Jump Start Kindergarten Transition Program
About Jump Start
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 orients kindergartners and their families to their new school community. Children come to their new school, meet staff and peers, and practice kindergarten routines.
Most elementary schools choose to offer Jump Start, which is a voluntary summer program. Check back in March to find out which schools will be participating in Jump Start 2023. While not all schools offer Jump Start, every elementary and K-8 school will welcome new kindergarten students with an open house or informal visit to the building to meet staff before school officially begins.
View the short videos below to hear what students, parents and teachers say about Jump Start at Stevens Elementary and Dearborn Park International School.
Jump Start Registration
In late April or in May, each participating Jump Start school will reach out to its assigned kindergarten families with information about how to sign up for Jump Start. If you do not hear from your school, please call their office directly to ask how to register. Wait listed students will attend Jump Start at whichever school they are assigned to as of Jump Start week.
If you register for Seattle Public Schools during the summer and your kindergartner’s school is offering Jump Start, please call 206-252-0127 to request a registration form, drop by the Admissions Office to pick up a form, or visit the Early Learning Resources page to download a registration form and return it to the school.
Please note: families must complete the SPS registration form and receive a school assignment prior to signing up for Jump Start.
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.
- Most schools are closed for July and the first part of August.
- From mid July through early August, the SPS Admissions department closes to update its databases for the upcoming 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 and/or start-of-school plan. Please call the school principal or the Special Education Liaison on the school’s Jump Start team.
If your student has a health condition requiring medication or nursing assistance during Jump Start, please check with your school site to see if nursing services will be available. There will not be a school nurse at every Jump Start site. Plan with your school how to best support your student.
Medications cannot be given and treatments can not be performed unless the proper paperwork is in place (found on our health services forms webpage) and staff have been trained.
We look forward to your student having an engaging and safe, Jump Start experience.
Schools Offering Jump Start
Check back in March to find out which schools will be participating in Jump Start 2023.
Special Start Date for Preschool and Kindergarten
- Prior to beginning school, each Preschoolers and Kindergartners’ family will have an individual meeting with their child’s teacher (Family Connection visit).
Family Connection Conferences
- Kindergarten and preschool students and families meet their new teachers.
- Expect to hear from your child’s school in late August to schedule a 30-45 minute appointment.
- Visit will be scheduled at a mutually agreed time and place: typically at school or by telephone, videoconference, home visit or at a coffee shop, park, etc.