In the area where I live (IL) the school districts have a birth date cut off of August 31. Many years ago it was Sept 30, and I remember before that it was Nov. 1. A few years back the district my children attended would assess children with a Sept birthday if the parents felt their child was ready for kinder. Now it is strictly Aug 31.
Do any of you teach in a district that accepts children with a birthday after Aug 31? If so, in what state is your district located.
the cutoff date varies. Most districts have a Dec 1 cutoff but there are a few places with a Dec 31 cutoff. I'm not a fan of either because I think kids should all be 5 when starting Kindergarten (we start school after Labor day.) but its been this way forever. Its not going to change any time soon.
I'm in a western province in Canada. Our district's cut off date is February 28th. A child must turn 5 by the end of February to begin the September before their 5th birthday. That means we have students who begin kindergarten when they are 4 and a half.
Here is sunny CA, it was Dec 3 for a long time. It has been slowly moved over the past few years to Nov, then Oct, and will end up Sept 1st. I am quite pleased with that. However, I spoke to a mom the other day who is very upset about it because she feels that her daughter is more than ready and now won't be able to start kinder until next year. She is planning on homeschooling.. Interesting.
In Ontario it is Dec. 31. We kept ds (his bday is Dec 25) out until the following September b/c he would have only been 3 and he was a young 3 (our K is a 2 year program that kids start at 4). I am so glad we did-he is not even the oldest child in his class.
Where DD attended/our home district, the policy was 5 before August 1--to start school later that month. If your child turned 5 between August 2 to September 30, you could request assessment for early admission. DD has a September bday but we opted not to go that route.
She started K at 5 and turned 6 in the first 3 weeks of school.
I think most districts around where I live (in Iowa) the cutoff date is Sept. 15. My daughter will go to K this year having an Aug. bday, but her three best friends that she grew up with will have to wait until next year since they are a little past the cutoff date. It seems weird to me that my daughter will grow up a year ahead in school even though she is only a month or 2 older!
I think it's August 15th here in TN now. I know that's what they are working towards. In the small private school I'm in, we will accept them with birthdays that fall later (till early October I think,) but parents must accept the fact that if the teacher determines the child needs to repeat kindergarten then that's what will happen.
and now it seems that even if parents choose to keep their late in the year babies out of school for Junior Kindergarten (I'm guessing similar to Pre-K) (in Ontario students are not required to be in school until they are 6) many schools will still put the child into Kindergarten when the go to enroll as it is done by birth year not actual date of birth.
I am glad that it is then end of December as DD was an October birthday and she was more than ready to begin school at almost 4 -- she was already reading and very will socialized. I have taught Kindergarten and although many students are still young when they enter I feel that most get more out of being at school (independence and social) than they do being at home -- at least in the neighbourhoods I've taught in.
It used to be early August. The students were all 5 before starting Kindergarten. They moved it back to Sept 1 a few years ago. We start the 2nd week of August, so we have 4 year olds at the beginning. That very first year of the change was interesting.
My district's cutoff date is December 31st. We are the only district in the state that do not have an August or September cut off. Most of my first graders are 5 through the Fall. It really needs to be rolled back, but the district leaders don't want to hear it, so until then, we'll keep plugging along with 4 & 5 year olds bubbling in tests in K and 1.
In my parish the cut off date is September 30th. I'm not sure if that is a state regulation or parish regulation. I guess I should know that. I teach public school pre-k and I will have three students in my class that won't turn four until September. I hope they are on the mature side!
California is going to be Sept. 1st, but we are easing into it (at least in my district). This year, I believe it's going to be Oct. 1st. We also have a "Preppy K" or Transitional Kindergarten where kids who are not old enough for regular kinder can attend a year of "pre-kindergarten". If they prove to be exceptional, the teacher may put them in 1st grade. Otherwise, they will attend regular kindergarten the following year. Seems like a happy medium
Ours is Sept. 1st. Both my DDs have Sept. birthdays, and both ended up skipping to first grade after 2 weeks of kndg. They were already reading and were bored. I think kids with birthdays later in the year should be given the option to be assessed so that they can go ahead and start if ready. There are a lot of kids with May birthdays who aren't ready, and a lot with November birthdays who are.
I'm in the province next to you. I decided to do some research and discovered that the cutoff date is decided by the provincial government. The child must turn 5 on or before March first.
My first child was due in February and, before he was even born, I was already dreading the question "So, are you going to start him in kindergarten when he's 4 or are you going to hold him back?" Thank goodness he was 10 days overdue and was born in March. I would have held him back anyhow as it is quite young and often noticeable when in the older grades.
Here in NC, students must turn 5 by August 31 to start kindergarten in the public schools. Private schools can set their own cut-off dates, so parents sometimes go that route if they want to start their children earlier. It is also possible for parents to apply for early admission to kindergarten, but the requirements are very stringent.