POLICY 5111: EARLY ENTRANCE TO KINDERGARTEN ACCELERATION

Revised: March 14, 2022

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to set forth guidelines and procedures for early entrance to kindergarten.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

Admission to kindergarten in Westonka School District #277 is permitted for children whose fifth birthday occurs on or before September 1 of the academic year for which admission is sought. Children considered for early admission to kindergarten need to be five (5) years of age between September 1st and October 1st of the year they would enroll in Kindergarten.

III. PROCEDURES

The early entrance procedures will evaluate the cognitive, social, and emotional development of students who apply for early entrance to Kindergarten. The procedures are designed to ensure students who are admitted to Kindergarten under this policy are able to successfully meet Kindergarten grade level benchmarks and be successful academically, socially and emotionally in first grade. The comprehensive evaluation must use valid and reliable instrumentation, be aligned with state kindergarten expectations, and include a parental report and teacher observations of the child’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. The procedures must be sensitive to under-represented groups.

Any acceleration decision should be approached on a case-by-case basis with careful consideration of the child’s needs. The step-by-step process of determining if early entrance to kindergarten is an appropriate option is described in Administrative Regulation #5111.

Adopted: September 12, 1988