Early Entrance to Kindergarten
Early Entrance to Kindergarten (EEK) 2024-25
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 midnight of August 31 of the enrollment year. This process is for children whose fifth birthday falls between September 1 and October 31, 2024.
We highly recommend enrolling in a preschool or daycare program for school year 2024-25 until you receive your final eligibility notification.
What you should know about Early Entrance
to Kindergarten (EEK) 2024
Please Note: EEK is not a placement process for Advanced Learning
Early Entrance to Kindergarten is not related in any way to 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.
Before continuing, please go to the WaKIDS link describing state expectations for kindergarten readiness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Early Entrance to Kindergarten – Key Dates
- Application Opens: March 1, 2024
- Application Deadline: March 21, 2024
- Online Screening decision notifications: Early April 2024
Note: There are no appeals of the initial screening results
- In-Person Evaluations: May 4, 2024
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