early learning

If all students entering Kelso School District have access to high quality early learning experiences, then their ability to meet or exceed standards by the end of third grade in English language arts and mathematics is greatly enhanced.


Wallace Preschool Pups

2023-24 Placement Consideration:

  • You must reside in Kelso School District.

  • Your child will be three or four years old by August 31, 2023.


Return a completed application to Wallace Elementary School or apply online here. Only completed applications will be considered for placement.


Children must have current immunizations or appropriate medical/personal exemption paperwork prior to starting preschool.


The schedule for Wallace Preschool Pups will follow the Wallace Elementary School calendar. Classes will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. (No preschool on Wednesday.) We will try to accommodate your preference for morning or afternoon session.


We have 36 spots for typically-developing children who are three to four years old at NO COST to families.

Wait List

We will keep a wait list for students throughout the year. Students that are not enrolled in the program will be added to our wait list. Any typically-developing peer spots vacated throughout the year will be filled by students on the wait list.

Transitional Kindergarten

transitional kinder

Classes Begin:
OCT 18, 2023

What is Transitional Kindergarten?
(Download printable flyer here)

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a pre-kindergarten program for children who will be four years old by August 31st and would benefit from additional preparation to be successful in kindergarten the following year.

Classrooms are staffed by certificated teachers and paraeducators who provide a curriculum that offers a rich, varied set of experiences in learning environments that are developmentally appropriate and address the whole child.


TK children attend full day, five days a week, and have access to transportation, specialists, recess, lunch, and all aspects of the school day available to kindergarten students.

Eight Classes, Four Locations

With a total of seven TK classrooms, Kelso School District will provide 120 students the opportunity to participate in a high-quality early learning experience.

  • Barnes - for students in the boundary of Barnes, Rose Valley, and Carrolls

  • Butler Acres - for students in boundaries of Butler Acres

  • Lexington - for students in the boundary of Lexington

  • Wallace - for students in boundary of Wallace

How To Apply

To apply for TK, return a completed paper application to KSD District Office (601 Crawford Street), or apply online here.

Questions? Contact Becky Kent at becky.kent@kelsosd.org.