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I was wondering if any of you happened to live in Utah and happened to know anything about getting kids enrolled in school early. My daughter will turn 5 on November 13th, but the cutoff for kindergarten is September 2nd. I feel like it would be terrible for her to make her wait until she was almost 6 to start. I know, I know. Every parent thinks their kid is a genius. I just feel very strongly that she is beyond ready and making her wait another year would be forever detrimental to her educational career. Are there any ways to "work the system?"
 

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Not in Utah (Texas), but I have a friend with a gifted 5 year old girl who turned 5 in Sept. and is in pre-k this year, but is checking into putting her into first grade next year and skipping K. Is that an option for you?
 

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In WA, at least, early enrollment is done on a district level.<br><br>
In our district, you could check out their policies on their website. Otherwise just give them a call and ask.<br><br>
In our district, testing for early admission is done in May and August. They only need to perform at at least a 5.0 (5 years, 0 months) level. Apparently that is most common in September and October birthdays (we have a 8/31 cutoff).<br><br>
There are many things to consider before doing early entrance, but I would really encourage you to contact your district ASAP. Our district actually has kinder registration tomorrow so you would want to get signed up soon.
 

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I second the suggestion to contact the school district asap. My dd is skipping a grade next year and the school was much happier to discuss it b/c it came up early in this school year, not at the end of the year. (This led them to feel less like it was a "last minute" whim of ours.)<br><br>
We had actually looked at starting early as well for my younger dd who has a late Sept. bd in CO where the district cut-off was 9/15. Fortunately, the cut-off was changed to 10/1 the year she started so we were able to enroll her anyway. What we found here was that, the only way we would have gotten her in "early" was to start her in a private school that would take her as a kindergartener and keep her there through 1st grade. They would then take her as a 2nd grader the next year. If we had tried to transfer back to public school after a year of private K, they would have made her repeat K.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Not in Utah (Texas), but I have a friend with a gifted 5 year old girl who turned 5 in Sept. and is in pre-k this year, but is checking into putting her into first grade next year and skipping K. Is that an option for you?</div>
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That's what I was going to suggest. They could probably test her next year around enrollment time and see where she stands academically. You could homeschool her for kindergarten in the home and tell the school she was homeschooled for kinder.
 

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Thanks, guys. I'll definitely call the school district on Monday! From what I've read, it is easier to skip a grade than to get in early, and we have looked into private school, but honestly don't have the money for it--my husband and I are both in school and we live off student loans. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to "finance" kindergarten, if you know what I mean.
 
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