Early Access to Kindergarten and First Grade
Recent legislation has allowed school districts to offer “highly advanced gifted children” the option of early entrance to kindergarten or first grade. A child must be four on or before the first day of school to be an eligible candidate for Early Access to kindergarten, or five years of age to be eligible for Early Access to first grade.
Highly advanced gifted children may show exceptional academic achievement, reasoning ability, performance and motivation compared to other children. They are highly precocious and ready for school. This option is not recommended for the majority of children. Detailed screening and criteria are used to determine school readiness.
Why are some students now allowed to enter school early?
Who can enter school early?
- Have highly advanced skills in literacy and numeracy
- Have appropriate social readiness
- Have exhausted the resources of preschool due to their extensive cognitive abilities
- Parent Informational Fact Sheet
- Hoja Informativa para Padres
How do I know if my child would be a good candidate?
We have several levels of screening to determine if a child would be a good candidate for early enrollment.
First, speak with your child’s preschool teacher or other adults to find out if they feel your child would meet the rigorous criteria
- Caracteristicas que presentan los niños de cuatro y cinco años dotatdos altamante avanzados
- Characteristics of highly advanced gifted 4 and 5 year old children
Second, contact the Gifted Services Department at (303) 702-7808 to complete a brief interview and pick up a screening portfolio packet. This packet explains the procedure, as well as the information you will need to collect.