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Policy: JEB
Entrance Age

A pupil may enter kindergarten if her/his chronological age will be five (5) years old on or before September 30 of the school year for which the child is enrolling.

A pupil may enter first grade if her/his chronological age will be six (6) before September 30 of the year for which the child is enrolling.

A birth certificate must be presented upon registration as proof of the date of birth. Provisions will be made for refugee children and exceptional circumstances, whereby other reasonable proof of birth is accepted.

Parents or guardians requesting an earlier entry than permitted above will make their request in writing, giving the reasons for their request. A parent/guardian may submit additional data, including testing, observations, and recommendations from pre-school or kindergarten teachers, which support their request for early entry.

A team of professionals, including the Principal, relevant classroom teacher(s), and the Elementary Guidance Counselor will review the parent/guardian request and any data and will come to one of three conclusions: 1) that the child is eligible, 2) that the child is not eligible, or 3) that there is a need for more appropriate data/assessment.

If additional assessment is required, the school will assess the child’s school readiness (with the parent or guardian’s written permission), using whatever assessments the professional team deems appropriate and make a final decision based upon the data. The Principal and other representatives of the professional team will meet with the parents/guardians to inform them of the decision. The decision may be appealed to the Superintendent or his/her designee.

ADOPTED: 8 June 1989
REVISED: 25 May 2000
REVISED: 26 April 2007