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To enter kindergarten, your student must be five years old on or before August 31.

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin in February of 2020 and can be done online.  Be watching this website for more instructions and links. 

Additional kindergarten activities, tours, and parent information sessions will be scheduled by individual schools in spring and late summer before school begins. Watch your school's website for special kindergarten fairs, back-to-school events, school calendar and start dates, bus routes and pick-up times. 


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District Information Night

A district-wide kindergarten information night is provided in March. Teachers, administrators, and curriculum specialists  present parents with information about the Northshore School District's kindergarten program. The evening is intended for parents only and does not require registration to attend.

Kindergarten information night for students entering the 2020-21 school year is Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Northshore Performing Arts Center on the Bothell High School campus at 7:00 PM.  A livestream of the event will take place with translators available in Spanish, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese in the Black Box Theater adjacent to the main auditorium.



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.  

Before school begins, kindergarten teachers will meet with families to get to know the students, their families, 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.

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.


Kindergarten Readiness


Highly Capable Process for Kindergarten

The kindergarten eligibility process incorporates two different screening tools. Parents and teachers do not nominate or register students. All kindergarten students will be automatically screened for potential highly capable eligibility.

Parents of students meeting the criteria threshold on the screening tool will be notified. With parent permission, we will designate those students as holistically highly capable thus identifying them to their teachers as having indicators of highly capable potential.

Visit the Highly Capable web page to learn more.


Early Entrance to Kindergarten

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 between September 1 and November 30. Students who turn 5 on December 1 and beyond will enter kindergarten age appropriately.

  • Please read the Early Entrance to Kindergarten FAQs before completing the application.
  • Applications for 2020-2021 will be available to download February 1, 2020 and will be accepted through June 28. Late applications are not accepted.
  • Additional early entrance information is available through the Office of Elementary Education, 425.408.7705.