550: Entrance Ages

Minnesota Statute 120A.20 requires children to be at least five years of age on September 1 of the school year for which the pupil seeks admission in order to be admitted to kindergarten, but permits school boards to establish a policy for admission of selected pupils at an earlier age.

Recognizing that a limited number of underage children may be ready for or benefit from early school entry, families shall have opportunity to request consideration for entry into or referral to kindergarten children who will turn five before November 1 of the kindergarten year. Since decisions for early entry should be made only after careful deliberation, parents of children who will turn five between September 1 and before November 1 of the kindergarten year must participate in a District-sponsored parent-education/information session in order for their children to be considered for kindergarten entrance. This meeting, which shall be well-publicized and conducted on a timely and convenient schedule, will present information designed to help parents/guardians and Hopkins School District staff to reach decisions about the state of kindergarten readiness of children who are less than five years of age by September 1. Candidates for early entrance to kindergarten must also have completed Pre-School screening and share the results of the screening with the school early entrance review team. An early entrance review team at the school building of attendance shall assist parents/guardians in making this important decision.

In no case will children be admitted to kindergarten later than 10 days after the official start of the school year.

M.S. 120A.20 requires children to be at least six years of age on September 1 of the school year for which they seek admission, or to have completed kindergarten, in order to be admitted to first grade. Admission of children to other grades shall involve a consideration of chronological age, previous school history, and apparent readiness to meet the expectations of those grades.

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