3 schools to offer all-day kindergarten

Limited classes will be filled by drawing
By Andy Muntz | Apr 24, 2013

The Mukilteo School District will offer all-day kindergarten classes at three elementary schools next year: Endeavour, Odyssey and Serene Lake.

Registration to the three tuition-based classes will be open to students from throughout the school district, and seats in the classes will be determined by a blind drawing.

A child must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2013 to be eligible the 2013-14 classes.

Parents interested in having their child attend one of the three all-day kindergarten classes can enter their child in the drawing for those seats by filling out request form to enroll. Each class will have room for 25 students.

Links to the request forms and more information about the all-day kindergarten classes are available at www.mukilteo.wednet.edu or can be picked up at any Mukilteo elementary school or at the school district’s main office, at 9401 Sharon Drive in south Everett.

The request forms must be received at the school district’s office by 3 p.m. on Friday, May 17.

The three sessions of all-day kindergarten is a decrease from the five that were offered this year.

Marci Larsen, Mukilteo School District superintendent, explained that growing enrollment in elementary schools has limited the number of classrooms that could be made available for all-day kindergarten next year.

“We are disappointed that we couldn’t offer more than three all-day sessions next year,” Larsen said. “We know that many parents value the option of all-day kindergarten for their children and the program has been valuable for us as well.”

Larsen pointed out that the school district was able to offer nine all-day kindergarten sessions five years ago, but that the total enrollment in Mukilteo elementary schools has increased by about 500 students since then.

That’s the same as the typical capacity of an elementary school, which is about 500 to 600 students.

“With about 7,000 students now filling our 11 elementary schools, we simply didn’t have enough classroom space available to offer more than three all-day kindergarten sessions next year,” Larsen said.

“And, unfortunately, the strain on our facilities is expected to continue in the future. Forecasts indicate that our elementary enrollment will increase by about 350 more students by 2017.”

This will be the first time that the school district has used a drawing to fill its all-day kindergarten classes. In the past, the classes were filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parents from throughout the school district can submit a request to have their child in one of the three sessions.

In submitting their request, parents will be asked to indicate which of the three schools they would prefer that their child attend. They also can select a range of options should their preferred class be filled when their child’s name is drawn.

The school district expects to contact parents about the results of the drawing before May 24.

Parents will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the school where their child’s all-day kindergarten class will be held. Students enrolled in the class would return to their regular neighborhood school the following year when they are in the first grade.

Tuition for the all-day kindergarten sessions will be $2,718 plus a $100 deposit that will be due by June 1.

Parents can pay the tuition with nine monthly payments of $302 during the school year or they can choose to receive a discounted tuition of $2,546 if it is paid in full by Sept. 1.

A limited number of scholarships also will be available to families that qualify for free meals under the federal school lunch program.

Parents who have not yet registered their child for kindergarten can do so by going to their neighborhood elementary school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each school day.

When arriving at the school, parents should bring verification of their child’s birth date, verification of address (such as a utility bill or lease agreement), the names and telephone numbers of emergency contacts and an up-to-date record of immunizations.

The vaccines required for school attendance are established by the state of Washington.

For an incoming kindergarten student, they must include four doses of DPT (the last after age 4), three doses of polio (the last after age 4), two doses of MMR (the first one after age 1), a series of three Hepatitis B immunizations and two doses of Varicella (Chicken Pox) after age 1.

For more information about kindergarten classes, contact the elementary school in your neighborhood or call the school district’s Elementary Education office at 425-356-1209.

Additional information also is available at www.mukilteo.wednet.edu.

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