Edmonds School District to Open Woodway Center for Kindergarten and Early Learning this Fall

Woodway Center

The Woodway Center is the new name for the school opening in September 2021 to serve new kindergarten children who live within the boundaries of Sherwood Elementary and Westgate Elementary Schools in Edmonds.

Located in southeast Edmonds, the center will open in the old Woodway Elementary School building. It will be the new home of:

  • Kindergarten (eight classes planned)
    Serves kindergartens in the Elementary Boundaries of Sherwood and Westgate. Sherwood and Westgate will now have students in grades one through six on campus.
  • Kindergarten developmental (one classroom)
    Used for kindergarten children with disabilities, which may include deficits in language, cognition, social / emotional skills, speech and / or motor skills.
  • Preschool development (two classrooms)
    Welcomes children aged 3 to 5 with disabilities. This is a federally funded early learning program.
  • ECEAP (two classrooms)
    The Early Childhood Education and Support Program (ECEAP) is a state-funded early learning program for children aged 3 and 4 whose families are eligible for income.

The school day will run from 9:20 am to 3:50 pm There will also be before / after school programming managed by the YMCA.

Darcy Becker, district preschool learning program manager, will oversee the Woodway Center.

Why the Woodway Center? In February 2021, the District Capacity Advisory Committee (made up of parents, teachers, principals, the president of the Edmonds Education Association and district office staff) voted to recommend the district to move from the front with a kindergarten campus to tackle overcrowding at Sherwood and Westgate elementary schools. The district has also decided to make the Woodway Center a home for other early learning programs.

The district said it will ensure the Woodway Center builds on the classroom environments created at Sherwood and Westgate, with game-based and project-based learning.

The neighborhood also promises a building-wide culture that focuses on the needs, interests and developmental stages of kindergartens. This includes assemblies, outdoor spaces and equipment, materials and schedule, school-wide events, and before and after school care.

The addition of preschool classrooms at the Woodway Center, the district said, will mean young children will be served close to their homes, provide access to more peers their age, and better meet the needs of children. specific learning for young children. And he said the additional space at the Woodway Center would ease capacity constraints at other elementary schools in the district as well.

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