Kindergarten FAQs

  • Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the kindergarten changes:

    Q: Which school or kindergarten site will my child attend?
    A: School assignments for 2019-2020 kindergarten students have been completed and families of incoming kindergarten students who will be attending their neighborhood schools have been notified. Students who were not placed at their neighborhood school will attend one of the kindergarten sites at North City Elementary or Meridian Park Elementary. See the list below to determine which kindergarten site your child will attend. Students who will be placed in a self-contained special education program will be notified of their child’s site through the IEP process.

    North City Kindergarten Site

    • Briarcrest will attend North City
    • Brookside will attend North City
    • Echo Lake will attend North City
    • Lake Forest Park will attend North City
    • Ridgecrest will attend North City

    Meridian Park Kindergarten Site

    • Highland Terrace will attend Meridian Park
    • Meridian Park will attend Meridian Park
    • Parkwood will attend Meridian Park
    • Syre will attend Meridian Park

    Kindergarten students who register after April 12 may be placed at either site, regardless of their neighborhood school, in order to balance class size and space needs.

    Q: What other options were considered to reduce K-3 class sizes?
    A: A number of different scenarios were considered. You can review the four scenarios presented to the school board HERE. Ultimately, the option selected provided the most short and long-term benefits for students, staff and families.

    Q: Why didn’t you consider moving sixth-grade students to the overflow sites?
    A: We have previous experience serving kindergarten students at a kindergarten site other than their neighborhood school and this is an expansion of that programming. Moving sixth-grade students would not give us enough capacity to achieve the smaller class sizes enough to meet our objectives in grades K-3.

    Q: Will neighborhood students be kept together at the same kindergarten sites and classrooms? Will they have a teacher from their neighborhood school?
    A: To every extent possible, we will cluster students together with their neighborhood school peers at their kindergarten sites and in classrooms with a kindergarten teacher from their neighborhood school.

    Q: Will my child attend their neighborhood school the following year (2020-2021)?
    A: We anticipate all students will attend their neighborhood school in the 2020-2021 school year. However, it is possible that North City could open as a comprehensive elementary school that school year. If that becomes the case, elementary boundary lines could shift and North City could become the neighborhood school for some of the kindergarten students who attended it as their kindergarten site. Parent representatives will be included in the Reopening of North City Stakeholder Advisory Committee. If you are interested in being considered to serve on this committee, please contact Di Mikesell at 206-393-4366 or di.mikesell@shorelineschools.org

    Q: Will transportation be provided?
    A: Yes. Information on kindergarten transportation, including bus stop locations and times, will be shared with families later this summer.

    Q: What will transportation be like?
    A: Kindergartners attending one of the kindergarten sites will be picked up at bus stops in their neighborhoods. They will then be transported to Meridian Park or North City. Exact bus stop locations will be based on actual home addresses of kindergarten students. Some students will likely have longer rides than they would have to their neighborhood school and some students’ rides will be shorter.

    Q: How will my child have the opportunity to participate in events and build community at their home school?
    A: Each principal will work with staff to develop a plan for welcoming and transitioning kindergarten students to their schools. Additionally, out kindergarten overflow site administrators will work closely with neighborhood school principals to provide information about events and activities at their school.

    Q: Does the District have any experience with kindergarten relocation or kindergarten site programming?
    A: Yes. Due to space constraints, all elementary schools except Cascade K-8 had some or all of their kindergarten students attending Meridian Park in the 2018-2019 school year.

    Q: Will the kindergarten site have librarians, music teachers, physical education teachers, nurses and counselors.
    A: Yes.

    Q: Will there be an office staff and principal?
    A: Yes. Each kindergarten site is staffed with an administrator and office staff. If you would like to participate in the selection process for the kindergarten site administrator for North City, please contact Denise Hinze at 206-393-4112 or denise.hinze@shorelineschools.org.

    Q: Is North City ready to house students?

