• Getting ready for kindergarten

    Parents have the greatest power to help their child be ready for kindergarten. Here are a few things you can do to prepare. Check back often for new tips, or check out these Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines.
    • Help your child repeat your longer phrases when you/re having a conversation. When your child talks with you, add more detail to what he or she says.

    • Talk to your children about the things that interest them. Use complete sentences.

    • While you're in the car or on the bus, ask your child to tell you what they see. Ask him/her questions such as, “What color is the car next to us?”, “How many people are standing on the corner?”, “What is the weather today?” If they respond in less than a full sentence, say it back to them as a complete sentence.
    Spokane Public Schools offers several early learning/preschool programs to children ages 3 to 5. Find out more here.
    Early entrance to kindergarten
    Children starting kindergarten are generally 5 years old on or before Aug. 31. However, children who turn 5 between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1 may be conditionally enrolled in kindergarten for up to 30 days after a successful prescreen assessment. Within those first 30 days, the school may further assess the student’s progress to determine if kindergarten is an appropriate placement. The principal will then make the final determination of kindergarten placement.

    Find more information in School Board Policy and Procedure 3110. Contact Student Support Services at 354-7393 with additional questions or to schedule a prescreen prior to the start of school.