Early Entrance to Kindergarten

Early Entrance to Kindergarten (EEK) 2023-24 is Closed

What is Early Entrance to Kindergarten?

Early Entrance to Kindergarten (EEK) is a rigorous screening process to find out if a student is ready to start kindergarten early.

Washington state and Seattle Public School require that students entering kindergarten in the fall turn five before August 31 of the enrollment year. This process is for children whose fifth birthday falls between September 1 and October 31. 

Early Entrance to Kindergarten Application is Closed

We strongly recommend enrolling in a preschool program if you missed the Early Entrance to Kindergarten application window.

Preschool Information

Looking for preschool or pre-kindergarten information?

Please visit the Seattle Public Schools Early Learning Webpage

Another resource is the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

Early Entrance to Kindergarten is not Advanced Learning eligibility. Only students currently enrolled in K-8 can be evaluated for advanced learning.

SPS carefully considers each student’s success throughout their K-12 experience. Students who begin their educational journey early can encounter additional challenges while being the youngest student in a class. Because of this, we only accept about 10% of students who apply into EEK. Those who are accepted are well above average in all areas of development. 

Early Entrance to Kindergarten Key Dates

  • Application Opens: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
    Application fee is $65 plus transaction fees. (Reduce Fee $15 for low income applicants)
  • Application Deadline: Monday, March 20, 2023, 4 p.m.
  • Online Screening decision notifications: Early April
    • Note: There are no appeals of the initial screening results
  • In-Person Evaluations: Saturday, May 6, 2023
    Following the screening process, a small number of applicants will move on to the In-Person evaluation, an additional payment of $75 plus transaction fee will be assessed.
    • Note: SPS continues to encourage masking at school, especially after travel or a break.