    A: Yes. North City has undergone many facility upgrades and has been used this school year to house all Parkwood students and staff as their new school is being constructed. The year prior, it housed our early learning students while the Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center was being constructed. The school has undergone renovations and retrofitting in recent years to bring the building up to current codes and standards. A Patch.com article from March referenced an outdated database indicating the school had not undergone seismic retrofitting. That article has been updated to note that retrofitting has occurred and the school is up to current seismic codes and standards.

    Q: Some students receive special education services such as speech, occupation or physical therapy or academic assistance. Will those services be available?
    A: Yes, those services will be available and provided to students who need them.

    Q: Will there be an opportunity for families and students to visit their kindergarten site before the first day of school?
    A: Yes, the kindergarten sites will have open house/meet the teacher events prior to the start of school. We will also produce and share an introductory video that can be shared with incoming kindergartners and their families to help them get to know their new school.

    Q: Will the kindergarten sites have before and after care available?
    A: Yes. You can submit a Request for Care form HERE.

    Q: Can my child be transported to and from our neighborhood school’s extended care program?
    A: Yes. Families of students assigned to one of the kindergarten sites will be asked to submit a Request for Care form indicating their preference for having their child attend Extended Care (before school/after school care) at their neighborhood school or kindergarten site. Request for Care forms can be submitted HERE. Families who submit their form by the June 7 deadline will be placed into a lottery to be assigned to their first preference of Extended Care as per our normal Extended Care registration process. Families with siblings in their neighborhood school’s Extended Care program will be given first priority for their kindergarten student if there is space available at their neighborhood school. Space available at each neighborhood school’s Extended Care site is determined annually based on enrollment, staffing and available space.

    Q: How will there be enough space in the elementary schools for all kindergarten students to return to their neighborhood schools in 2020-2021?
    A: In the fall of 2020, all 6th grade students will move to the middle schools when the new Einstein and Kellogg Middle Schools are completed. The elementary grade band will then be grades K-5. While the decision to move 6th grade to middle school was made to benefit the instructional needs of 6th grade students, it also frees up enough space in the elementary schools to have all K-5 students attend their neighborhood schools while still implementing the K-3 class size reduction. You can read more about the decision to move 6th grade to middle school on pages 4-5 of the Winter 2016 edition of The Flagship. Additionally, it is possible that North City could open as a comprehensive elementary school in the 2020-2021 school year. If that becomes the case, elementary boundary lines could shift and additional classroom space would be available. Parent representatives will be included in the Reopening of North City Stakeholder Advisory Committee. If you are interested in being considered to serve on this committee, please contact Di Mikesell at 206-393-4366 or di.mikesell@shorelineschools.org

    Q: How will families receive important updates about the kindergarten sites and programs?
    A: Emails will be sent to families regarding important announcements, such as administrator selection, event invitations, important decisions, etc. General information will be shared on this FAQ page. Links to the FAQ page will be periodically included in emails to families. Questions and answers will be added chronologically, with the newest questions and answers added to the bottom of the list.

    Q: Which school or kindergarten site will my child attend?
    A: School assignments for 2019-2020 kindergarten students have been completed and families of incoming kindergarten students who will be attending their neighborhood schools have been notified. Students who were not placed at their neighborhood school will attend one of the kindergarten sites at North City Elementary or Meridian Park Elementary. See the list below to determine which kindergarten site your child will attend. Students who will be placed in a self-contained special education program will be notified of their child’s site through the IEP process.

    North City Kindergarten Site

    • Briarcrest will attend North City
    • Brookside will attend North City
    • Echo Lake will attend North City
    • Lake Forest Park will attend North City
    • Ridgecrest will attend North City

    Meridian Park Kindergarten Site

    • Highland Terrace will attend Meridian Park
    • Meridian Park will attend Meridian Park
    • Parkwood will attend Meridian Park
    • Syre will attend Meridian Park

    Kindergarten students who register after April 12 may be placed at either site, regardless of their neighborhood school, in order to balance class size and space needs.

    Q: What will be the start and end times for the kindergarten sites?
    A: North City will begin at 8:40 am and end at 3:00 pm. Meridian Park will begin at 9:10 am and end at 3:30 pm.

    Q: Who can I contact with questions or concerns?
    A: If you have any questions or concerns, please call at 206-393-4365 for assistance.