Here's a scenario that I read about elsewhere. What would you do/recommend? Child misses the public school Kindergarten cutoff date by about a week. Mom chooses to enroll child in private K. Child performs well in K at the private school. The following year, Mom is unable to pay the tuition at the private school and attempts to enroll child in 1st grade at the public school. The public school says that child is still too young, that the birthday cutoff date applies to both K and 1st. The public school offers Mom two options: have child repeat K at the public school or have child take a placement test for 1st. Mom decides to have child take the test for 1st. Child passes the reading portion of the test but misses the math portion by a handful of points. The school recommends/requires that child be enrolled in K. Mom believes that child is both academically and socially ready for 1st. If you were Mom, what would you do? If you were a teacher, counselor, or administrator at the public school, what would you recommend? What grade should the child be placed in this year?