Ready for Kindergarten!
Getting off to a strong start in Kindergarten helps a child feel good about school and about himself. Here are some traits and skills that you can help your child develop before he or she gets to Kindergarten:
- Enjoys being read to and can retell a story
- Speaks in complete sentences
- Prints first name
- Counts to five
- Names and sorts items by color, shape and size
- Understands concepts such as more, less, same, above, below, big and small
- Adapts to new groups or situations
- Can concentrate for five minutes
- Follows simple directions
- Shows kindness and concern for others
- Kindergarten registration is held each year from May 1 through 15, during the school’s scheduled Kindergarten Roundup. If you miss the registration period, it’s NOT too late to enroll your child. Just go to your neighborhood school during regular school hours.
- Children must be five years old by August 31. Proof of immunization and a birth certificate are needed at the time of registration.
- Parents who wish to enroll their Kindergarten-aged student at a school outside of their neighborhood, but within Federal Way, should fill out a choice enrollment form during the month of April. These forms are available at all elementary schools or at the Educational Service Center, 33330 8th Ave South, Federal Way. If you have missed the choice enrollment period, check with the school you wish to enroll your child in to see if they have room at their school. Learn more about choice enrollment.
- At some schools, Kindergarten classes are held in the morning or afternoon. Many schools offer a full-day Kindergarten option. Parents are asked for their preference at the time of registration.
- More information, a Round- Up schedule and required forms are available on the Enrollment Procedures page.