Early Admission to Kindergarten

State Board Policy

State Standards for Early Admission to Kindergarten

Policy ID Number: GCS-J-001

Administrative Procedures Act Reference Number and Category: 16 NCAC 6E.0105

The 1997 General Assembly passed legislation allowing a child who has reached his/her fourth birthday by April 16 to enter kindergarten if he or she demonstrates an extraordinary level of academic ability and maturity. In determining eligibility, the principal shall convene a committee of educational professionals who will assist him/her in making decisions about each individual child.

For your four-year-old child to be admitted into kindergarten as an academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) student, your child must meet the following Admission Criteria:

1.   Your child must have reached his/her fourth birthday by April 16, 2015.

2.   You must have had the child tested (at your own expense) by a licensed psychologist both for aptitude (intelligence) and for achievement in reading and/or mathematics. (A member of the psychologist’s staff may administer the achievement tests.) This testing must occur after April 16, 2015.

3.   The child must score at the 98th or 99th percentile on the aptitude test AND at the 98th or 99th percentile on either the reading or mathematics achievement test.

4.   You must submit a completed application to the school principal no later than 3:00 p.m. on the appropriate date for your school: August 18, 2015 (Year-Round Calendar) or September 22, 2015 (Traditional Calendar).  You are encouraged to submit the application before the first day of school (July 20, 2015 year-round and August 24, 2015 traditional) so that, if eligible, your child may begin school with other Kindergarteners.

5.   Both you and your child must be interviewed by school staff members.

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Elizabeth Cross,
Jul 1, 2015, 6:56 PM
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