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Old 02-21-2016, 06:06 AM
 
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Relocating to SLC area from Boston suburbs. We have four kids and we are doing our research on schools. In New England the number of boys who "redshirt kindergarten" is (in my opinion) way too high, and the practice is out of control. In my sons 3rd grade class in a wealthy suburb of Boston 1/2 the boys redshirted. Some of them were born in Septemebrr (grade cutoff is 9/1) and since my son is a late spring baby there are boys in his class that are nearly 2 years older than him. These are intelligent, socially developing children. IMHO It creates a weird dynamic to have wide age gaps in the class room.

What's the feeling about this practice in Utah? Does it happen a lot? Is it worse in some districts than others in the SLC area?

Appreciate the insight.
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Old 02-21-2016, 12:53 PM
 
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Relocating to SLC area from Boston suburbs. We have four kids and we are doing our research on schools. In New England the number of boys who "redshirt kindergarten" is (in my opinion) way too high, and the practice is out of control. In my sons 3rd grade class in a wealthy suburb of Boston 1/2 the boys redshirted. Some of them were born in September (grade cutoff is 9/1) and since my son is a late spring baby there are boys in his class that are nearly 2 years older than him. These are intelligent, socially developing children. IMHO It creates a weird dynamic to have wide age gaps in the class room.

What's the feeling about this practice in Utah? Does it happen a lot? Is it worse in some districts than others in the SLC area?

Appreciate the insight.
I've lived in the Salt Lake City area all my life and have never heard the term "redshirt kindergarten." To the best of my knowledge, though, all kindergarteners are roughly the same age. A parent could conceivable elect to have a very young child wait a year to start kindergarten, particularly if he was not "ready," but this seems to not be very common in this area. Kids born in the late summer could conceivably be in a class with kids born in the early fall of the prior year, but a 2-year range in ages from the youngest to the oldest would be pretty rare.
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Old 02-21-2016, 02:40 PM
 
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If the kids are all academically on the same level, I don't see too big of a deal. I have several friends whose kids have birthday in early September. He kids emotionally just were not quite ready it was not worth it for her to request an exemption.

No matter how you do it there will be some kids who are older and some younger because some kids have later birthdays and some may have their kids enter early.
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Old 02-21-2016, 03:49 PM
 
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I have a dd who was born on Sept 2. Although she was quite ready to go to K as she was turning 5, they would not allow her to attend until the following year. Hence, she was one of the oldest in her class save for the kids that were required to repeat a grade.

I couldn't tell you which kids were 5 or 6 when she started kindergarten. I really don't think it is that common of an issue.
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Old 03-14-2016, 02:46 PM
 
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It's not that common in my experience. I know a lot of school age kids, and only two instances of redshirting come to mind. One was a boy born in August, the other was a girl who had been a preemie. My youngest son, even being born in August and small for his age, will start kindergarten on time with all the other kids.
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