Early Entrance Guidelines
Early Entrance into Kindergarten & First Grade

District 70 follows Illinois School Code, which specifies that to enter kindergarten, children must be five years of age by September 1 of their kindergarten year and six years of age by September 1 of their first-grade year. Occasionally, exceptions to both of these policies may be made when appropriate.

District 70 has specific criteria and procedures for considering early entrance requests. The decision for a child to enter school early can have a profound effect on his or her academic and social performance for the remainder of the child’s school career. It is a decision that needs to be taken very seriously.

Because District 70 takes the decision for a child to enter school early very seriously, the criteria for early entry are very thorough. The goal is to ensure that children are not frustrated by the challenges of the instructional programs and the effect that early placement might have.

 

Criteria for Eligibility:

Kindergarten

  1. Completed -  D70 Early Entry Request Form

  2. Verified - The child’s fifth birthday falls between September 2 and December 1st, as documented by a certified copy of the birth certificate.

  3. Assessed - The child demonstrates attention, gross and fine motor skills, cooperative play, and expressive and receptive language skills in the average to above average range based on the Kindergarten Readiness Survey and D70 Kindergarten Placement Screenings.

Process

  1. Between March 1 and May 1, parents contact the principal of the school the child will attend to discuss the child’s early entrance potential.
  2. Following this discussion, if parents wish to continue this process they will be given the necessary informational forms to complete
    1. D70 Early Entry Request Form
    2. Kindergarten Readiness Survey - to be completed by the child’s preschool.
  3. Parents return the completed forms along with a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate to the principal by June 1.
  4. After the school’s kindergarten orientation, parents schedule with the school a D70 Kindergarten Placement Screening.
  5. Upon completion of the above, parents will be invited to a feedback conference.  Members of the early entrance team and the principal will review information gathered through  the survey and child’s performance during the screening. The team will then make a placement decision.
    1. The decision about early entrance eligibility will be made by the early entrance team.  This decision is final.
    2. If Early Entry is appropriate, parents will work with registrar to begin registration process.
  6. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Children who are accepted for early entrance will be enrolled on a probationary basis.  The school staff will assess each child’s initial adjustment during the first twenty-five school days.  If a child’s adjustment is not satisfactory, the principal will request that the child enroll when the child meets the state’s enrollment age requirement for the appropriate grade level.  If it is determined that the child’s adjustment is satisfactory, the child may continue enrollment in the early entrance program.

First Grade

  1. Completed - D70 Early Entry Request From

  2. Verified  - The child’s sixth birthday falls between September 2 and December 1st, as documented by a certified copy of the birth certificate.  The child has attended preschool and has successfully completed education through kindergarten and was taught by an appropriately certified teacher.

  3. Assessed  - First Grade Readiness Survey completed by the kindergarten program the child is attending and evaluated using the D70 Early First Grade Placement Screening.

Process

  1. Between March 1 and May 1, parents contact the principal of the school the child will attend to discuss the child’s early entrance potential.

  2. Following this discussion, if parents wish to continue this process they will be given the necessary informational forms to complete

  3. Parents return the completed forms along with a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate to the principal by June 1.

  4. After forms have been returned, parents schedule with the school a D70 Early First Grade Placement Screening.  

  5. Upon completion of the above, parents will be invited to a feedback conference.  Members of the early entrance team and the principal will provide information regarding the survey and child’s performance during the screening. The team will then make a placement decision.

    • The decision about early entrance eligibility will be made by the early entrance team.  This decision is final.

    • If Early Entry is appropriate, parents will work with registrar to begin registration process.

  6. Children who are accepted for early entrance will be enrolled on a probationary basis.  The school staff will assess each child’s initial adjustment during the first twenty-five school days.  If a child’s adjustment is not satisfactory, the principal will request that the child enroll when the child meets the state’s enrollment age requirement for the appropriate grade level.  If it is determined that the child’s adjustment is satisfactory, the child may continue enrollment in the early entrance program.

Updated 4-16-2019 9:01 AM
D70 Early Entrance Request Form

Following discussion with building principal regarding early entrance, parents who wish to continue this process can download, print, complete this form and submit to principal to begin process. 

Updated 4-15-2019 1:13 PM
Kindergarten Readiness Survey

Kindergarten Readiness Survey will be completed by the child's current preschool to determine eligibility for Early Entrance Kindergarten.

Updated 4-15-2019 1:21 PM
First Grade Readiness Survey
First Grade Readiness Survey is to be completed by the child’s current kindergarten program to determine eligibility for Early Entrance First Grade.
Updated 4-15-2019 1:21 PM