Originally Posted by Linda on the move
Really? Private schools are the opposite here -- many have later cut offs. The cut off for K and 1st is set by law -- no kid starts those grades early in public school. The private schools have far more leeway and are a way around the law for parents who feel their child should start early.
The law requires kids be 5 by Sept for K. The private school school my kids go to require the child be 5 by Dec. 31st. We have several very bright 4 1/2 year old Kindergarteners this year.
Originally Posted by Freeman
Yes, it must depend on where you are. I can't think of any private schools here that allow children to start K early. I can think of a few that moved their cutoff date up, though (one to June 1!) I'm not sure if they make exceptions or not. I never asked about early entry, since ds was already going to be "young for grade."
Yes, it depends on where you are!
We lived in two states over the past year.
State #1 Sept 15th cut-off date. Private schools had a Sept 1st cut-off, but the two we looked into would allow our Oct girls in K at 4 turning 5 if they 'tested' in. Public schools NO EXCEPTIONS to cut-off. All day K. Must be age 6 for 1st by Sept 15th as well. Private schools often accepted 'fall ' kiddos to help boost enrollment for kids that just missed the cut-off or for parents that did a year of private K then public K. Red-shirtiing was heavy in this area. Many if not all public K kids were at least 5.5 or 6 upon starting.
State #2 Dec 1st cut off. Private schools we looked into adhered to Sept 1st cut off, we looked into a bunch. Few if not any exceptions. Public is 1/2 day K and most privates were all day K. No cut-off age for 1st grade. Little red-shirting. 1/4 of classes were still 4 upon starting K (Sept- Dec 1 stBdays). Few kiddos were 6- mostly kiddos that did developmental K or were repeating K.
K not mandatory in either state. We did preschool in state #1 (could not afford private tuition for two) and then moved to state # 2 and placed kiddos in public 1st grade- skipping K. They were age appropriate for each location, but the way it worked out that we could choose for K or 1st in state #2 due to age for public. The two private schools we considered would have placed them in K.