Granby " E. Grand schools change standards for early kindergarten enrollment
February 24, 2009
If parents want to send their children to kindergarten before the age of 5, they now have to show their child is one year ahead of their chronological age.
Until last month, the East Grand School District had its own policy for early kindergarten admission. At the most recent Board of Education meeting, the board voted to adopt the state standards. The State of Colorado requires that all BOCES schools adopt the same age requirement procedures for kindergarten.
According to a the newly adopted policy, children in the East Grand School District may enter the kindergarten program if they are 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 of the year of enrollment. If they are younger, parents may petition for early admission.
The former policy stated that students must score in the 95th percentile, now they must score in the 98th percentile or better; one year ahead of the child’s chronological age.
Other criteria for early entrance includes an IQ of 135 or better on a full-scale standardized intelligence test and a strong desire by the child to enter kindergarten must be evident. The IQ test must be performed by a licensed psychologist.
March 1 is the deadline for parents to request testing of their child for early entrance. For students turning 4 or 5 by the start date of the upcoming school year, a written request for early entrance must be made to the superintendent or elementary school principal by March 1 of the preceding school year. Once the request is received, parents are given information about the process.
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Northwest Colorado BOCES documents also state that “early entrance student success is dependent on mature levels of social, emotional and academic proficiency, and is designed to select students who demonstrate superior development in all these areas.”