Reportedly, your child won’t receive an admission letter to Hogwarts until they turn 10. If you are wondering what to do about your child’s education during the intervening years, one of our local public elementary schools might be the answer.
In Wallingford, public school students attend one of our three neighborhood reference schools: McDonald Elementary, BF Day Elementary or John Stanford International School. Your reference school is determined by your address, which you can enter into the handy-dandy Seattle Public Schools “reference school generator” here.
While Seattle Public Schools accepts students at their neighborhood reference school on a rolling basis right up through the first day of school, it is preferred that you register your child soon so that the schools can plan for the appropriate number of classrooms, buses, etc. in advance of the first day of school. Enrollment for kindergarten is open now, with forms and instructions available at the SPS website. Parents are encouraged by the school district to register their incoming kindergarteners by this Thursday, January 31.
In addition to regular enrollment, which is for your child’s neighborhood reference school, you can apply for the school of your choice during the open enrollment period, February 25th– March 8th. Open enrollment applies to children at any grade level who want to attend a school that is not their neighborhood reference school. For example, if you wanted your child to attend the Salmon Bay Elementary School (our reference area’s alternative school), you would apply for acceptance during open enrollment. If your child has qualified for Spectrum or APP, open enrollment is the time to officially enroll them in that program.
With all of this enrollment excitement on the horizon, it’s not surprising that our area schools are offering tours/open houses:
B.F. Day is hosting a family dinner/open house for new and existing families this Thursday, January 31, from 5:30-7:30. More details at their PTSA website.
McDonald has several tours coming up on February 7th, 13th and 27th. To RSVP for a tour, please visit their PTSA website.
John Stanford’s tour day is February 13th. Please visit their website for more details.
Salmon Bay Elementary is offering tours February 7th, February 19th and March 5th. To find more info, look for the calendar of “upcoming events” at the bottom of their PTSA homepage.