A Parent’s Guide for Early Admission to Kindergarten for the 2022-23 School Year

  • A Parent’s Guide for Early Admission to Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 School Year  

    Is Early Entrance to Kindergarten the Best Choice for Your Child?


    Early entrance should be viewed as a means of meeting a child’s needs.  Early entrance to kindergarten is considered a whole grade acceleration and is intended for high-ability, academically talented students.  A child’s birth date does not indicate readiness for early entrance.  The key to determining whether or not early entrance is appropriate for a child is developmental readiness, both academically and socially. Even though a child may have strong ability, he/she may not be ready for a whole grade level acceleration. Social maturity, personal development, and motor development are important factors for a child’s success in school, particularly kindergarten and first grade.

    Early entrance is designed for the exceptional child who is both academically talented as well as developmentally mature when compared to others his or her chronological age. Some considerations when determining if early entrance is right for a child:

     Is my child capable of working in a classroom setting with children who are one to two years older?

    • Will my child be frustrated by this placement?
    • What are the possible long-term impacts for my child as he/she progresses through elementary, middle and high school?
    • Early entrance is not designed as a replacement for child care. Is this a need or a want?
    • Do I understand the expectations for students with regard to early learning within Ohio? (See Ohio Department of Education)
    • http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning
    • What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood
    • https://www.edutopia.org/article/whats-lost-when-we-rush-kids-through-childhood
    • There is a difference between ability and achievement. Some children may appear exceptional simply because of their access to opportunities (e.g., preschool programs, parents working with them on skills, or access to learning materials).

    Early entrance is designed for the child who not only has high ability but easily achieves when presented new material.

    Once the decision has been made for early entrance, the choice is difficult to reverse. If a child is evaluated as a good candidate for early entrance to kindergarten, it is important that all stakeholders are supportive of the decision.

     What to look for in the areas of ability, achievement, aptitude, behavior?

     My child seems advanced beyond other children his/her age in these ways:

    • Reads and understands text in picture books or chapter books.
    • Is writing full name, phrases, and sentences.
    • Is able to identify, write, and represent numeric values 0 – 20.
    • Problem solves math-related situations better than other children his/her age.
    • Is able to correctly solve math computation problems.
    • Understands the meaning and use of words better than other children his/her age.
    • Is curious about many things and asks questions often.
    • Is very good at working puzzles or solving problems.
    • Has a great sense of humor and understands jokes more than other children his/her age.
    • Has a good memory and remembers details of conversations or stories.
    • Is interested in difficult concepts such as time and space.
    • Concentrates on certain activities much longer than other children his/her age.


    Ohio Department of Education – Policy and Procedures for Early Entrance To Kindergarten


     Requesting Early Admission – State of Ohio

     Early Admission to Kindergarten

     A parent may request early admission to kindergarten if the child turns five years of age between October 1 and December 31, 2022.  Dublin City School’s shall determine entrance through standardized testing.

     A formal recommendation is necessary for early entrance to kindergarten if a student turns five after December 31, 2022.  The recommendation should be written by a professional educator or doctor who has worked with the child extensively.

     Acceleration - State of Ohio

    Early entrance to Kindergarten is typically addressed through gifted education. Early entrance falls under the State of Ohio’s Model Student Acceleration Policy. According to the Ohio Revised Code (3324.01), “gifted” means students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment and who are identified under Division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of Section 3324.03 of the Revised Code.

     A unique type of whole-grade acceleration is early entrance (i.e., kindergarten or first grade). For academically talented, high ability young children early entrance to school may be an excellent option.


    Dublin City Schools - District Procedure for Early Entrance KG


           1.  Age Eligibility

     A student must be age five (5) to enter kindergarten.  Compulsory school age is six (6).  However, if a child enters kindergarten at age 5, he or she is considered to be of compulsory school age. No district shall admit to the first grade a child who has not successfully completed kindergarten. The Dublin City School District considers a child eligible for entrance into “regular” kindergarten if he/she attains the age of five on or before September 30th of the year he/she applies for entrance.

           2.  Board of Education Adopted State of Ohio Policy

     The Dublin Board of Education adopted the State of Ohio’s Model Student Acceleration Policy for Advanced Learners:

     Children who are referred for evaluation for possible accelerated placement 60 or more days prior to the start of the school year shall be evaluated in advance of the start of the school year so that the child may be placed in the accelerated placement on the first day of school.

     Children who will not yet be the proper age for entrance to kindergarten by the first day of January of the school year for which admission is requested shall also be evaluated for possible early admittance if referred by an educator within the district, a pre-school educator who knows the child, or pediatrician or psychologist who knows the child.


