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:

  • Adams
  • Arbor Heights
  • Daniel Bagley
  • Beacon Hill International
  • Catharine Blaine K-8
  • Broadview-Thomson K-8
  • Bryant
  • Cascade Parent Partnership K-8
  • Cedar Park* (Aug. 16-17)
  • Coe
  • Concord
  • BF Day
  • Dearborn Park International
  • Dunlap
  • Emerson
  • Gatewood
  • Bailey Gatzert* (Aug. 23-24)
  • Graham Hill
  • Green Lake
  • Greenwood
  • John Hay
  • Highland Park
  • Kimball* (Aug. 19-20)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.*(Aug. 16-18)
  • Laurelhurst
  • Lawton* (Aug. 16-17)
  • Licton Springs K-8
  • Lowell
  • Wing Luke
  • Madrona
  • Magnolia
  • Maple
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • McDonald International
  • McGilvra
  • Montlake
  • North Beach
  • Northgate
  • Olympic Hills
  • Olympic View
  • Orca K-8
  • Pathfinder K-8
  • Queen Anne Elementary
  • Rising Star
  • John Rogers
  • Roxhill
  • Sacajawea
  • Salmon Bay K-8
  • Sand Point
  • Sanislo
  • South Shore PreK-8
  • John Stanford International
  • TOPS K-8
  • Viewlands
  • West Woodland
  • Whittier
  • Hazel Wolf K-8* (Aug. 17-19)

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.


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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