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Early Access into Kindergarten and First Grade

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Early Access into Kindergarten and First-Grade


Definition and Purpose of Early Access

Early Access is defined as early entrance to kindergarten or first grade for highly advanced gifted children who meet statewide criteria and for whom comprehensive acceleration is deemed necessary by the school team.

  • Four years of age by October 1 may qualify for kindergarten
  • Five years of age by October 1 may qualify for first grade

Early access is not an acceleration pattern recommended for the majority of age 4 or age 5 gifted children.


The purpose of Early Access is to identify and serve the few highly advanced gifted children who require comprehensive academic acceleration.


Early Access Timeline for the 2020-2021 school year

Parents can submit the Early Application Portfolio from August 1, 2019 - January 17, 2020


Parents will be notified by February 7, 2020 whether their student will be moving forward in the Early Access identification process. 


The school testing window and team determination period is February 1 - March 13, 2020.


Parents will be notified of the Early Access team’s decision by March 20, 2020.


Qualification for Early Access does not guarantee an offer of admission. 


For Additional Information Contact:

Suzie Galbraith

Assistant Principal, K-2

303-289-8088, ext. 548