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


Kindergarten registration begins at your local school.  Enrollment packets are available in mid to late January in the front office of all Northshore 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 for back-to-school registration details, school calendar and start dates, bus routes and pick-up times. 

Additional information on registering for kindergarten and forms can be found on the Register for Kindergarten page. 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 district homepage and school websites and newsletters.

District Orientation

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 2019-20 school year is Wednesday, March 20, 2019 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. 

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.  

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

Resources to help your kindergarten student:

Math Practice

Reading Aloud

What We Learn in Kindergarten

Ready for Kindergarten

Parent Resources & Websites

Kindergarten Hi Cap Process

The kindergarten eligibility process incorporates two steps--screening AND assessment. All kindergarten students will be automatically screened for potential highly capable eligibility.

Students meeting the criteria threshold on the screening tool will move on to assessment. Parents of students moving on to the assessment level will be notified. Per Washington state law, parent permission is required to assess a student. Assessments will occur during the school day and will be administered by trained proctors.

The Highly Capable web page is an additional resource.

Early Entrance for 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.

Additional early entrance information is available through the Office of Elementary Education 425.408.7705. 

Applications for 2019-20 can be downloaded here. Applications will be accepted through June 28. Late applications are not accepted.

Early Entrance Application

Application Process

To apply during the application period (February 1 - June 28), submit the following to the Office of Elementary Education, Northshore School District, 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA  98021:

  • Parent Application Form, Kindergarten Checklist and Consent for Mutual Exchange of Information, if applicable.
  • Preschool Kindergarten Checklist completed by your student's preschool teacher.
  • Check for $200 payable to Northshore School District or NSD.

Application packets can be downloaded here. The packet can also be requested after January 15 by calling the Office of Elementary Education: 425.408.7705. Applications will be mailed after the February 1 opening date.

Application Timeline

The early entrance to kindergarten application process for the 2019-20 school year will be open from February 1 - June 28, 2019. Late and incomplete applications are not accepted.

Upon receipt of the complete application packet by the Office of Elementary Education, all will be forwarded to a district psychologist.  In late June or July the psychologist will contact parent/guardian directly to schedule the student's assessment.

Kindergarten early entrance results may be shared with parents immediately following the assessment or within 10 days following. If your child qualifies, results will be sent to the neighborhood school.  Following your child's qualification, parent/guardian will then enroll their child in their neighborhood school.

Final consideration will be determined by the school administration after a six-week trial period.

Kindergarten  Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year will begin in late January 2019 at all neighborhood schools.  Enrollment packets will be available for pickup in school offices or can be downloaded from our enrollment forms page.

Additional kindergarten activities, tours, and parent information sessions are scheduled by individual schools. Find your school's planned activities here or by calling the school office.