Administrative Guideline - 4112 Kindergarten/First Grade Entrance and Appeal Procedure

Each child of legal settlement shall be eligible for kindergarten providing that s/he has attained the age of five (5) on or before August 1st of the enrolling year as specified in IC 20-33-2-7.

In accordance with State law, an appeal process is available to any parent/guardian who wishes to enroll their child in kindergarten even though s/he does not meet this age requirement.

The appeal process automatically grants eligibility for early entrance to kindergarten to any child who will be five (5) years of age by September 1st of the enrolling year as verified by an official birth certificate. A child who transfers into the Corporation, is five (5) years of age, or has otherwise met eligibility requirements in another state is entitled to continuation of services in kindergarten if s/he has attended an accredited public or private kindergarten program for a minimum of twelve (12) weeks in that state immediately prior to enrollment in the Corporation.

The Superintendent shall determine the appropriate placement of a student who has not attended kindergarten and is entering school for the first time under the compulsory education requirement set forth in IC 20-33-2-6.

Any child who has attained the age of six (6) on or before September 1st of the enrolling year as verified by an official birth certificate is eligible for first grade.

A child who transfers into the Corporation, is six (6) years of age, or has otherwise met eligibility requirements in another state is entitled to continuation of services in first grade if s/he has attended an accredited public or private first grade program in that state for a minimum of twelve (12) weeks immediately prior to enrollment in the Corporation.

Based upon data collected through the Corporation’s standard assessments, initial placement may be changed during the school year to best meet the student’s needs and maximize academic growth.