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K-12 education

K-12 education

Find out how to help your child get ready for kindergarden, enroll in  Seattle Public Schools, get help from a tutor or volunteer as a tutor and participate in free or reduced price programs offered to low-income students.

A special scholarship program helps students secure funding for college if they sign up by 7th or 8th grade.

JumpStart on kindergarten

Jump Start is a free transition-to-kindergarten program offered at most Seattle elementary and K-8 schools. Offered the week before school starts, the program gives children a chance to get comfortable in their new school building and meet teachers and staff, so they can feel ready and confident when school begins. Bilingual staff assist students who need interpretation.

More information: Seattle Public Schools Jump Start

Seattle Public Schools

Get information about how to register a child for school at seattleschools.org/admissions/admissions_center

Enroll online or in person at Seattle Public Schools Service Center, 2445 3rd Ave. South Seattle, WA 98134. 

Email: servicecenter@seattleschools.org

Phone: 206.252.0760

Youth tutoring

The Seattle Housing Authority partners with community organizations that can help youth with one-on-one and group tutoring to help them with school achievement.

Students and their parents are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities by contacting one of SHA's partners active in their neighborhood.

Multiple communities

Catholic Community Services provides Youth tutoring at the SHA communities of Jackson Park Village, NewHolly, High Point, Rainier Vista and Yesler. For more information, visit ccsww.org.

NewHolly

East African Community Services offers after-school tutoring for youth who live at NewHolly. For more information, visit. eastafricancs.org

High Point

SafeFutures offers tutoring for middle- and high-school youth who live at High Point. For more information, visit sfyc.net

 

Free and reduced-priced meals

Seattle Public Schools recognizes the important connection between a healthy diet and student's ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school. Children may be eligible for free or reduced-priced meals during the school day.

For eligibility information, visit Seattle Public Schools Free and Reduced Price Meals

Two ways to apply:

Free Orca Card for teens

High school students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in Seattle Public Schools may be eligible for a free ORCA card (bus pass) 

For eligibility information, call 206.684.7623 or visit the City of Seattle’s Youth ORCA program

Apply online 

7th and 8th graders - Plan for college

The College Bound Scholarship Program provides hope and incentive for students and families who otherwise might not consider college because of cost. Low-income 7th and 8th graders who sign a pledge by June 30 of their 8th grade year are eligible. Students promise to graduate from high school, demonstrate good citizenship and seek admission to a college or university. The amount of the scholarship is based on tuition rates at Washington public colleges and universities.

For eligibility information or to apply, visit: wsac.wa.gov/college-bound