    Expectations of Kindergarten Students


     1.  Introduction

     Kindergarten, like many other areas of education, has changed considerably. Today’s kindergarten students are engaged in a rigorous instructional program. In addition, Ohio’s new learning standards are more rigorous and extensive with respect to expectations of young student’s learning readiness.

     What are some important school and academic factors?

     My child:

    • Enjoys learning new information or skills;
    • Participates in community-sponsored activities such as sports, dance, gymnastics, library and museum programs;
    • Believes he/she is capable of succeeding at new tasks.
    • Has the ability to attend, or pay attention, for relatively long periods of instruction.
    • He/she can draw and trace basic shapes and cut with scissors.

     What are some important developmental factors?

     My child has the following developmental characteristics:

    • He/she has average fine and large motor coordination (i.e., holding a pencil, skipping);
    • He/she is able to use the computer to play games or find information.
    • He/she can use the bathroom without adult help.
    • He/she can button and zip up shirts and pants, tie or Velcro shoes and put on and take off his/her coat.
    • Has the ability to separate from the parent without being upset.

    What are some important interpersonal skills for entering school?

     My child:

    • Thoughtfully considers feedback and criticism and modifies behavior appropriately;
    • Often behaves in a way that is positive and effective;
    • Has good interpersonal skills with age-mates, as well as with both older and younger children and with adults;
    • Has excellent interpersonal relationships with adults in a teaching role.
    • Has the ability to follow routines.

    What are some important attitudes and supports necessary for success in school?

     My child is enthusiastic about going to kindergarten.

     As a parent, I understand that a child’s success in school depends on support provided at home. I am able to give my child additional support to help in his/her transition to a new setting with much higher academic demands than he/she encountered in preschool.


     2.  Ohio Department of Education Website

     Parents can easily access more information about Kindergarten at the Ohio Department of Education website.





    3.  Dublin City School District’s Kindergarten Program (traditional schedule Non-Covid 19)

     Kindergarten in the Dublin City School District is a half-day program. (AM Kindergarten is from 9:10-11:50 am. and PM Kindergarten is from 1:00-3:40 pm).


     Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

     To do well in school, children need to be supported and nurtured in all areas of development.

     It is also important that your child is physically, socially and emotionally ready for school. This checklist can help serve as your guide. But please remember, young children change so fast. If they cannot do something this week, you may see them do it a couple of

     Is your child ready for early entrance to kindergarten? Ask yourself these questions:

     Development area


    Applying for Early Entrance to Kindergarten January 2023


    • Upon review of the aforementioned information you believe that your child meets the criteria for consideration of early entrance screening, please access and complete our Google application form by visiting our web site: https://www.dublinschools.net/domain/955. Our Google form will be accessible November 7, 2022. This online application will be considered your formal registration for early entrance screening of your child.
    • Your completed Google form must be submitted to Dublin City Schools Gifted Services no later than noon, Thursday, December 1, 2022. The Google form will be inactive after that date and time.
    • For the 2022-23 academic year, the evaluations will be coordinated through Gifted Services. After you submit the Google form, a confirmation email will be sent to you. You will be asked via email to provide the following:


    The Evaluation Process


    How will my child be evaluated for early entrance to Kindergarten?

    • Screening of viable candidates will take place December 8, 2022, with results shared with parents via email or phone within seven days. Exact date, time and location of screening will be shared via email
    • Initial screening for early entrance will take approximately 60 minutes
    • If a student is recommended for second-round full-scale evaluation, that process will take approximately 2 ½ - 3 hours
    • For planning purposes parents are asked to be available the week of December 5
    • Because early entrance is considered a whole grade acceleration, high ability and academic achievement are vital for success when a child enters Kindergarten.
    • Students are screened with the Woodcock Johnson IV tests of cognitive abilities and achievement (brief and full-scale assessments). In some cases, an alternative test is selected from the list below.



    Timeline for Google form and Screening for Early Entrance to Kindergarten  Fall 2022


    Nov. 7-Dec. 1, 2022                 Early Entrance to kindergarten  –

                                                     Google Form available


    December 1, 2022 - noon        Deadline to submit Google form


    December 8, 2022                   Evaluations for early entrance


    Within 7 days of                       Notification of outcome of the evaluation

    screening                                 process





    Very few children qualify for early entrance to Kindergarten. Please make sure you proceed with childcare arrangements as a contingency.  If you are selecting a Preschool program, please understand that those programs routinely fill up quickly; we recommend you register your child for your selected daycare or preschool program.  If you are applying to early entrance to Kindergarten, you do not register or enroll your child as a Kindergarten student within Dublin City Schools.  If your child meets the criteria for early entrance to Kindergarten, the Gifted Services office will assist you with enrollment.