Jump Start


Jump Start is a FREE week-long experience for Kindergartners to learn about school. Children will become familiar with their new school building, staff, typical school day activities and practices. Their parents/guardians will be able to meet with the school principal and ask questions about school. Teachers start to build relationships with students and observe their skills and strengths.

Jump Start aims to help young children:

  • Experience joyful learning
  • Learn school readiness behaviors
  • Become more comfortable with the school environment

When and Where is JUMP START?

Jump Start takes place each morning the week of August 21-25 at most elementary schools in Seattle. See the list of participating schools or call the school your child will attend to inquire. All students at participating schools are invited!

  • Jump Start will run for 5 consecutive half-days (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
  • A parent/guardian meeting with the school principal is scheduled during the week
  • Bilingual staff will assist children who are English-language learners
  • Extra support is offered for children with special needs 
  • Some schools will offer snacks and lunch
  • No transportation is provided, so families need to drop off and pick up children each day

How do we register for JUMP START?

In April, schools will send information about Jump Start to families. This will include a Jump Start registration and health form which you should complete and return to your school no later than June.

Important Dates

  • Aug. 21-25, 2017
    Jump Start

  • Sept. 6-8, 2017
    Each family meets with their Kindergarten teacher

  • Sept. 11, 2017
    First day of school for Kindergarten students (grades 1 through 12 will start school on Sept. 6)

View the short videos below to hear what students, parents and teachers say about Jump Start at Stevens Elementary and Dearborn Park International School.

Stevens Elementary Jump Start Video

Dearborn Park International Jump Start Video

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