Early Entrance Kindergarten

  • January 2021

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Welcome to the Snohomish School District, and thank you for inquiring about our early entrance to kindergarten program. Our goal in offering this program is to assure that your child is placed where he or she will be the most successful in the first year of school.

    Parents or guardians of children who turn five between September 1 and October 31 and feel their child will be successful in Kindergarten may apply for early entrance to kindergarten. 

    You will need to have your child evaluated by a certified psychologist* who will use specific tests to determine your child’s abilities in seven developmental categories. Please take a Kindergarten Early Entrance Assessment Form (you will be redirected to Commonly Requested District Forms - please select category Early Entrance Kindergarten) to your child’s appointment and give it to the psychologist for completion. Your child will need to demonstrate above-average ability in each of the required testing areas (standard score of 115 or above in all testing areas). If the exam administered does not use standard scores, the student must pass the screening at the five-year, six-month level. The test results need to be provided to the Teaching & Learning Services office no later than August 13, 2021. The testing information will be reviewed, and parents will be notified of the decision no later than August 31.

    If your child qualifies for early entrance and if there is space available at your school, he or she can be placed in the kindergarten program on a trial basis for thirty days.  At the end of this evaluation period, it will be determined if early entrance kindergarten is the best placement for your child. 

    Again, thank you for your interest in our early entrance program. If you have questions, please call the Teaching & Learning Services office at 360-563-7257.

    Monica Bauer
    Executive Director, Teaching & Learning Services

    * Psychologist assessment/evaluation is the responsibility of student’s family. If you are unable to afford the assessment, you may apply for financial assistance by contacting Jami McPherson at the Snohomish School District, 360-563-7257. This needs to be approved before making an appointment for testing.