Early Entrance to Kindergarten or 1st Grade

Rob Beidelman, Instructional Specialist of Gifted Services
Maegan Noland, Curriculum Secretary
Fairfield Administration Building
4641 Bach Lane, Fairfield, OH 45014
Fax: (513) 858-7155

Please visit the registration center for information regarding regular enrollment into Fairfield City School District.
In Butler County, a child must be age 5 by August 1st to be eligible for regular entrance into kindergarten or age 6 by August 1st to be eligible for regular entrance into first grade.
In rare instances, young children are developmentally advanced in thinking skills, language acquisition, quantitative reasoning, reading, categorizing, and counting, and may be ready for early entrance into kindergarten or first grade. Early entrance candidates also need to be advanced in personal development and emotional maturity. Early entrance is a form of grade acceleration. For this reason, the district's Early Entrance Evaluation Team will investigate to see if a child is ready to accelerate a year ahead of his/her peers. The Early Entrance Evaluation Team ideally consists of school psychologists, a speech pathologist, a kindergarten teacher, and the instructional specialist of gifted services.
A parent may request early admission if the child turns 5 (kindergarten) or 6 (first grade) after August 1st AND before December 31st. Children with birthdays on or after January 1st must be referred by an educator within the district, a preschool educator who knows the child, or a pediatrician/psychologist who knows the child before being considered for evaluation. A referral form is in the files below.
If you are considering having your child evaluated for early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), found in the documents below, before completing the Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade Application in the following Google Form. The FAQ document outlines the evaluation process and offers more information to aid you in deciding if early entrance is right for your child.
A district representative will contact you via email to schedule your child for his/her evaluation after your application is submitted. Please ensure your email address is entered correctly on your application. Evaluation dates are limited due to the staff members needed to participate in the evaluation process.
Applications for early entrance to kindergarten or first grade for the 2022-2023 school year may be submitted on or after February 1, 2022.