7:050-E1 – Early Entrance for First Grade Parent Information

According to Illinois State Law (District 101 School Board Policy), a student may enter first grade early if the following criteria have been met:

  • The student will be 6 years of age on or before December 31
  • The student was enrolled in preschool and continued kindergarten in the same school
  •  The student’s kindergarten teacher is a certified teacher
  •  The student displays readiness for first grade

To provide evidence of your child’s age, you will be asked to provide a copy of the birth certificate.

To provide evidence of preschool enrollment, kindergarten enrollment, and teacher certification, you will be asked to submit a form provided by our district and completed by your child’s school.

To evaluate your child’s readiness for first grade, we will ask that you bring your child to your elementary school to be assessed. We ask that you provide a fee of $50 to cover the cost of assessing your child. The assessment will evaluate your child in the following areas:

  • Reading
  • Math
  • Writing
  • Fine Motor
  • Social Maturity

We will also send one of our kindergarten teachers to your child’s school to observe him/her in academic and social settings. Our teacher will also interview your child’s kindergarten teacher.

A school team consisting of the principal, school psychologist, and kindergarten teacher will review the data collected and compare your child’s performance to state and local norms. We in District 101 believe that a child’s social readiness is just as important as academic readiness. Therefore, these two aspects will be weighted equally.

Once a determination has been made, the principal will contact you with the team’s decision.

Date Approved:   September 22, 2010