Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade

Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade

About Early Entrance

A unique type of whole-grade acceleration is early entrance to school (i.e., Kindergarten or first grade). When considering early entrance into kindergarten or first grade, keep in mind it is a process designed to meet the academic and social needs of the child. Students accepted into Kindergarten or 1st grade early are placed in a class where peers could be up to two years older.

Early entrance is considered when guardians request that their child be enrolled in Kindergarten or 1st grade at the start of the upcoming school year even though the child is not yet five years old (Kindergarten)/six years old (1st grade) on or before September 1.
 

Criteria for Early Entrance to Kindergarten

  • The child’s fifth birthday falls between September 2, 20XX and December 31, 20XX
  • Child attended a preschool taught by a certified early childhood teacher
  • Child attends initial Kindergarten screening hosted at Washington Elementary School (scores in each assessed area fall within the average range when compared to other incoming Kindergarteners)
  • If eligible, child is screened for school readiness
  • If eligible, both guardian and current preschool teacher complete questionnaires to return to Cindy Sementa, Student Services Coordinator.
     

Criteria for Early Entrance to First Grade

  • The child’s sixth birthday falls between September 2, 20xx and December 31, 20xx
  • Child attends a full-day preschool/kindergarten program
  • Child is screened for school readiness
  • If eligible, both guardian and current preschool/kindergarten teacher complete questions to return to Cindy Sementa, Student Services Coordinator.
     

Timeline

  • End of February: Application Window Opens
  • April 15th: Parent Application Due
  • Late April: Initial Early Entrance Kindergarten Screenings
  • May: Early Entrance School Readiness Screenings; Questionnaires sent to teacher and parent to complete and return
  • June: Final placement decision shared with family
     

LINK TO COMPLETE EARLY ENTRANCE APPLICATION