How to apply for the 2017-18 school year:
1. TAKE A TOUR. Tours include an introduction to KapKa, a chance to see teachers and students in the classroom setting and an opportunity to talk with teachers and ask questions of current parents. Tours are for adults and space is limited. We offer tours from October 2016 until March 2017; tours outside of those months are arranged on an individual basis.
Tours are from 10:30 to 11:30 am.
- Wednesday, October 26
- Monday, November 7
- Wednesday, November 9
- Wednesday, November 16
- Monday, December 5
- Wednesday, December 7
- Tuesday, December 13
- Wednesday, January 4
- Monday, January 9
- Wednesday, January 11
- Wednesday, February 1
- Wednesday, March 1
RSVP for a tour by emailing KapKa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information:
- The date of the tour you would like to attend.
- The names of each adult attending.
- The name and grade of each child who is a potential applicant.
- Any questions you may have about the tour process.
2. ATTEND OUR OPEN HOUSE. Our annual open house will be Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10 am to noon. This is a parent-only event. There will not be childcare. Our address is 510 N. 49th St. KapKa’s entrance is off of Dayton Ave. N., near the corner with N. 49th St. and adjacent to the play structure on our playground.
Teachers will present information about the school and their academic programs, and parents will have a chance to visit classrooms and speak to teachers directly. Current parents will also be available after the presentations to talk about KapKa and how it functions as a cooperative school.
3. SUBMIT AN APPLICATION. Applications and teacher evaluation forms are due January 19, 2017 (financial assistance is separate, see details below). We will accept late applications after that date as space allows.
- APPLICATION: Submit a completed application form and $60 application fee. The form may be emailed to email@example.com, or mailed to KapKa. You can mail or drop off a check at KapKa (510 N 49th St. Seattle, WA 98103). Or you can pay the application fee via PayPal below.
- EVALUATIONS: Give your Teacher Evaluation forms to two current or previous teachers (or non-related adults) who know your child. These maybe be completed digitally and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or completed in hard copy. If the latter, please provide the teacher with a stamped envelope addressed to: KapKa Cooperative School, Teacher Evaluation 510 N 49th St. Seattle, WA 98103.
- SCHOOL RECORDS: Students applying for first to fifth grades need to request and submit their school records. Records are not required for kindergarten applicants.
- FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (OPTIONAL): Parents seeking financial aid must submit an application with School and Student Services by the National Association of Independent Schools, an organization that provides an independent, third-party assessment of a family's ability to cover tuition costs. This application is due February 9, 2017. KapKa’s financial-aid policy requires full payment of the $250 registration fee and first tuition payment upon acceptance. Financial aid is then available up to a maximum of 50 percent of the total tuition. To apply for financial aid, please file an online application at: sssbynais.org/parents.
4. KIDS VISIT KAPKA. Families with kindergarten to second-grade children who are applying to the school are asked to visit KapKa together on Saturday, February 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This is a great chance for children to see the school and meet KapKa's faculty and some current students. Older applicants will be invited to spend time in the classroom during the school week.
5. ACCEPTANCE LETTERS AND CONFIRMATION. We will mail decision letters and contracts by March 17. Family responses are due on March 28. For KapKa to hold your place, we require a $250 registration fee and first tuition payment. If payment is not received promptly, the space will be offered to wait-listed families.
Admission decisions are made without regard to a child’s race, religion, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, family structure or financial status. We believe that all children are gifted and testing is not an effective way to measure a child’s potential. As such, we do not use formal testing to inform admission decisions. It is important for us to be able to fully meet the needs of each child that we accept into our school. Therefore, we only offer placement to children whose needs we believe we are fully able to support. Children must turn five by August 31 to be considered for kindergarten placement.
6. WELCOME TO NEW STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. We have two events to welcome students and families. In April, we host the Incoming Family Ice Cream Social to give new families a chance to meet each other and revisit the school. In June, the incoming students spend an afternoon at KapKa, doing activities with teachers and meeting current students in a welcoming ceremony. New families are additionally invited to join the KapKa community over the summer in organized play dates and a camping trip.
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS
KapKa admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.