The Austin Public School Board has developed a policy regarding Early Entrance to Kindergarten. Early entrance to kindergarten is considered a grade acceleration, and as such, the Belin & Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development states that "students should be expected to achieve, relative to their new grade peers, at a high level that is generally comparable to their performance in their previous grade. Such students are typically among the top 10% in a class, and they should be expected to remain in the top 10% throughout their academic careers."
Items that must be completed to be considered a candidate for early entrance to kindergarten:
- Early childhood screening (free - make an appointment by calling 507-460-1709).
- Student background information (form found in the attached document).
- Letter of support from the parents/guardians outlining why the child should be considered for early entrance to kindergarten.
- Letter of support from a pre-school teacher (or other adult who works with the child in a pre-school like setting) outlining the child's readiness academically and socially/emotionally. An outline of what is needed in this letter is in the attached document.
The above items must be submitted to the District Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Programming by April 1.
401 3rd Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912
Upon receiving these items, the coordinator will contact the family to schedule academic and ability testing.
Decisions about early entrance to kindergarten will be made and communicated to families by June 1.
APS Early Entrance Procedure