Early Kindergarten Entry

About Early Entrance

A child must turn five years old by August 31 to register for kindergarten. If your child turns five between September 1 and November 30 and you live within Central Kitsap School District's boundaries, you can apply for early entrance and pay for testing. Younger children are not eligible. Tests may cost up to $325.

We will assess many of your child’s skills. An academic skill, such as counting or reciting ABCs, is only part of being ready for school. We also look at social-emotional development, sight, hearing, communication, and motor skills. Often we encourage you to wait until your child is older to enter kindergarten. Many children do better in elementary school when they start later.

Applying for Early Entrance

Information below was for enrolling early for the 2021 school year. Dates, time, and details for testing for the 2022 school year will be updated in March 2022.

  • Attend a required parent/guardian meeting to get an Early Entrance packet, which will be emailed to you. Get an Early Entrance to Kindergarten packet by attending a parent/guardian Zoom meeting on April 22, 2021, from 4-4:30 pm. To sign up to attend a meeting, please fill out this Google form: Early Entrance Kindergarten Parent/Guardian Meeting Registration. If you have questions, contact Kim Burchett at kimbu@ckschools.org.
  • Fill out forms and get a reference letter. Fill out all the forms in the packet, including the parent questionnaire. Please include a letter of reference from someone who knows your child well, but is not a member of your family, such as a doctor or a preschool teacher. Ask them to tell us about your child’s motor skills, emotional and social maturity, and communication skills.

  • Return forms and pay prior to June 14, 2021. By June 14, send in your forms and pay a $200 fee online for the first test. You can email everything to KimBu@ckschools.org . If you can’t afford the test fee, please call us about payment help at 360-662-1734. Testing for Level 1 takes place June 17-21, 2021.
  • Schedule Assessments. Once all forms are turned in and fees paid, you can schedule a Level 1 Assessment. You will receive an email with your scheduled testing time.  If your child advances to Level 2 testing, we will ask you to make payment and email you with your second appointment for level 2 testing.
  • Families who move to CKSD over the summer. Please email your interest to have your child tested to Kim Burchett at kimbu@ckschools.org  Testing will take place on August 18 and 19 only for students who moved after the June 18 testing time frame. Forms will be emailed to you if your situation qualifies you for testing.


Level 1 Testing

You won’t be with your child during Level 1 and Level 2 tests, but please remain on the premises with your cell phone. 

The test will take about an hour. If you have other children with you, please bring books, games, or toys to keep them busy.

During the test, a school psychologist will look at:

    1. Your child’s mental abilities, such as concentration, listening, memory, persistence, and problem solving
    2. Social and emotional readiness

    A school psychologist will talk with you about the test results.

    Level 2 Testing

    If your child passes Level 1 tests, we will ask you to schedule Level 2 tests and to pay $125. Level 2 tests take about an hour.

    During the test, a teacher will look at:

    • math and language skills
    • gross motor skills like running, jumping and catching
    • fine motor skills such as writing and drawing
    • your child’s ability to see the difference between similar letters and shapes
    • your child’s ability to hear the difference between similar sounds
    • how your child talks and responds to direction
    • social and emotional skills, such as attention, starting and stopping new activities, and independence

    Trial Kindergarten Enrollment

    If Level 2 testing shows that your child has all the skills he or she needs, you may enroll him or her in kindergarten. We’ll then watch your child closely for 30 days. If at that time it looks like your child may not be ready, we’ll carry out another social and emotional skills test. We will ask you to meet with the teacher, principal, and possibly others to talk about what we’ve seen. We’ll work together to decide if your child should stay in kindergarten. Ultimately, the principal will make a final decision.

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