What's your cutoff date for kindergarten?

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  1. tracykaliski

    tracykaliski Connoisseur

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    I'm just curious.

    At my school the cutoff date is October 1st, but I think we need to push it up to sometime in the summer.

    When is your school's cutoff date for entering K?
     
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    5 by Sept 1.
     
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    Where my children go it's 5 by September 1st. If they have a September birthday I THINK they can meet with the counselor, be tested, and possibly start even though they're a few weeks from the cut off. I think it's rare that that's granted though.
     
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    in Connecticut they have to be 5 by Dec. 31! I have lots of little ones in my class! I think the cut off should be July 31!
     
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    In California it is 5 by Dec. 2nd. With more and more people holding kids out a year it means 4 1/2 year olds mixed with 6 year olds! Some of my ex-students did k here in Calif. and moved to other states and weren't allowed in 1st grade because they are too young and had to repeat k. Why don't we have a national cut-off age?
     
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    Where I am students have to be at least five on December 1st.
     
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    Same here...
     
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    5 by September 1st here too.
     
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    AMEN!
     
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    I think that we need to determine readiness first based on not only age, but also social skills, ability to modify behavior, etc.
    We definitely have some students that are still just too "young" (not just age) to be in school.

    In Georgia where I teacher, Kindergarten isn't even required!
     
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    5 by Sept. 1st. I can't even imagine a December cut off - Wow!
     
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    5 by Sept. 1st.
     
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    Our cut-off is Dec. 31st as well. Some of our entering JKs are only 3!
     
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    5 on or before September 1st. We do begin school in mid-August, so often begin with 4 year olds. We also used to have early entrance testing, but wisely our district did away with that.
     
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    5 by September 1st

    They cannot start kindergarten as a 4-year-old
     
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    Our cutoff is 5 by September 1st. I had one last year whose birthday was September 1st. Her mom knew that she would be at a disadvantage because of her age and she never stopped working with her. She's now in first and reading almost at a 2nd grade level. We have been lobbying our state senate to change the cutoff date to summer sometime. If we were to pull records, I guarantee over 60% have a birthday near the cutoff date and were retained.
     
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    5 by October 15th
     
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    In our state the kids have to be 5 before September 1st. The school year also begins on the 1st of September (unless it's Labor Day or a weekend, of course).

    In my daughter's kindergarten class there was a girl who celebrated her 5th birthday today. My daughter said the teachers were surprised because they thought she was going to turn 6. My daughter said the girl's mother told the teachers that the girl was only 5. This is all coming from my 5 y.o. daughter, so who knows what the whole story is. I wonder what will happen though. Will the school tell the mom and the girl that she isn't allowed to be there?
    This particular school district does have 4 y.o. public preschool. I'm pretty sure the district has a special provision about 4 y.o. who can pass a certain test for early entrance into kindergarten early. I'm guessing that's fairly rare though.
     
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    5 on or before Sept. 1 in MN
     
  21. tracykaliski

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    I'm surprised at how many states have a December 1st cutoff!!
     

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