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Application and Registration Process for Families NEW to CSWS in September 2018

Thank you so much for your interest in our school. We look forward to welcoming you to visit us.

Upcoming open houses:

Enrollment Considerations

Children must turn 3 years old by August 31st of the year they start Pre-school in September. This is in-line with public school kindergarten start requirements for children to turn 5 by August 31st. We also accept 4 year olds. Families with children who are 3 or 4 years olds are welcome to apply.

Typically we have between 40 and 60 spaces available each year in our four multi-age classrooms. Our goal is to have a good balance of 3 and 4 years olds as well as boys and girls in each room.

Our process is to review applications first come first serve during our annual enrollment period in February. Additional applications are processed based on availability, room balance, and family schedule needs. We do not accept new incoming children who turn 5 before August 31st.

We provide scholarships on a sliding fee and we accept DSHS, City of Seattle Childcare, and GSA payments.

CSWS is a unique and special place. Being here is really the best way to get a true sense of who we are as a school. Please email us to schedule an observation!

Application Instructions

Come to an Open House
Drop by any time between 10am and 2pm. Open Houses are typically held in January and February. These are times for the adults to visit and chat. There will be an opportunity for you to bring your child for a visit before you apply. See Step 2. Babies in arms are always welcome.

Schedule an Observation.
This is the time for you and your child to get a feel for the school and for us to see your child in our environment which helps inform the best classroom placement decision.

Plan to stay for a couple of hours so you can see the routine and all of the classrooms. Please keep in mind, while our teachers want to connect with you, during your observation their priority is the children in the classroom. Please observe, take notes and someone will be available during your visit to answer your questions outside of the classroom.

Submit an Application. There is NO application fee.
You MUST do an observation before applying.
1st round Applications are due in the office by the last day in February. Applications will continue to be accepted if there are spaces, first round applicants have priority.

The first round applicants can expect to hear from us by mid-March. Off-cycle applications will be processed as they are completed and we aim to send notification within 2 weeks of submitting your application.

To accept the space offered to you, sign the forms and submit the one time, nonrefundable $200 enrollment fee. To hold your spot, this is due to the office 2 weeks after you received your acceptance letter.

To decline your offer, please sign the forms and return to the office within 2 weeks of receiving your offer letter.

Once you have accepted your spot you will be sent a Registration Packet. Complete all the registration forms, the tuition contract, and submit the deposit by July 1st.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The Community School of West Seattle (CSWS) strongly values what diversity brings to our school. CSWS is committed to admitting and welcoming students and families of any race, color, nationality, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, family make-up or circumstances, to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of the school.

CSWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, gender, ethnic and cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, family make-up or circumstances in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship programs, or any other school administered programs.


If you have ANY questions or concerns please call (206) 763-2081 or email at office@cswsplay.org


The Community School of West Seattle 9450 22nd Avenue SW Seattle  WA 98106 (206) 763-2081   Fax-206 762-2369
Contact us: office@cswsplay.org

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