Welcome to Kindergarten

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    To enter kindergarten in Northshore, children must be five years old on or before August 31 of the school year. Although Northshore does not encourage early entry for the vast majority of students, application for testing for early entrance is available at parent expense for students who turn 5 September 1 through November 30. Students who turn 5 on December 1 and beyond will enter kindergarten age appropriately.
    Early entrance information is available through the Office of Elementary Education 425.408.7705.

    Getting Started

    Kindergarten registration begins at your local school.  Enrollment packets are available in mid to late January in the front office of all of our elementary schools.  Your neighborhood school may also hold special parent tours, an orientation, or open house in the spring or late summer before school begins. Watch your school's website and the mail for back-to-school registration details, school calendar and start dates, bus routes and pick-up times. 
    Visit the "How to Register for Kindergarten" webpage for additional information on registering for kindergarten and to download forms. Some schools may have additional forms for you to fill out about your student.  Information about school registration dates and times are published online on the website, in neighborhood school newsletters and through the local schools.
    A district-wide kindergarten orientation is provided in early March. At these sessions, curriculum specialists and kindergarten teachers present parents with information about the Northshore School District's kindergarten program. The orientations are intended for parents only and do not require registration to attend.
    During the fall, kindergarten teachers meet with families prior to school starting to get to know the students and their stories. Additionally, teachers evaluate students in many areas to determine students' strengths. This helps teachers plan a program based on the needs of the children. 

    Our Kindergarten Philosophy

    The kindergarten program in the Northshore School District provides children a foundation for academic success and develops an enthusiasm for life-long learning. Student outcomes are standards-based and focus on the whole child: academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.  
    The developmentally appropriate learning environment provides substantial opportunities to learn through purposeful play that honors student choice and provides teacher-guided, interactive small-group, and large group experiences. The kindergarten school year is an important time to provide students with rich, relevant learning experiences that allow them to reach goals that are both challenging and achievable regardless of their varied experiences and backgrounds upon entering kindergarten.
    Here are handouts shared at this year's district kindergarten orientation:

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Orientation Dates