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Entrance Age

Background

An entrance age requirement for Kindergarten and Grade 1 assists schools in offering appropriate educational programming aimed at meeting their learning needs.  The Division recognizes that chronological age may not be the sole criteria for entrance into an educational program.

Procedures

  1. Kindergarten
    1. A child who will be five (5) years of age on or before December 31 of the current school year shall be eligible for entrance to the Kindergarten programs;
    2. Children who qualify under Program Unit Funding may enter Kindergarten at a younger age; and
    3. The Principal may grant an individual exception upon written request from the parents, provided that the child’s fifth birthday occurs before March 1.
    4. NOTE:  Residency requirements do not apply to kindergarten students.
  2. Grade 1
    1. A resident child who will be six (6) years of age on or before December 31 of the current school year shall be eligible for entrance to Grade 1; and
    2. The Principal may grant an individual exception upon written request from the parents, provided that the child’s sixth birthday occurs before March 1.
  3. A resident student who transfers from another jurisdiction, in either Kindergarten or Grade 1, shall be allowed to continue in the same grade placement.
  4. If parents insist on early entry for their child for either Kindergarten or Grade 1 (i.e. the child is born between January 1 and February 29), the following procedures will be followed:
    1. The Principal will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of early entry with the parents;
    2. The child will be tested on a standardized test (e.g. Brigance) to determine readiness;
    3. The parents must agree to a four (4)-week trial period in the class to determine ability to be successful or alternatively; and
    4. The parents must agree to a two (2)-year Kindergarten or Grade 1 program in those instances where the child does not experience success.

References:

Sections 3, 8, 13, 14, 15, 30, 44, 45, 60, 61, 113 School Act

Board Policy 2 Role of the Board

Board Policy 12 Role of the Superintendent

 

Revised July 2010