Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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A. Age of Admission
Attending the schools of the district shall be recognized as a right and responsibility for those who meet the requirements prescribed by law. Every resident of the district who satisfies the minimum entry age requirement and is less than 21 years of age has the right to attend the district’s schools until he/she completes high school graduation requirements. Children of age 8 and less than age 18 are required by law to attend a public school, an approved private school or educational center, unless they are receiving approved home- based instruction.

Under certain circumstances children who are at least 16 and less than 18 years of age may be excused from further attendance at school. The superintendent or designee shall exercise his/her authority to grant exceptions when he/she determines that the student:
     1.  Is lawfully and regularly employed, and
     2.  Has permission of a parent, or
     3.  Is emancipated pursuant to Chapter 13.64 RCW, or
     4.  Is subject to one of the other exceptions to compulsory attendance.

A resident student who has been granted an exception retains the right to enroll as a part-time student and shall be entitled to take any course, receive any ancillary services, and take or receive any combination of courses and ancillary services which is offered by a public school to full-time students.

B. Entrance Qualifications

To be admitted to a kindergarten program which commences in the fall of the year, a child must be five (5) years of age as of midnight August 31 of the year of entry. To be admitted to a first grade program a child must be six (6) years of age as of midnight August 31 of the year of entry.

Students who will be five (5) years of age as of midnight August 31 and who demonstrate need in one or more domains as identified through the district’s screening process may be offered an early entrance date. Domains include: social emotional; physical; cognitive; language; literacy; and mathematics.

Any child not otherwise eligible for entry to first grade who successfully has completed a kindergarten program in a public or private school shall be permitted entry to the school program: Provided, that the kindergarten program standards substantially equaled or exceeded the applicable basic education program requirements of RCW 28A.150.220 and WAC 180-16-200 through 180-16-220, each as now or hereafter amended: Provided further, That if the district has reason to believe that an individual child so qualified may not succeed in the district's first grade program, the district shall have the option of placing the child in either kindergarten or the first grade for evaluation in the areas specified in WAC 392-335-025 and a final determination of the child's appropriate grade level placement no later than the thirtieth calendar day following the child's first day of attendance.

C. Admission of Students Aged Twenty-One or Older
A student aged 21 or older may enroll in a school in the district under the following conditions:

  1. There is available space in the school and program which the student shall attend;
  2. Tuition is prepaid;
  3. The student provides his/her own transportation;
  4. The student resides in the state of Washington; and
  5. In the judgment of the superintendent or designee, no adult education program is available at reasonable costs and the district’s program is appropriate to the needs of the student.

D. Placement of Students on Admission

The decision of where to place a student seeking admission to the district rests with the principal. Generally, students meeting the age of admission requirements or transferring from a public or approved private school shall be placed in kindergarten or first grade, or the grade from which they transferred. The principal shall evaluate the educational record and assessments of all other students to determine their appropriate placement. A temporary classroom assignment may be made for no more than thirty calendar days for the purpose of evaluation prior to making the final placement decision.

Cross References:
Substance Abuse Program - Policy 2121
Guidance and Counseling - Policy 2140
Remediation Programs - Policy 2108
Part-time, Home-based, or Off-campus Students - Policy 3114
Compulsory Attendance - Policy 3121
Complaints Concerning Staff or Program - Policy 4312

Legal References:
Attendance mandatory- Age-Exceptions - RCW 28A.225.010
School’s duties upon child’s failure to attend school - RCW 28A.225.020
Qualification for admission to district’s schools-Fees for preadmission screening - RCW 28A.225.160
Adults, children from other districts, agreements for attending school –Tuition - RCW 28A.225.220
State support of public schools - WAC180-16
Attendance rights of part-time public school students - WAC 392-134-010
Finance - Nonresident attendance - WAC 392-137
Uniform Entry Qualifications - WAC 392-335

Management Resource:
Entrance to School Policy Changes - Policy News, April 2006
Districts may set K-screening fees - Policy News, August 1999

Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: August 1985
Revised by the Board: 10.99, 07.09, 1.15, 9.19
Classification: Priority