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Old 09-23-2009, 07:34 PM
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5 by Sept. 1st. I can't even imagine a December cut off - Wow!
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:00 PM
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Old 09-24-2009, 04:26 AM
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Our cut-off is Dec. 31st as well. Some of our entering JKs are only 3!
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Old 09-24-2009, 05:46 AM
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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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Old 09-24-2009, 07:23 AM
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They cannot start kindergarten as a 4-year-old
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:20 AM
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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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Old 09-24-2009, 10:08 AM
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Old 09-24-2009, 04:25 PM
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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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Old 09-24-2009, 04:40 PM
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Old 09-24-2009, 05:11 PM
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I'm surprised at how many states have a December 1st cutoff!!
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