Thank you for your interest in Bezos Academy
To be eligible for our program, your child must be three or four years old by September 1, 2021. We ask families to make every effort to ensure their child is toilet trained by the first day of school. In addition, eligibility is determined by household income. A household is defined as all people (adult and children) who live in the same housing unit (house, apartment, condo etc.), whether they are related to each other or not. Household income is the total annual income from anyone in the household. To be eligible for Bezos Academy the student’s annual household income can be up to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Bezos Academy’s admissions process is designed to reserve half of the seats in each classroom for students of households that are up to 250% of the FPL.
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Applications and Lottery
Bezos Academy admits new students through a random lottery drawing. Preference in lotteries is given to children who are homeless or living in foster care, siblings of existing Bezos Academy students, children of income eligible Bezos Academy employees, and students transferring from another Bezos Academy location.
To submit an application for the 2021 lottery, please apply using the link below.
Children not selected during the lottery will be placed on the waitlist according to their number in the lottery process. Applications received after the lottery deadline will be placed on the waiting list. If a space becomes available, Bezos Academy will notify families immediately.
|Schools||Virtual Info Sessions||Application Submission Due Date for Lottery||Lottery Date||Notification Date||First Day of School|
Tacoma – McCarver
|June 9th at 12:00pm|
July 1st at 6pm
July 13th at 4pm
|August 10th at 11:59pm Pacific Time||August 11th||August 13th||Mid-October|
How will I know that you’ve received my application?
Depending on which preference you selected on your application, you will receive either an email or text message confirmation when your application is received.
How will I learn if my child receives a seat in the lottery or is waitlisted?
Bezos Academy will notify you by email or text message, based on what you provided on your application, within 48 hours of the lottery. You can also see the status of your application at any time by logging into your account at apply.bezosacademy.org.
Are seats awarded on a first-come-first-served basis?
No. Applications are open from May 18 until August 10. All applications received by 11:59pm on August 10 will be entered into a randomized lottery. The date that you submit your application will not affect your chances of gaining a seat. Applications received after August 10 will be added to the waitlist.
How long will I have to accept an offered spot at Bezos Academy if my child is selected in the lottery?
You have two weeks (14 days) to accept the seat by submitting your completed enrollment forms. Bezos Academy staff is available to assist you with completing your enrollment forms.
Once a child is enrolled, do they keep their seat the following school year?
Yes. Children keep their seat year-to-year until the student graduates from our program.
How do I contact Bezos Academy with other questions about the application and lottery process?
You can email email@example.com or call 1-833-560-2221 with questions. We can provide interpreters to assist families with completing their application. Our staff also host in-person application events in the community to help families complete their applications – see the timeline of events on the individual school pages.
Can families apply to multiple Bezos Academy locations?
Yes. Families may apply to multiple schools during a lottery cycle. We conduct separate lotteries for each school. If a family receives admission into more than one school during a lottery cycle, they will be notified of all acceptances, and will be given the choice of which school to enroll. Families will have two weeks to make their decision.
If I have more than one child, do I need to complete a separate application for each child?
Yes, you must submit a separate application for each child applying to attend a Bezos Academy. You may use one family account to submit applications for multiple children.
Do siblings get a spot in the school if one child is selected in the lottery?
Yes, if two siblings apply in one lottery then if one child receives admission during the lottery, their sibling is offered a seat if one is available. Bezos Academy considers siblings as any of the following who reside in the same household: full siblings, half siblings, step siblings, and children residing in a family foster home.
Is the Bezos Academy lottery application available in other languages?
Yes, the Bezos Academy application is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Filipino, Japanese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. Bezos Academy provides interpreters to assist families who speak additional languages with completing their application. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-833-560-2221 for interpreter assistance.
My child speaks a language other than English and does not speak English yet. Can they apply?
Yes. Bezos Academy supports English language learners.
Does Bezos Academy accept children with special needs?
Yes. Our policy is to accept students and provide reasonable modifications in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), its regulations, and any other applicable local, state, or federal laws pertaining to the provision of services to individuals with disabilities. Bezos Academy works with families to ensure we have the right program that fits your child’s learning needs. If Bezos Academy is not able to provide necessary services, then we are committed to working closely with families to ensure your child receives the services they require in the appropriate setting.
Does Bezos Academy enroll children that attend less than five days a week?
Bezos Academy provides a year-round education that is full day and five days a week. Bezos Academy expects students to attend the program five days a week from 9:00am-3:00pm. Participating in Morning or Evening Extended Day Learning is optional.
What are Bezos Academy school hours?
The typical hours of operation for Bezos Academy are 8:00am – 5:30pm Monday – Friday. The regular school day is from 9:00am – 3:30pm. Extended day is available to all children and families. The typical extended hours are 8:00am – 9:00am (Monday- Friday) and 3:30pm – 5:30pm (Monday-Thursday). Hours of operation may vary based on COVID policies.
Will my family be charged a fee for attending?
No. Bezos Academy is tuition-free, which means that the preschool is free of charge to eligible families.