Waitlist FAQ

  • Is there a waitlist?


    Students are selected for SPP through two application rounds- one in April and one in May- to start the program in the following September. To have your child included in a selection round, you must apply within the application period for that round. (See website for application round deadlines.)

    If an application has been received by round 1 selection deadline, but that child is not selected for a preschool during round 1, they are automatically entered into the second round.

    If you apply after the deadline for round 1, but before the round 2 selection deadline, your child’s application will be included in the second round of invitations.

    Any application received after the Round 2 deadline will be placed on a waitlist. The waitlist includes any children who were not selected in the first two rounds of invitations and anyone who missed the deadline for the first two rounds.

  • Where do I fall on the waitlist?


    Students are placed on a waitlist for each preschool on your application.
    Students are placed on the waitlist in order of the program priorities.

    • Children experiencing homelessness or in foster care will be placed first
    • 4-year-olds will be placed over 3-year-olds
    • Children who live in the elementary or middle school zones for a preschool will get priority over students who live outside of those boundaries (To determine your neighborhood school, visit Seattle Public Schools’ address lookup tool.)