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Early Entrance

Early Entrance for Kindergarten and First Grade

The early entrance process is designed to provide an opportunity for children who do not meet the August 31 cut-off age as mandated by the state of Washington, but are academically ready and advanced, to enter kindergarten or first grade early. These children must also demonstrate advanced characteristics socially, emotionally, and in their thinking skills. All of these factors demonstrate readiness for the elementary classroom environment.

2023-2024 Kindergarten Early Entrance

Families who are seeking early entrance for their child that will be turning 5 between September 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023 will need to complete the 2023-2024 early entrance application (which will be available online in mid to late February). Children will be screened by a district team in early June and children who qualify for an early entrance exemption will be granted 25-day conditional early entrance to kindergarten. All early entrance exemptions are reviewed during the 25-day conditional period by the child’s school team. 

2023-2024 First Grade Early Entrance

Scenario 1: If you have a child who will turn 6 years of age after September 1, 2023, and they have been enrolled in a kindergarten program accredited* through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) then you will need to complete 23-24 Kindergarten Private School form (coming to this webpage in mid to late February). The form must be completed by the school and returned to Edmonds School District by July 31, 2024 for approval.

*If the school is not on the list of OSPI accredited schools, please list the teacher’s Washington State teaching certificate number on the 23-24 Kindergarten Private School form.

Scenario 2: Families who are seeking early entrance to first grade for their child who will be turning 6 between September 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 but have not attended a kindergarten program can apply to have their child screened by a district team in early June.  Students who qualify for an early entrance exemption will be granted 25-day conditional early entrance to first grade.   

All early entrance exemptions to first grade are also reviewed during the 25-day conditional period by the child’s school team.

Application for the 2023-24 early entrance exemption for first grade will be available in mid to late February.

Early Entrance Details

Contact Information:

Early Entrance at 425.431.7344
earlyentrance@edmonds.wednet.edu