What You Should Know About Enrolling for the First Time in Seattle Public Schools
Moving to a new location often involves learning about the school system. Where to go? How to enroll? What time class begins? While your kids might not be curious– they’re fine staying home, thanks – school is an inevitability of childhood. Thus, some of the more important things you need to know about Seattle Public Schools include:
Students in the Seattle Public School system are assigned to a designated school based on their place of residence. You can see your child’s assignment by looking up your address. If you have a specific school you want your child to attend, you may make that request through the Student Assignment Plan.
Enrolling your child
If you’re new to the area, you’ll need to visit the school registration page and provide proof of address. As part of the registration, you’re required to submit other basic information including date of birth, address, emergency contacts, and a Certification of Immunization Status.
Children starting kindergarten must be 5 years old by August 31 (of the year they’re enrolling). However, anyone who wants to enroll a child before their fifth birthday may have that opportunity. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.
If you’d like your child considered for the Advanced Learning Assignment program or the Highly Capable program, you can apply during open enrollment. They must meet eligibility requirements (which involves testing) in order to be considered.
Options schools offer students different opportunities than traditional programs. The curriculum and education styles deviate from attendance area schools. To enroll, parents must apply during open enrollment. If your child is new to the district, you may apply any time, but your child will only be admitted based on availability.
The start and end times for Seattle Public Schools depend on whether your child is in elementary, middle, or high school. Even then, they may slightly differ by school. Most schools offer early release Wednesdays, where students get out an hour or two earlier – again, this depends on school.
Starting a new school is scary for kids, but this information helps make it less scary for parents. If you still have questions or concerns, contacting the district directly is your best bet…even if your child insists that they can just learn from the comfort of the living room couch.
If you’re moving to Seattle and the surrounding areas, get in touch with us. We’ll offer hassle-free service and information on everything Seattle, including the school system.