7:050-E3 Early Entrance for Kindergarten Parent Information

According to Board of Education policy 7:50, the district recognizes that there are some children whose fifth birthday occurs after the September 1 cutoff that exhibit kindergarten readiness. Any student who turns five between September 2 and December 31, and whose parent believes is ready for kindergarten, will be allowed to petition for early admission.

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

  • To evaluate your child’s readiness for kindergarten, we will ask that you bring your child to your elementary school to be assessed. The assessment will evaluate your child in the following areas:
  • Oral Language
  • Reading Readiness
  • Math Readiness
  • Visual and Auditory Memory
  • Fine and Gross Motor
  • Social Maturity

If your child attends preschool, 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 preschool teacher. We ask that you provide a fee of $50 to cover the cost of this observation.

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