Early Entry to Kindergarten

  • North Carolina has a clearly defined process for Early Entry to Kindergarten.

    Children who will reach their fourth birthday by April 16th may enter kindergarten if they demonstrate extraordinary academic ability and maturity.

    Parents must submit the required early admission information to their home school no later than the first thirty (30) calendar days of the school's instructional year. The school must respond within three (3) weeks. The principal's responsibility is to find that the child has the extraordinary academic ability and maturity to justify admission. 

    When information submitted meets the minimum eligibility requirements, separate interviews by school personnel with both the child and the family will evaluate the child's level of motivation and interest in learning. Additionally, the school will conduct an assessment of the child to determine an extraordinary level of kindergarten readiness.

    All decisions for Early Entry to Kindergarten are made at the school level by the principal.