Welcome to Kindergarten

Kindergarten studentWelcome to Central Kitsap schools!

If your child is five years old on or before Aug. 31, you can enroll your child in school. We provide free, full-day kindergarten in all our elementary schools.

We look forward to partnering with your family to meet your child’s learning needs.

Enroll in School

Most of our students are assigned to attend the schools closest to their homes. Visit our school boundaries page to find out which school is closest to you.

If you know which school your child will go to, go straight to our registration page. You’ll find out what forms you need to fill out and what documents you need to bring to school.

You can also choose a kindergarten program based on your child's interests and learning style. We offer a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focus at Brownsville Elementary and a kindergarten Montessori program at Hawk Elementary at Jackson Park.

If you have any questions about enrolling, call the school’s main office. 

​Riding the Bus for the First Time

school busesWe provide bus services for students who live a mile or more from school. If your child plans to ride the bus, please register with our Transportation Department by calling at 360-662-8800.

When you register, you help our drivers ensure that your child gets off at the right stop. It also helps our drivers be aware of any medical concerns and have the ability to contact you in case of an emergency.

We’ll assign your child a bus stop. Drivers cannot change or add bus stops. You will need to provide your child’s driver with written permission to let your child off at a different bus stop.

Talk with your child about boarding and riding the bus safely. It’s also helpful if you both memorize your route number and driver’s name. Here are some resources to help:

We also welcome you to see what the inside of a bus is like and ask us any questions. Call our Transportation staff from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 360-662-8800. Or, learn more by visiting the Transportation section of our website.

What Your Child Will Learn

Storytime in a kindergarten classroomWe will help your child build a foundation in math, science, reading, writing and social studies. We’ll also help your child learn other lifelong social and emotional skills.

Before school starts, we’ll ask you fill out a Kindergarten Questionnaire (also available in Spanish). This helps your child’s teacher get to know your child and meet your child’s learning needs.

Kindergarten teachers also check your child’s developing skills as part of the state WaKIDS inventory. Your child’s teacher closely observes your child’s progress and will share any concerns with you.

We’ll also use short tests throughout the year to check your child’s growth in math and literacy. 

More Resources

Want to know more about school? Try one of these links: