Here are quick links to South Sound area schools and their registration dates. Most private schools are also registering in the coming months.
If I missed your district, just give me a holler in the comment box. I promise I didn’t mean to! In general, you will need your child’s shot record (you will need to go get his 5 year shots, even if he isn’t 5 yet!), proof of residence such as a utility bill, and a birth certificate in order to register. Children must be 5 by August 31st.
Almost all schools will hold separate events for children later in the spring.
If you miss the start of registration, don’t freak out: I promise they’ll still take your kiddo. Just head to your neighborhood school and ask for the registration packet, or call the district if you’re not sure what school to go to. Public schools have to take everyone-the worst thing that will happen is you won’t get your pick of morning or afternoon. Do register as soon as you can, because it helps the schools plan. Almost all kindergartens have some sort of “rolling,” start where kid attend part of the first day with a parent, or they might have an open house event. Again, I promise your kid isn’t going to be traumatized because he missed a round-up event. Kindergarten teachers are total Experts at making sure kids learn the routine and feel comfortable.
Update: These links are current as of February 9th, 2012. As you can see, I’m still working on some. Look for those, as well as some psots on kindergarten readiness, in the weeks ahead!
Kent Packets available the first week of March; round-up events in April. Register at your neighborhood school.
Auburn Begins in the spring; I’ll try to find more specifics. I can’t locate dates on their site yet.
Renton Still working on this one
Dieringer Still working on this one, but Dieringer has just two elementaries, so I’d just try contacting yours directly.
Sumner Kindergarten registration began in January and is ongoing. From the link, scroll down for other dates and information.
Fife-Information night is March 22nd. Registration is the 29th.
Orting-Registration begins in May with Kindergarten Round-Up
Federal Way Registration is the first two weeks in May. Individual schools have round-up dates; I don’t see them for 2012 yet.
Bethel-Begins the week of March 26th
Puyallup Information meetings this month; Registration begins March 2oth. Pick up a packet at your neighborhood school and get it filled out before the event.
Peninsula This has not been updated yet as far as I can tell. Last year, registration began in April. I’ll make some calls.
Steilacoom-Still trying to find out. Very fine district with a stinky website (my opinion only, of course).
University Place-Begins March 5th
Tacoma Schools hold kindergarten open houses during March or the first week of April. I’m still working on finding most current dates for you. Here is general enrollment information.
Central Kitsap Begins February 27th. Check with your neighborhood school.
North Kitsap Begins February 27th
Clover Park-Still working on finding this for you. Here is a general Kindergarten page with a phone number you can call.
Olympia-Registration begins March 26th. Packets can be picked up the week prior.
If you don’t see your district, let me know, and I’ll get it right up for you.