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 note: this information is regarding early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, otherwise known as whole grade acceleration for children who do not meet the age requirement listed below. Visit the registration center for information regarding regular enrollment into Fairfield City School District.
In Butler County, and pursuant to Board policy JEB, a child must be age five (5) by August 1st to be eligible for regular entrance into kindergarten or age six (6) by August 1st to be eligible for regular entrance into first grade. The Fairfield City School District recognizes that there are rare instances when a child is ready for kindergarten or first grade earlier than the traditional age.
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.
If the child's date of birth falls on August 2nd through December 31st, the child will be evaluated using the District's developmental assessment tool, as applicable.
If the child's date of birth falls on or after January 1st, the child must be referred by an educator within the District, a preschool educator who knows the child, or a pediatrician or psychologist who knows the child before being considered for evaluation. A sample recommendation form is provided in the files below. These applicants will be evaluated using a combination of the District's developmental assessment tool and the Iowa Acceleration Scale.
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.
Please ensure your email address is entered correctly on your application. You will be emailed an invitation to sign up for an evaluation from SignUpGenius within 2 business days. Please check your spam/junk folder if you have not received the email after 2 business days. 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 mid-February through July 23, 2022.