Early Admission to Kindergarten or First Grade

Early admission is now closed for the 2019-20 school year.

According to the Illinois School Code, "Early entrance to kindergarten means the admission of a student to kindergarten who will not yet be 5 years old by September 1 of that school year."

Early entrance to first grade is "the admission of a student to first grade who will not yet be 6 years old by September 1 of that school year and who has not completed kindergarten. Students who are younger than 6 upon starting first grade but who were admitted early to kindergarten do not need to be reevaluated prior to admission to first grade," according to the Illinois School Code.

General Process for Early Kindergarten/First Grade Admission

  • Parent proves residency in District 97.
  • Parent submits a written request for early admission.
  • Parent completes the district's early admission application.
  • After the request is received, families must complete all required paperwork by May 1, 2019.
  • Families seeking evaluation after May 1 must enroll in an age-appropriate school program, and students will be considered in the first six weeks from the onset of that school year.

The school district will confirm request for consideration and notify parents or guardians outlining the procedures of evaluation. (The procedures for evaluation for acceleration are based on the research from the Iowa Exceleration Scale, 3rd Edition. The measures take into consideration various indicator that determine student readiness for acceleration.)