Interested families are required to attend one of the informational meetings offered at the school prior to submitting an application for the program. Families must complete and submit an application for their child. Applications for kindergarten will be available at Harney Elementary and Sarah J. Anderson Elementary and online. Applications must be submitted to Harney Elementary or Sarah J. Anderson Elementary by the deadline to be entered into the lottery. (If there are more applicants than spaces in the program, students will be selected through a lottery process.)
Students residing within the school boundaries of Harney Elementary or Sarah J. Anderson Elementary will be placed in the first lottery drawing. The second drawing will be for students outside of the school boundary, but within the Vancouver Public Schools’ boundaries. The third drawing will be for students outside of Vancouver Public Schools (per district regulations). All applicants will be notified of the lottery outcome.
Parents of students outside of school boundaries who are selected for this program will be required to provide their own transportation to and from school.
Once students are admitted to the program, they will have continued placement in the program each year without having to reapply. Annual renewal of boundary exceptions for students living outside Harney or Anderson boundaries is required.
Siblings of students admitted to the program are not guaranteed placement in the program, nor are they given preference on a waiting list based on their sibling’s admission to the program. Parents may apply for a boundary exception for a sibling to attend Harney Elementary or Sarah J. Anderson Elementary. Regular boundary exception policies apply (Regulation 5115, sections II–V).