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Old 07-07-2008, 11:22 AM
 
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Hi

My kid is 4 yr old and I feel that he is good to go to kindergarten .. I am sure that public school don`t accept till he turns 5 .. But is there any private schools in dfw area where they accept kids of 4 yrs old to kindergarten ?

thanks
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:10 PM
 
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There are a few and you will have to test to get in. Once you get into the private school at an early age you will have to stay there for a few years to be able to transfer into a public school and not get held back. HOWEVER, if your interested in your child getting into any Gifted & Talented program they do stick by the state mandated ages when it comes to grade level. If you send your child to private kindergarten this year and you live in a district that has a G&T program they will have to redo kindergarten for the next year. I fought this battle myself (with myself not the school district) and debated on whether or not to go ahead and put my gifted child in private school. I held off and instead put her in a great preschool. She tested into the G&T program for kindergarten and has been in it ever since.

You have two options:
1. Start your child to school early at age 4 in kindergarten in a private school. Keep them there for a few years before shifting to public school so that they don't "lose a grade". They will always be a year younger than their peers. I was in this camp growing up and started college at 17 - when their friends turn 16 yours won't be driving for another good year and this might not be that fun for them. Fine for me but not for every child. Your child could just end up being the "average" student w/ "average" grades but a year younger.

2. Wait and put them in a private preschool program. Start them in kindergarten next year when they are 5. They could then be in a public school in a G&T program and the same age as their peers. They could excell in school in AP & honors courses.

I went with option number 2 for my child and am glad.
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:15 PM
 
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thanks a lot for this nice explaination
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:06 PM
 
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You might try Montessori where ages 3-5 are grouped together in a multi age class.
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:25 PM
 
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You might try Montessori where ages 3-5 are grouped together in a multi age class.
ANd often 3-6. My son starts a Montessori program in the fall, and it continues up through Kindergarten age...The kids work at their own pace, so if your child is gifted, then he does not have to spend time working on things he has already mastered (like what his age peers may be working on), but is challenged to move on tho more complex ideas/tasks. It is a great teaching philosophy...not for all children, but worth looking into to see if would be good for yours.
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