Early Entrance & Accelerated Placement

  • Early Entrance to Kindergarten
    District 200 recognizes that some children may be ready for kindergarten early.  If your child is four years of age and will not turn five until after September 1st a request for assessment can be made to the building principal of your child’s school.   A combination of district and standardized assessments will be utilized to determine if a child is eligible for early entrance to kindergarten. These assessments include letter sounds, Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessments, counting, and our District 200 local math assessment.   Assessments will be administered prior to the start of the school year and the building principal will contact the parents with the grade level recommendation within seven days of the screening.

    Early Entrance to 1st Grade
    If your child is five years of age and will not turn six until after September 1st a request for assessment can be made to the building principal of your child’s school.  Students being assessed with partake in our District 200 ELA and Math local assessment.  Students will also be assessed on high-frequency word recognition.  Assessments will be administered prior to the start of the school year and the building principal will contact the parents with the grade level recommendation within seven days of the screening.

    Accelerated Placement Grades 1-8
    A teacher, administrator, or parent may initiate the request for consideration by contacting their building principal or your child’s school.

    Whole grade acceleration works best at the start of an academic year and not when it is a transitional year before a move to another building.