8135 R1 - Procedures for Kindergarten and First Grade Early Entrance

Adopted
6/1/81

Revised
5/17/82
5/2/83
7/18/83
7/12/94
4/4/97
9/7/04

11/21/07
2/9/10
10/2012
10/24/13
12/4/15 

KINDERGARTEN

1. An early entrance candidate for kindergarten is defined as a child whose fifth birthday falls between (and including) September 1 and December 31. Proof of age is required.

2. Parents may apply for permission to enter such child by contacting the district office who will advise them of the procedures.

3. Children who are candidates for early entrance must be screened in the following areas:

  • Mental ability
  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual discrimination
  • Auditory discrimination
  • Social/emotional development
  • School readiness

Children born between September 1 and October 31 must achieve success in all areas with a standard score of 115 or above. Children born between November 1 and December 31 must achieve success in all areas with a standard score of 120 and above.

4. An outside evaluation which meets the aforementioned requirements must be done by a Washington State licensed psychologist or Washington State certified psychologist. Families meeting the free and reduced meal requirements may apply for hardship. If eligible, testing will be provided by the district before August 15th.

5. Test results and applications for early entrance will not be considered after August 15th.

6. The teacher and principal will observe the child during a trial period of the first 25 days that the kindergarten class is in session. The principal will report to the parent on the child's adjustment and progress before the end of the trial period, and make a final determination in regard to continuation in school. The school may decide at any time during this trial period to remove the child from the kindergarten program.  If the school determines that kindergarten is not the appropriate placement for the child, the child must be removed from the classroom by the 26th school day.

7. If a child is denied early admission to school, an appeal of such denial is subject to the hearing process of the district.

8. A student shall be admitted to kindergarten if the student has been attending a public-school kindergarten or first grade while residing in a district other than Edmonds and thereafter transfers to the Edmonds School District during that school year.

FIRST GRADE

1. An early entrance candidate for first grade is defined as a child whose sixth birthday falls between (and including) September 1 and December 31. Proof of age is required.

2. Parents may apply for permission to enter such child by contacting the district office who will advise them of the procedures.

3. Children who are candidates for early entrance must be screened in the following areas:

  • Mental ability
  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual discrimination
  • Auditory discrimination
  • Social/emotional development
  • School readiness 

Children born between September 1 and October 31 must achieve success in all areas with a standard score of 115 or above. Children born between November 1 and December 31 must achieve success in all areas with a standard score of 120 and above.

4. An outside evaluation which meets the aforementioned requirements must be done by a Washington State licensed psychologist or Washington State certified psychologist. Families meeting the free and reduced meal requirements may apply for hardship. If eligible, testing will be provided by the district before August 15th.

5. Test results and applications for early entrance will not be considered  after August 15th.

6. An Edmonds School District psychologist in conjunction with the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education will review all outside evaluations and make a final determination for early entrance into first grade.

7. The teacher and principal will observe the child during a trial period of the first 25 days that the first grade class is in session. The principal will report to the parent on the child's adjustment and progress before the end of the trial period, and make a final determination in regard to continuation in first grade. The school may decide at any time during this trial period to remove the child from the first grade program.  If the school determines that first grade is not the appropriate placement for the child, the child must be moved to a kindergarten classroom by the 26th school day.

8. Any child not otherwise eligible for entry to first grade who successfully has completed a kindergarten program in a public or private school shall be permitted entry to the school program: provided that the kindergarten program standards substantially equaled or exceeded the applicable basic education program requirements. An Edmonds School District psychologist in conjunction with the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education will review the child's records from the private school and make a final determination for early entrance into first grade. 

9. If a child is denied early admission to first grade, an appeal of such denial is subject to the hearing process of the district.

 

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