Early Entrance to Kindergarten

A parent may request early admission to kindergarten if the child turns 5 years old after the District’s kindergarten entrance date and before January 1. The Ohio Department of Education recommends that districts follow their Academic Acceleration Policy for Advanced Learners in making decisions about early admission.

Early entrance to kindergarten is a whole-grade acceleration that is designed for the exceptional child who is academically, developmentally, and socially advanced as compared to others of his or her chronological age. 


In order to be eligible for early entrance to kindergarten, a child must meet the following criteria:

  • Superior cognitive (gifted) identification of an IQ of 130
  • Superior academic skills in reading, math and writing at the 95th percentile.
  • Developmental readiness observation and/or screening (social/emotional/behavioral maturity).

Please complete the referral and permission forms available for download in the right-hand column of this page and return to:

            EARLY ENTRANCE
            c/o Gifted and Talented Department
            1470 Warren Road
            Lakewood, OH 44107
or fax to: 216-529-4198

Referrals are due by May 1st in the year for which admission is being requested.

No requests will be honored after this date.

For questions or additional information contact:
            Casey Squires
            Interim Gifted and Talented Coordinator