Early Entrance Requests
CCSD21 follows Illinois law which specifies that, to enter kindergarten or first grade, children must be five years of age by September 1st of their kindergarten year or six years of age by September 1st of their first grade year. However, CCSD21 has an acceleration policy that addresses exceptions for children whose potential and skills are in the very superior range when compared with their peers.
CCSD21 has identified early entrance to kindergarten and first grade as full-grade acceleration, appropriate only for those students who demonstrate compelling evidence that they are intellectually and socially advanced. The decision to allow a student early entrance is solely at the discretion of the school district based on a comprehensive assessment conducted by the school district.
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. Academic readiness, academic potential, and social emotional maturity are all equally important considerations. Parents requesting Early Entrance should be aware that very few children screened meet the criteria to enter kindergarten or first grade early.
Criteria for Early Admission to Kindergarten
Children eligible for Early Entrance to Kindergarten must turn five years of age during the current school year.
Children eligible for Early Admission to Kindergarten must score at the 90th percentile or above in the areas of Motor, Concepts, Language, Self-Help and Social-Emotional Development on the DIAL-4 assessment.
|Month of Testing||90th percentile comparison age group for Motor, Concepts and Language*||90th percentile comparison age group for Self-Help Development and Social-Emotional Development**|
|May to September||5.0 (5 years, 0 months)||5.0 to 5.5 (5 years to 5 years, 5 months)|
|October||5.1 (5 years, 1 month)||5.0 to 5.5 (5 years to 5 years, 5 months)|
* Development of Motor, Concepts and Language are assessed through the administration of the DIAL-4 by the CCSD21 evaluation team.
** Self-Help and Social-Emotional Development are assessed through a Parent Questionnaire.
Criteria for Early Admission to First Grade
Children eligible for Early Entrance to First Grade must turn six years of age during the current school year.
Children eligible for Early Admission to First Grade must first meet specified criteria (outlined below) on academic achievement math and reading screeners. If the performance standards for academic achievement are met, they will then be administered and must meet specified criteria (outlined below) on an ability test (WPPSI-III), a visual-motor integration test (BEERY-VMI), and a social-emotional assessment.
Academic Achievement Screener
The child must demonstrate appropriate foundational reading skills by performing at the level expected at the end of Kindergarten on the DRA2/EDL2.
For children who meet math and reading expectations of the Academic Achievement Screener, the following assessment criteria must be met:
|Ability||The child must score in the very superior (≥ 130) range of intelligence as obtained by the WPPSI-III.|
|Visual-Motor Integration||The child must demonstrate above average visual-motor skills by attaining a score that is at least one standard deviation above the mean on the BEERY-VMI.|
|Social-Emotional Readiness||The child must perform at or above the 95th percentile for the 5.11 comparison age group on the DIAL-4 Social-Emotional component of the Parent Questionnaire.|
All screeners and assessments will be administered by the CCSD21 evaluation team.
Requesting Early Entrance
Parents/guardians wishing to apply for early entrance to kindergarten or first grade for their child must submit the Request for Early Entrance Form no later than May 15, 2021. Applications received after this date will be considered after the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Students will be placed with their age-appropriate peers until any further review and placement determination can be made.