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Skokie School District 68 complies with Illinois law which specifies that, to enter kindergarten or first grade, children must be five years of age by September 1st of their kindergarten year, or six years of age, by September 1st of their first grade year (105 ILCS 5/34-19, Sec. 34-19). However, Public Act 100-0421 provides exceptions to this law for children whose potential and skills are in the very superior range when compared with their peers.
District 68 has identified early entrance to kindergarten and first grade as whole grade acceleration, appropriate for those students who are significantly intellectually and socially advanced. Whole grade acceleration occurs when a student is advanced into a higher grade for all subject areas. A student for whom this occurs has very advanced academic skills, and other reasonable enrichment opportunities have been attempted and judged by the school and district to be insufficient to meet the student’s needs. The decision to allow a student early entrance is solely at the discretion of the Strategy Development school team.
Early Entrance Requirements and Process