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Early Entrance to Kindergarten

Procedures for Early Entrance to Kindergarten

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide criteria and procedures for early entrance for students into South Washington County Schools. We recognize that early entrance student success is contingent on mature levels of social, emotional, and academic proficiency. The early entrance assessment is designed to select students who demonstrate superior development in all of these areas. Only a small number of students are recommended for early entrance to kindergarten. State law indicates, “No person shall be admitted to any public school (1) as a kindergarten pupil, unless the pupil is at least five years of age on September 1 of the calendar year in which the school year for which the pupil seeks admission commences… except that any school board may establish a policy for admission of selected pupils at an earlier age.” (Statute 120A.20 Admission to Public School)

Completed application materials must be received by May 28. Applications can be mailed directly to:

Eileen McElrath, Gifted Education Coordinator
7362 East Point Douglas Road
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Attn: Early Entrance Review Committee

Timeline for Early Entrance to Kindergarten


Procedures for Early Entrance to Kindergarten


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