How To Apply

All children from Kindergarten through 5th grade living within the Lake Washington School District are eligible to apply to Discovery Community School.

Kindergarten through 5th Grade Admission


How Can We Learn More?

  • Attend DCS Information Night! Attendance is recommended for anyone applying to Discovery Community School (parents only please).

Enrollment Policy

  • DCS Enrollment Policy

Sibling Policy

  • DCS philosophy calls for the integration of family involvement into the child's school experience.
  • As a practical matter, the involvement of families with multiple elementary students is best supported when elementary-grade siblings are in the same school.
  • Thus, DCS enrollment policy provides preference in Kindergarten admission for the new school year to students who will attend DCS concurrently with a previously admitted sibling.


Admission to Kindergarten through 5th Grade openings will be determined by a lottery for eligible children who have completed the application requirements. Once all positions have been filled, remaining applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

Important Dates:

Choice School application timeline for 2023-24

  • November 1, 2023 – Online application opens at 9:00 a.m.
  • For families of students currently enrolled at LWSD, the application will be available in ParentSquare.
  • Private and homeschool families will be able to apply online here during the application window.
  • December 2, 2023 – Online application due by 11:59 p.m.
  • January 6, 2024 – Lottery held at district
  • January 13, 2024 – Notification to families
  • January 25, 2024 – Acceptance deadline

What if I miss the due dates?

  • Per LWSD policy, applications received after the deadline are not accepted.

Enrollment Questions?

  • Contact Alissa Osborne, DCS Office Manager
    Phone: 425-936-2704
    Fax: 425-823-3542

Discovery Community School
12801 84th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
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DCS Office Hours

  • Mon–Fri from 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

School Hours

  • M, T, Th, & F from 8:40 a.m.–3:10 p.m.
  • Wednesday from 8:40 a.m.–1:40 p.m.

What Parents Say About DCS

When we moved half way across the country, it was great to join DCS. We gained friends who helped us find our way around our new community. Families are really here for each other.

Jill C-F

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