The Seattle Preschool Selection process takes into consideration various factors. Eligible preschoolers will be selected through a random selection process that utilizes the following criteria:
Child’s age: Children who are age 4 on or before August 31 of the school year will receive priority over children who are age 3.
Home address: If you select a site that is in the same Seattle Public Schools elementary or middle school attendance zone as your home address, you will receive priority for that site over children living in other parts of the city.
Siblings: Additional preference is given to children with siblings who will be enrolled/attending SPP at the same time.
Homeless and Foster Care: Children from families experiencing homelessness or in foster care will receive priority placement.
Dual Language or Lower Income 3-year olds: Three-year old children who do not have attendance zone priority will receive priority if they have a household state median income (SMI) below 54% OR if they speak a heritage language AND have a household state median income (SMI) below 94%.
No. If your child is 3 by August 31 of the program year, your child is considered a 3-year-old for the remainder of the program year. This policy aligns to the public-school age cut off.
Preschoolers will be given priority to attend the same SPS school that an older sibling attends, if that school is a SPP location. In order for the priority to be applied, parents must enter the older siblings SPS ID on the application.
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