Kindergarten Academy

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


Designed for children who turn five after August 31, this program offers support to children who have not had a formal preschool or other pre-kindergarten experience. 


Kindergarten Academy will be offered January - June 2021 at the following locations: 

  • • Dessie Evans Elementary 

  • • Maplewood Elementary

  • • Pope Elementary


For more information and/or to schedule a Kindergarten Academy Assessment appointment, phone Marylee Avila at (253) 841-8784 or email .


Frequently Asked Questions 


Q:  If schools are still 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 2021 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. 


Q:  What type of assessments will be administered to my child during the 30-minute Kindergarten Academy assessment meeting in the fall?   


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?   


A:  Yes.  The Puyallup School District will provide transportation to and from Kindergarten Academy.  Students will be picked up from their  neighborhood school and transported to the location of their Kindergarten  Academy school. Alternatively, families can choose  to transport their child.

How to download the READY! for Kindergarten App.