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Kindergarten Academy

January 2022 – June 2022 Program information

Kindergarten Academy is a free, 20-week, early entrance full-day kindergarten program available to families who reside within the Puyallup School District attendance boundaries.

Designed for children who turn five after August 31, 2021 this program offers support to children who have not had a formal preschool or other pre-kindergarten experience.    Interested families should call or email to schedule an assessment.   Once all assessments are done, students that would most benefit will be contacted and invited to enroll.

Kindergarten Academy will be offered January-June 2022 at the following locations: 

Carson Elementary
Dessie Evans Elementary
Edgerton Elementary
Firgrove Elementary
Maplewood Elementary
Northwood Elementary
Pope Elementary
Spinning Elementary
Wildwood Elementary
Zeiger Elementary

 For more information email or call Kris Wilkinson(253) 841-8784.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What type of assessments will be administered to my child during the 30-minute Kindergarten Academy assessment meeting?  
A:  There is no preparation needed prior to your child’s scheduled 30-minute Kindergarten Academy assessment meeting.  During the meeting, your child will be assessed on letter names/sounds, counting, basic shape identification, etc.  It’s important to remember, the main determination on whether or not a child qualifies is based on whether or not they have had a formal preschool or other pre-kindergarten educational experience.  Kindergarten Academy is designed for children who have not had a formal preschool or other pre-kindergarten educational experience.

Q:  Is transportation available and will my child be picked up on my neighborhood route?  
A:  Yes.  The Puyallup School District will provide transportation to and from Kindergarten Academy.  Families will need to transport their student(s) to their neighborhood school and transportation will be provided to the location of their Kindergarten Academy school. Students will not be picked up on the neighborhood route with other elementary age students.  Alternatively, families can choose to transport their child.   


Q:   What are the hours of Kindergarten Academy?
A:    Kindergarten Academy classrooms will typically begin and end thirty or more minutes after the start time for other students in the building. This is necessary to ensure transportation is available to support our Kindergarten Academy students.

Q:  If schools are closed because of COVID-19, will Kindergarten Academy still be offered?
A:  Yes. All Puyallup School District teachers, including Kindergarten Academy teachers, are trained in distance learning. In January 2022, Kindergarten Academy will begin using the same instructional model our schools are in at the time. That could be full time distance learning, full time in person learning, or a hybrid of the two. 


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