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Old 05-30-2007, 10:44 AM
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For Kindergarten? Our child will be five, one month after the cut-off date of Oct. 16 for enrollment into Kindergarten.

Private school is not an option.

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Old 05-30-2007, 11:01 AM
 
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In Pennyslvania, a child can attend a private kindergarten if they are too young. If they pass, they will be allowed into the public first grade.
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Old 05-30-2007, 11:12 AM
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I read the following at the NC State Board of Education Web site, concerning private-to-public school enrollment: "The child will presumably be eligible the next year for enrollment in public schools at the initial point of entry, kindergarten. The decision as to his assignment to a grade level other than kindergarten is still the responsibility of the principal."

The rest of the page indicates an airtight age minimum. I'm just wondering if there's any avenue of appeal.

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Old 05-30-2007, 11:13 AM
 
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Do you mean that you want your child to start KG in the fall even though they miss the cutoff?
I don't think you can bypass that. WCPSS tends to stick to the rules, but I guess if you could make a really case, you could try it. The worst they can say is No.
There are transitional KG programs around here that they can attend though, usually run through private preschools (not really "private" schools)
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Old 05-30-2007, 11:21 AM
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Do you mean that you want your child to start KG in the fall even though they miss the cutoff?
Yes.

If not, no big deal. Are the transitional KGs all day, or half day?

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Old 05-30-2007, 11:25 AM
 
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Usually half day.
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Old 05-30-2007, 11:39 AM
 
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According to the Wake County School website:

In order to attend kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before Oct. 16 of the current school year. In accordance with state law, gifted children who are age 4 by April 16 also will be considered for admission. For specific admission guidelines, call 850-1854.

I think they have to take a gifted test or something. I'll be in the same boat, with all my girls' bdays in December and January. Part of me thinks I should wait but if I were in your situation I'd definitely petition. Here's the link to their site:

WCPSS: Kindergarten/First-Grade Registration

ETA: Also, if you were to enroll your child at a daycare center like Bright Horizons they definitely offer full-day kindergarten.

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Old 05-30-2007, 11:40 AM
 
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You can bypass that in Chapel Hill, although it would have to be for an exceptional child. There is a girl in my daughter's kindergarten who was not turning 5 until the APRIL after school started, so she was only 4.5 when she started. She is truly a gifted child though (not gifted in the "my child gets gifted services"--which mainly means smart, not gifted--way. This child was out of the ballpark). So I know it can be done, as I know this little girl. But...this child had a very compelling reason to attend early--she is amazing academically at her age.

If it were just b/c the child is regular-smart, and misses the cutoff, no, I don't think there would be an exception. Also, she'd by far be the youngest in the class. Lots of parents have started keeping their kids who were born in Oct,Sept,sometimes even Aug. and July back a year (which I totally disagree with unless there is an equally compelling reason to start late as there needs to be to start early...but that's another subject!).
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Old 05-30-2007, 12:12 PM
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Okay, those are helpful replies. Thanks!

Yeah, lots of folks out here in CA are holding their kids back. "Hi, my son is 17 and he'd like to start Kindergarten."

Also, our oldest is in the gifted program. It's all-day instruction in a gifted-only class. In Wake/Orange/Johnston/Durham, are the gifted programs all-day classes, or, are the children pulled into gifted classes for part of the day?

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Old 05-30-2007, 12:19 PM
 
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It depends on the school. In Wake COunty, some magnets have "AG basics" programs, which means that all of their core classes are AG.

Other schools without AG basics programs have pull out AG instruction for either math or language arts or both. This is how many elementary schools do it. I think it's 45 minutes a week (not enough, IMO).
Some other schools like my daughter's middle school (non magnet) have begun to group teams of students together based on academic results (testing, grades etc) even though there is no AG basics OR Pull out. These teams actually do get AG level work, even though it's not designated an AG basics class. You just have to do your homework and figure out which ones will work best for your child.
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