Early Entrance to Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Kindergarten

  • Early entrance to Kindergarten is the admission to Kindergarten of a student who: (a) will not be five years of age on or before September 1 of that school term; or (b) is admitted prior to the dates established in school code based upon an assessment of his or her readiness to attend school. This unique type of whole-grade acceleration may be an excellent option for some children.

    Early entrance to kindergarten may be considered for a child who is a resident of District 109.

      • Requests should be directed to Mrs. Amy Rubin, Director for Learning & Growth at arubin@dps109.org.
      • Parents will be asked to provide two documents for proof of residency (options listed below) and their child’s birth certificate:
        • One (1) from this list:
          • Property Tax Bill
          • Warranty Deed
          • Signed Lease with Proof of payment
        • Two (2) from this list:
          • Drivers lL License
          • License plate registration
          • Voter registration
          • Auto insurance card/statement
          • Gas, Electric or Water utility bill (no cable or phone bills)
          • Child’s Original Birth Certificate (a copy will be made and the original returned to you)
      • Parents will be asked to submit the current preschool progress report(s).
      • Children will be assessed in reading and math using district assessments including the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) for Primary Grades and need to score in the 90th percentile or above in both reading and math to qualify for Early Entrance to Kindergarten.
      • Decisions regarding eligibility for Early Entrance to Kindergarten will be made by a team consisting of a district administrator, the school principal, and a school psychologist.

1st Grade

  • Early entrance to first grade is the admission to first grade of a student who: (a) is assessed for readiness, attended a non-public preschool and continued his or her education at that school through kindergarten, was taught in kindergarten by an appropriately certified teacher, and will attain the age of six years on or before December 31; or (b) is admitted prior to the dates established in the School Code based upon an assessment of his or her readiness to attend school.

    Early entrance to First Grade may be considered for a child who is a resident of District 109.

      • Requests should be directed to Mrs. Amy Rubin, Director for Learning & Growth at arubin@dps109.org.
      • Parents will be asked to provide two documents for proof of residency (options listed below) and their child’s birth certificate:
        • One (1) from this list:
          • Property Tax Bill
          • Warranty Deed
          • Signed Lease with Proof of payment
        • Two (2) from this list:
          • Drivers lL License
          • License plate registration
          • Voter registration
          • Auto insurance card/statement
          • Gas, Electric or Water utility bill (no cable or phone bills)
          • Child’s Original Birth Certificate(a copy will be made and the original returned to you)
      • Parents must submit the current kindergarten progress reports from the school.
      • Children who will be assessed in reading and math using district assessments including the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) for Primary Grades and need to score in the 90th percentile or above in both reading and math to qualify for Early Entrance to First Grade.
      • Decisions regarding eligibility for Early Entrance to First Grade will be made by a team consisting of a district administrator, the school principal and a school psychologist.
  • The decision for a child to enter school early can have a profound effect on the child’s academic and social performance for the remainder of his/her school career. It is a decision that needs to be taken seriously. Early school experiences shape self-confidence and can influence children for the rest of their lives.

    Click here to read directly from the Board Policy Manual online (Reference 6:135 Accelerated Placement Program)