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Kindergarten registration at LWSD begins Feb. 7

For parents in the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) whose children will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, it is time for kindergarten registration.

Registration will take place at neighborhood schools, beginning Feb. 7 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

To register their child, parents should bring proof of the child's birth date such as a birth certificate or passport, the child's health history, including current immunizations and emergency contact information.

LWSD offers half-day kindergarten for all children in the district. At times, the district may need to transport students to a school other than their neighborhood school due to enrollment levels. If that happens, a lottery will be held Feb. 13 to determine which students will be affected.

Most schools in the district offer an all-day kindergarten program as well. The district must charge tuition for the all-day program. The state pays for half-day kindergarten; parents of all-day kindergarten students pay for the other half of the day. Tuition for 2012-13 was $3,300, but the fee is subject to change. The 2012-2013 tuition for those who qualify for a reduced fee was $1,180. The fee was $650 for those who qualify for free lunch. All fees are subject to change.

Parents interested in registering their child for all-day kindergarten will need to bring their checkbook as they will be asked to pay for the first month of kindergarten at the time of registration. Arrangements can be made for automatic withdrawals from parents' bank accounts for monthly payments during the next school year.

If more than 22 children register for all-day kindergarten classes, a lottery will be held on Feb. 13 to determine the students in those classes.

Parents will be able to register their children for kindergarten after Feb. 7, up through the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. However, they are less likely to be able to get into an all-day kindergarten class and may be more likely to have their child assigned to a different school.

For more information, visit lwsd.org/Parents/Student-Registration/kindergarten-registration.

To determine which school is your neighborhood school, click on "District Map" or "School & Bus Finder" or call the district transportation office at (425) 936-1120.

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