• Early Entrance

  • School District U-46 follows Illinois law which specifies that a child must be five years old on or before September 1st of their kindergarten year or six years old on or before September 1st of their first grade year in order to be age eligible for enrollment.  The District provides an opportunity for early entrance to kindergarten and first grade under provisions of the Accelerated Placement Act.  Early entrance to kindergarten and first grade can be considered for children who are intellectually advanced and whose potential and skills are within the very superior range when compared with their peers.

     

    The decision for a child to enter school early can have a significant impact on a child’s academic and social performance throughout his or her school career and therefore should be considered very carefully.  Although significant, academic readiness is only one factor that should be considered.  Other factors to consider include:

    • physical maturation and social-emotional development during elementary, middle and high school years when compared to grade level students.
    • the attainment of societal milestones such as driving and college entrance.
    • participation in sports and other activities with older students.

    These factors should all be weighed by parents or guardians when evaluating whether early entrance might be appropriate for their child.

     

    Parents seeking early entrance for their child should complete the U-46 Early Entrance Interest Form.  Additional information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document.

  • Applications for Early Entrance are closed for the School Year 2019 - 2020.  The application will be re-open on February 1, 2020 for the School Year 2020 - 2021.

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  • Kindergarten

    The parent/guardian provides the child’s birth certificate verifying that the child’s 5th birthday is on or before December 31st of the year of enrollment.

    The child must score in the very superior range of intelligence on administered assessments.

    The child must demonstrate above average visual-motor skills.

    The child must demonstrate above average social-emotional development as determined by interview, parent questionnaire, observation, and/or professional judgment.

  • First Grade

    The parent/guardian provides the child’s birth certificate verifying that the child’s 6th birthday is on or before December 31st of the year of enrollment.

    The parent provides proof that the child attended a non-public preschool, continued his or her education at that school through kindergarten, and was taught in kindergarten by an appropriately certified teacher.

    The child must score in the very superior range of intelligence on administered assessments.

    The child must demonstrate above average visual-motor skills.

    The child must demonstrate above average social-emotional development as determined by interview, parent questionnaire, observation, and/or professional judgment.

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