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    What is JUMP START?

    Jump Start is a FREE week-long experience for Kindergartners to learn about school. Children will become familiar with their new school building, staff, typical school day activities and practices. Their parents/guardians will be able to meet with the school principal and ask questions about school. Teachers start to build relationships with students and observe their skills and strengths. Read about signs of a successful transition to Kindergarten.

    Jump Start aims to help young children:

    • Experience joyful learning
    • Learn school readiness behaviors
    • Become more comfortable with the school environment

    When and Where is JUMP START?

    Jump Start will take place August 20-24, 2018. The school district encourages all elementary and K-8 schools to offer Jump Start and provides extra funds to cover the costs of this program, which occurs before the school year officially begins. Ask about Jump Start when you tour schools or attend open houses. A list of participating schools will be posted here in February, and all new kindergartners assigned to these schools are invited to attend Jump Start. Other aspects of the program:

    • Jump Start runs from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon each morning for one week
    • A parent/guardian meeting with the school principal is scheduled during the week
    • Bilingual staff will assist children who are English-language learners
    • Extra support is offered for children with special needs 
    • Some schools offer breakfast and lunch to Jump Start students and their siblings/friends up to age 18 through the City's Summer Food Service Program
    • No transportation is provided, so families need to drop off and pick up children each day. Some childcare programs located in or near schools can help with drop off/pickup.

    How do we register for JUMP START?

    You can register for Jump Star in several ways:
    1. When completing the online registration for Seattle Public Schools, kindergarten families
        are directed to a Jump Start registration link. Just download and complete the form. If your
        child will be attending your neighborhood school, please send your completed registration
        there. If you are awaiting a placement at a "choice" or "option" school, please send it to the
        school once you have been notified of your child's assignment (late April/early May.)
        Note: Students may attend Jump Start only at their assigned school.
    2. Jump Start schools will contact new families around May. If you have not already registered
        your child for Jump Start, you'll be asked to return it to your school before June 22. 
    3. The registration form will be posted on this webpage soon. 

    Each school collects and manages its own Jump Start registrations. Registrations sent to Seattle Public Schools will be forwarded to the appropriate school. 

    View the short videos below to hear what students, parents and teachers say about Jump Start at Stevens Elementary and Dearborn Park International School.

    Stevens Elementary Jump Start Video

    Dearborn Park International Jump Start Video

    Important Dates

    • Aug. 20-24, 2018
      Jump Start  9-12 daily
    • Sept. 5-7, 2018
      Family Connections  Each family meets with their Kindergarten teacher; please request an interpreter when you are contacted for an appointment.
    • Sept. 10, 2018  
      First day of school for Kindergarten students (grades 1 through 12 begin on Sept. 5)