.

Most schools in the district offer an all-day kindergarten program as well. The district must charge tuition for the all-day program. The state of Washington pays for half-day kindergarten, so the tuition covers the other half of the school day. Fees have not yet been determined for the 2011-2012 school year. Tuition for 2010-2011 was $3300. The 2010-2011 tuition for who qualified for a reduced fee was $1180, while it was $650 for those who qualified for free lunch.

If more than 21 children register for any all-day kindergarten classes, a lottery drawing will be held on February 10 to determine the students in those classes.

Parents will be able to register their children for kindergarten after February 3, up through the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. However, they are less likely to be able to get into an all-day kindergarten class and may be more likely to have their child assigned to a different school.

For more information, go to http://www.lwsd.org/Parents/Student-Registration/kindergarten-registration/. To determine which school is your neighborhood school, click on “District Map” or “School & Bus Finder,” or call the district transportation office at 425-936-1120.