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    ·Jump Start: Preparing for Kindergarten

    Jump Start will take place at most schools* on Tuesday & Wednesday, August 17-18, 2021.

    *Please scroll down to see a list of participating schools and their Jump Start schedule  

    The transition to school is a big step in your child's life. It’s natural to have some anxiety. That's why, even before school officially starts, we want to begin a connection with your family. This can happen in many ways - through virtual school tours and open houses, by talking with families who are part of that school community, by visiting the school website or walking around the school grounds and enjoying the school playground. 

    Jump Start is the most well-known kindergarten transition program Seattle Public Schools offers. This orientation to school serves as a kind of "day camp" for children to come to their new school, meet staff and peers, and practice kindergarten routines. For more information, please see translated Jump Start flyers and registration forms on our Resources page (in Chinese, English, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.)

    Health and safety is our top priority.  Jump Start will take place in person at participating schools. If the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and WA State Department of Health guidelines change, you will be contacted by your child's school.

    Summer break

    • From July 1 through August 9, schools will be closed for summer, with most staff off-line from late June through early August.  
    • From mid July through early August, the SPS Admissions department closes to update its databases for the coming school year. New registrations are not accepted during this 2-3 week period.  

    Students with disabilities or health concerns

    • If your child has a disability we would like to work with you and your child's case manager in advance to design a Jump Start plan. Please call the school principal or the Special Education Liaison on the school's Jump Start team.     
    • If your child needs medicine or nursing help during the school day please complete a Medication at School form (found on our health services forms webpage) and send it to your child's school as soon as possible so the school nurse can write a health plan to keep your child safe and health at school.     

    Schools offering Jump Start

    Jump Start takes place from 9 am to 12 pm on August 17-18. Schools marked with * will meet from 9 am to 12 pm on the dates indicated below:

    Arbor Heights
    Bailey Gatzert* (Aug. 23-24)
    Beacon Hill International
    BF Day
    Broadview-Thomson K-8
    Cascade Parent Partnership K-8
    Catharine Blaine K-8
    Cedar Park* (Aug. 16-17)
    Daniel Bagley
    Dearborn Park International
    Graham Hill
    Green Lake
    Hazel Wolf K-8* (Aug. 17-19)
    Highland Park
    John Hay
    John Rogers
    John Stanford International
    Kimball* (Aug. 19-20)
    Lawton* (Aug. 16-17)
    Licton Springs K-8
    Loyal Heights
    Martin Luther King, Jr.*(Aug. 16-18)
    McDonald International
    North Beach
    Olympic Hills
    Olympic View
    Orca K-8
    Pathfinder K-8
    Queen Anne Elementary
    Rising Star
    Salmon Bay K-8
    Sand Point
    South Shore PreK-8
    Thurgood Marshall
    TOPS K-8
    West Woodland
    Wing Luke

    Schools offering an alternative to Jump Start

    Because it is a summer program, not all schools participate in Jump Start. The following schools will offer an alternative transition experience instead of Jump Start. Please contact the school directly for more information:

    Alki · Hawthorne · John Muir · Lafayette  · Leschi · Rainier View · Thornton Creek  ·  View Ridge · Wedgwood · West Seattle Elementary


    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


    Contact us

    Family Connection Conferences

    • For incoming kindergarten and preschool families to meet their new teachers
    • September 1, 2, and 3
    • Expect to hear from your child's school in August to schedule a 30-45 minute appointment