Early Admission to Kindergarten
Children who are not yet 5 years old on or before September 1 may be considered for early entrance into kindergarten. Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.02, allows for school districts to permit selected children for early admission into kindergarten if there is an early admission policy established by the school board.
School districts that have adopted an early entrance policy need a comprehensive evaluation procedure to help determine the child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development and the child's ability to meet kindergarten grade expectations and progress to first grade the following year. The comprehensive evaluation for early entrance into kindergarten must:
- Use valid and reliable instrumentation
- Be aligned with state kindergarten expectations
- Include a parent report and teacher observations of the child's knowledge, skills and abilities
District 110 minimum requirements for early admission to Kindergarten:
- Children considered for early admission to Kindergarten need to be turning 5 years of age no later than October 15.
- The student must score within a range of 115-130+ on the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-Third Edition (WPPSI-III).
- The student must demonstrate advanced academic readiness and social-emotional development as compared to peers.
- The student may not be considered for early admission if it would result in joining an older sibling in the next grade.