Kindergarten and First Grade Early Entrance Information
Washington Grade School District 52
303 Jackson Street, Washington, IL 61571 (309) 444-4182
Washington District 52 follows Illinois School Code, which specifies that children must be five years of age by September 1 to enter kindergarten, and six years of age by September 1 of their first grade year. The Accelerated Placement Act (Public Act 100-0421) requires school districts to have a process in place to allow early entrance into kindergarten and first grade, for students who meet criteria and demonstrate readiness. Sending a child to school early can have a profound effect on his or her school career. It is a decision that District 52 considers to be very serious, while keeping in mind the best interest of the child.
Parents who are interested in having their child screened for early entrance to Kindergarten must do the following by April 1:
After April 1, parents will be contacted to set up a screening for their child. Assessments utilized during the screening will include:
Data will be compiled from this initial screening. Parents will be contacted with results and a determination of whether additional screening is warranted. At this time, consent for these additional assessments will need to be granted.
Students who meet the mid-year achievement targets from the screening measures above will come back for a second round of screening. The second screening will include:
Both assessments will include nationally standardized norms and percentiles and will be administered by the school psychologist.
A feedback conference including the school administration and parents will be scheduled. Results of the screening will be reviewed and the team will make a decision about the advanced placement of the student. This decision is final.
District 52 Policies: