Early entrance into kindergarten
The Issaquah School District is willing to work with families if they believe their child is ready for school early. To be considered for early entrance into kindergarten, a child must be five (5) years of age on or before November 30 of the year of entry. In addition, an assessment report indicating the child has met all the requirements stated below must be received by the District office no later than July 15, 2017:
- Mental ability
- Gross motor skills
- Fine motor skills
- Visual discrimination
- Auditory discrimination
- Emotional/social development
- Language development
A student must score at or above the 90th percentile in all seven categories above as outlined in the Early Entrance Assessment Results form before they can be invited to participate in kindergarten on a probationary basis. Regulation 3110: Admission Age Requirements and Placement of Students and 3110P: Exemptions for Early Entrance Procedure
The District does not perform the early entrance testing. We do have a list of professionals who other Issaquah School District families have accessed. To request an Early Entrance packet containing a list of early entrance assessors and required district forms, contact Laura Maloney in the Elementary Education Department at (425) 837-7025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents who choose to have their child privately tested for early entrance into kindergarten will need to provide their chosen assessor with the required district forms. In order for a child to be considered for early entrance, all required forms and assessment results must be submitted to the Elementary Education Department at the Administration office by July 15, 2017. Assessment results must be submitted on district-provided forms and include the handwritten signature of the assessor.
If your child meets standard in all seven categories, she/he will be granted a thirty (30) calendar day trial period in kindergarten. Teachers and principal will review placement during the first thirty (30) calendar days of school, and a determination for permanent admission will be made at that time.
Early entrance into first grade
The Issaquah School District does not test children for entrance into first grade. We can accept a child into first grade who is younger than six years old by August 31 if one of these two conditions is met:
- (For entry in the 2017-18 school year) Completion of a State certified private kindergarten program of no less than 450 hours per year with a state certificated teacher providing the classroom instruction. We also need a written statement from the teacher on school letterhead indicating the child’s readiness to enter first grade.
(For entry in the 2018-19 school year) Completion of a State certified private kindergarten program of no less than 1,000 hours per year with a state certificated teacher providing the classroom instruction. We also need a written statement from the teacher on school letterhead indicating the child’s readiness to enter first grade.
- The child has completed a kindergarten program in another state public school that may use a date later than Washington State's August 31 deadline for school admission.
If the building principal has reason to believe that an individual child so qualified may not succeed in the first grade program, the principal has the option of placing the child in either the kindergarten or first grade for evaluation. A final determination of the child's appropriate grade level placement will be made no later than thirty (30) calendar days from the day of placement.
If neither one of the two conditions above have been met, the student will initially be enrolled in kindergarten. School staff, including the school principal and classroom teacher, will discuss the request to place the child in first grade. The final determination is made by the school principal.
How to find out more
For general questions about early entrance, or to request required forms, please contact Laura Maloney in the Elementary Education Department at (425) 837-7025 or email email@example.com.
Kindergarten Early Entrance Letter
First Grade Early Entrance Letter