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Kindergarten Academy

Kindergarten Academy (KA) is a 20-week, transitional kindergarten program designed to assist young learners who would benefit from additional support to be successful in kindergarten. This free program runs January through June every year and is available to families who meet our program requirements.

Enrollment Details:  Enrollment is by invitation and is based on need.

 • Interested families can complete this interest form for their child to be considered for invitation to the program.

 • Access to the online interest form, for the 2022-23 school year will close on October 31, 2022.

 • Families will be contacted, between September-November 2022 to schedule an assessment for their child.

  •  • Assessments will occur from September-November 2022.

 • Families will be notified of their invitation, denial, or waitlist status in late December 2022.

Program Details:

 • Free, 20-week program: January 17 - June 16, 2023

 • Full-time, Monday through Friday

 • Offered at 13 locations: Carson, Dessie Evans, Edgerton, Firgrove, Hunt, Maplewood, Northwood, Pope, Shaw Rd, Spinning, Waller Rd, Wildwood, and Zeiger Elementary

Prerequisites:

 • Home address within PSD boundaries

 • Birthdate range: September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018

 • No formal preschool or pre-K experience

For more information, contact Kris Wilkinson at [email protected] or call (253) 841-8784.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What type of assessments will be administered to my child during the 30-minute Kindergarten Academy assessment meeting?  
A:  There is no preparation needed prior to your child’s scheduled 30-minute Kindergarten Academy assessment meeting. During the meeting, your child will be assessed on letter names/sounds, counting, basic shape identification, etc. It’s important to remember, the main determination on whether or not a child qualifies is based on whether or not they have had a formal preschool or other pre-kindergarten educational experience.  Kindergarten Academy is designed for children who have not had a formal preschool or other pre-kindergarten educational experience.

Q:  Is transportation available and will my child be picked up on my neighborhood route?  
A:  Yes. Students who reside within the boundary of the KA host school may take the regular PSD school bus to/from school. Those students who do not reside within the boundary area of the KA host school will need family to transport them first to their neighborhood school. Then the student will be driven to the KA host school via PSD transportation. Alternatively, families can choose to transport their child.   

 Q:   What are the hours of Kindergarten Academy?
A:    Kindergarten Academy classrooms typically begin and end at the same time as the KA host school.