Q. Is there space in for the 2022-2023 school year?
A. Our Caterpillar and Butterfly classes have openings. If you are interested in having your child join a class, please email our Director.
Q. Will you have any tours for the 2022-2023 school year?
A. We have concluded our group tours but private tours are available for those looking for the 2022-2023 school year. Please email our Director to schedule a tour.
Q. I see you added a Playground Open House on February 5, 10:00am-12:00pm this year, what is that?
A: Due to our COVID protocols we only can offer inside tours to fully vaccinated adults. But we want our prospective students to come to Sunnybeam and play on our playground on February 5. There will be teachers and current parents there to answer questions. Vaccinated parents can join a 10am or 11am tour during this time too.
Q. Can I get my child on the 2023-2024 school year waitlist now?
A. No. We fill our classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Our general registration will open winter of 2023.
Q. What are the 2022-2023 registration eligibility requirements?
1. Children must be 3-years-old by August 31, 2022 and potty-trained to be eligible for the Caterpillar program (3’s program). Children must be 4-years-old by August 31, 2022 and potty-trained to be eligible for the Butterfly program (4-5’s program).
2. Health History and Enrollment Forms: In accordance with Washington State law, all children attending Sunnybeam must have received the medically verified required immunizations to attend preschool as recommended by the Washington State Department of Health. Sunnybeam follows the Mercer Island School District policy that requires parents and the child's physician to sign a claim of personal exemption if your child's immunizations are incomplete. Sunnybeam also requires that all health, release and enrollment forms be completed and returned to the school by the Friday before the first week of school.
Q. I went to Sunnybeam as a child. Is my child eligible for priority registration?
A. Yes, children of alumni may submit their registration form during priority registration.
Q. I heard this year students could only attend Sunnybeam for preschool. Will that continue in 2022-2023?
A. No, we are not continuing to ask families to only send their student to Sunnybeam for preschool. We understand families sometimes supplement with another school on their non-Sunnybeam days.
Q. Will you require the COVID-19 vaccine for your students?
A. Yes, it is our intention to require our students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as it's readily available for preschoolers.
Q. I noticed your class sizes were smaller this year. Will they be returning to your typical size in 2022-2023?
A. Yes, it is our intention to return to our typical sized classes: 22 Caterpillars and 24 Butterflies. So we will have more Butterfly spaces than usually available.
Q. What is the process for accepting children to Sunnybeam?
A. Sunnybeam preschool has a non-discrimination policy. Current Sunnybeam students, their siblings, and then children of alumni are given priority, in that order, followed by a first-come, first-served general registration.
Q: What is Sunnybeam's non-discrimination policy?
A. Sunnybeam School does not discriminate in admissions, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, or school administered programs on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a child with a disability.
Q. How do you conduct your registration?
A. Current students, their siblings, then children of alumni are given preference, in that order. Sunnybeam then opens up the remaining spaces for first-come, first-serve general registration. For the Butterfly class, the selection priority is similar, except that first priority is given to current Caterpillar students who apply to the Butterfly class.
Q. How can I turn in my completed registration form?
A. Our 2022-2023 general registration will open at 8:00am on Friday, February 11. We will be accepting registrations on a first come, first served basis.