Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade
The Willmar Board of Education has adopted regulations permitting early admission to kindergarten and first grade of exceptionally mature children on the basis of a testing program. Children whose fifth birthday falls between September first and October 31 of this school year may be considered for early admission to kindergarten. Children whose sixth birthday falls between September first and October 31 of this school year may be considered for early admission to first grade. It is well, however, to keep in mind that these children may be competing in school with children who are fourteen months older than they. The school does not believe it is educationally sound to admit a child to school early unless he/she is physically, emotionally, and intellectually ready to work with more mature pupils.
If you feel that your child's total development is superior to most children of his/her age, and feel he/she can compete with older children, you may apply for early entrance. In general, children who are healthy and coordinated, emotionally mature, socially well-adjusted, and above average in intelligence may be considered. These children must speak plainly, express themselves well, and be socially outgoing to associate with older, more mature children.
If you feel that you child is exceptional, please complete the Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade Application Form (see link below) and return it to the Elementary Principal of the elementary school in your attendance area. Applications will be accepted (for a September entrance) during the months of May and June. Upon receipt of the attached application, the building principal will make arrangements with you for an assessment conference with the school psychologist. The child's birth certificate must be attached to this application. The school psychologist and building principal will determine whether or not the recommended applicants for early admission meet the following standards:
- Verbal and performance intelligence quotients at the superior level.
- A high level of competence in basic skills areas of spelling readiness, number concepts, and letter recognition.
- Social development at the six-year-old level.
- Evidence of good capacity to engage in precise, structured activity in a consistent and persistent manner.
- Good physical health and development.
At the conclusion of the assessment, a review conference will be scheduled with the parents by the building principal involved.
Verification of acceptance or rejection will be made in writing to the concerned parents. This decision must be accepted by the parents as final.
If your child is accepted for early kindergarten entrance, registration forms will be included in the correspondence sent to you regarding your child's enrollment. If you have any questions concerning this procedure, please feel free to contact your building principal or the Superintendent’s office.