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Old 12-04-2011, 02:25 PM
 
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Does anyone know the kindergarten cut off date (what day they need to turn 5 by) for Ardsley? Thanks!
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Bellevue, WA
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All of NY is 12/31. It's not a district by district thing.
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:38 PM
 
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Actually some districts to 12/1. But not Ardsley. It's 12/31 for them.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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Other districts it's even 9/1. It's not a state thing, it is district by district.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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Thanks everyone! Our son was born on 11/17. He's also a small guy (20% weight, 50% height) but very smart. I have to make the decision on when to start him... Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:16 AM
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Its 12/1 in Rye Neck.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:02 AM
 
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Sorry for the misinformation above...I was under the impression that all were the same. At any rate, if your kid is smart why on earth would you hold them back? We are in the most coveted elementary in our district and still, only one kid in my son's class was red shirted. And he sticks out like a sore thumb since he is an entire head taller than the others.

The best article I have found about this issue is here. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/op...ers-start.html

The bottom line is that holding your kid back is not an all positive thing. It can and does often backfire - producing a bored and less motivated kid.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
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How "smart" a kid is irrelevant to the decision of when to start Kindergarten. What's relevant is a child's attention span, focus, and social maturity. Most 5 year old boys are not nearly ready for the rigors of today's kindergarten. Loads of 5 year old boys who are extremely intelligent and who are already reading and able to do advanced work simply have not hit the developmental stage at which they are able to sit still for long periods and focus on demand for hours at a time. What most young boys need is another year of preschool--which is where the real learning happens.
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:06 PM
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I think you should take into account he's a small boy for his age. Although awareness of bullying is much better nowadays, its easy to be a target if you're a boy and smaller. Going in next year won't be so tough.

Anyway, education is not a race.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:33 AM
 
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Sorry for the misinformation above...I was under the impression that all were the same. At any rate, if your kid is smart why on earth would you hold them back? We are in the most coveted elementary in our district and still, only one kid in my son's class was red shirted. And he sticks out like a sore thumb since he is an entire head taller than the others.

The best article I have found about this issue is here. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/op...ers-start.html

The bottom line is that holding your kid back is not an all positive thing. It can and does often backfire - producing a bored and less motivated kid.
That must be a huge change in the past few years. I have family in Chatsworth (5th grader) and she is October and she is way younger than everyone in her class. All of her friends September and later are a year older than her because they were redshirted. I wonder if there has been a change in the district recently in that regard?
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