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

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Enrollment & Readiness

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year will open late January 2020!

Neighborhood School

Not sure where your student will attend, look up your neighborhood school using our Find Your School tool.


Enrollment Form

Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year will begin late January 2020.

Enrollment Requirements & Recommendations

What you need to register

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Proof of your address
    • Rental agreement, purchase agreement or utility bill
    • Documents of public agencies; e.g., courts, Department of Social and Health Services medical coupon or rent voucher, a public utility bill, waste management, or power bill, etc., showing parent’s or guardian’s or adult student’s name and address.
    • Official court documents establishing a legal guardianship and the guardian’s residency.
    • Parent/Guardians without proof of residency documentation are advised to contact their neighborhood school for enrollment assistance
  • Your child’s immunization records for measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis B, and varicella (chickenpox)


  • Two emergency contacts, including addresses and phone numbers
  • Physician, dentist, and child care addresses and phone numbers

If your child has a life-threatening condition, including allergies, asthma, diabetes and seizure disorders, you will need to meet with the school nurse before the first day of school or any of the kindergarten readiness programs. The nurse will confirm all medications, medical supplies and healthcare provider orders are in place.

Kindergarten Readiness Programs

Highline offers unique programs for incoming kindergarten students to help them be “ready for kindergarten” in the fall. These programs include PreK Play & Learn, Kindergarten Jump Start and WaKIDS. The programs are free for registered kindergarten students. For more information, contact Elisa Turner at 206-631-3190.

Jump Start

Kindergarten Jump Start is a week-long learning experience to help incoming kindergarten students and their parents be ready to start school. This program is free and open to all incoming students who are registered for kindergarten at a Highline elementary school.

Jump Start helps children familiarize themselves with their new school, kindergarten teacher, classmates, and daily schedule before school starts in September. Children participate in typical kindergarten classroom activities, tour the school campus, and experience outdoor play just like they will at recess. 

Breakfast is served at each Jump Start school site. Transportation is available for students who are registered in time to set up the bus route.

Students must be registered for kindergarten to attend Jump Start. To register for kindergarten, please visit your neighborhood elementary school.


The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child’s life.

Three Components

  • Family connection welcomes families into the Washington K-12 system as partners in their child’s education.
  • Whole-child assessment gives kindergarten teachers information about the social/emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy and mathematics development of the children in their classrooms, so they may tailor their instruction to the individual needs of each child.
  • Early learning collaboration aligns practices of early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers to support smooth transitions for children.


  • What is WaKIDS? (PDF) English | Spanish – a one-page document that provides an overview of this program.
  • Family Brochure (PDF) is an invitation for families of students who are participating in WaKIDS this year to get involved in the program and find out what to expect.

Readiness Activities

Parents and families have a very important role as their child's first teacher. Children learn in different ways and at different rates. They come to school with varying skills. 

We encourage our families to work with their students at home. To help, we've created the Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines which highlight some of the skills children need to be prepared for kindergarten. These guidelines are a parent resource designed to help families prepare children for school.

This document does not need to be completed and turned in at the school, but rather is for parents to keep as a guide to kindergarten readiness.

Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines














If you have questions about the document, please contact Kathy Emerick.


ReadyK! is a transitional kindergarten program for children who have not had access to high-quality early learning experiences. 

ReadyK! students will start school in January, rather than waiting until September. The program will be located in various schools across the district. In fall students will return to their home school for their kindergarten program. 

To enroll, students must:

  • Be age-eligible to begin kindergarten for the upcoming school year. Students must turn 5 years old by August 31.
  • Demonstrate need as determined by our Ready K! screening tool.
  • Lack access to a high-quality early learning experience.

If your child meets the above criteria and you would like to have them screened for need, please complete the ReadyK! Application online or at our Central Office, or contact the ReadyK! team at 206-631-3396 or by December 6.