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JEB Age of Entrance Policy

SHUTESBURY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COMMITTEE AGE OF ENTRANCE POLICY

Ordinary Admission Admission of children to kindergarten and other grades shall involve a consideration of both chronological age and the readiness of the children to do the work of these grades. The entrance age for admittance into kindergarten shall require the child to be five years of age on or before September 1 and the entrance age into first grade shall require the child to be six years of age on or before September 1.

If a student is enrolling from another public school in the United States, the current grade placement from the previous school will be respected. For all other children seeking admission, chronological alignment will be used to determine grade placement.


Admission of children to preschool programs at Shutesbury Elementary School for three and four year olds will primarily involve consideration of chronological age. Ordinarily, the entrance age for preschool shall require the child to be three years of age on or before September 1.

Special Circumstances, Exceptions and Early Admission The principal may from time to time make exceptions to the age requirements for admittance of an individual child to Shutesbury Elementary School. A request for early admission must be made in writing to the principal. In the instance when a request for early admission for a child has been made, an evaluation process will be followed. The principal will consider both the complete developmental readiness of the child as well as the available space/capacity to accommodate an additional child in the appropriate grade. Developmental readiness includes social-emotional, cognitive and language development. The final decision on whether or not to admit the child will rest with the Principal and will be based on the recommendation of the evaluation team and such other factors that s/he may deem relevant.

Children who might otherwise be admitted to kindergarten because they are ready developmentally, but not chronologically, may be refused admission under certain circumstances. Children may be denied early admittance to kindergarten or higher grades if there is expected to be an average of eighteen children in classes for that grade or if there are already one or more children with special needs in the kindergarten. Children may be denied early admittance to pre-school if there is expected to be an average of 14 children in preschool or if there are already one or more children with special needs in the preschool. The final decision on whether or not to admit the child will rest with the Principal; the decision will be communicated to the parent/guardian in writing.


Notice of exceptions made generally for an entire group of children shall be given to the school community using usual communication methods and to the Clerk of the Town of Shutesbury. These exceptions shall be consistent for all children eligible to attend a specified program/grade.

Version April 3, 2007 First read—Feb 2007


However, no child shall attend Shutesbury Elementary School at any time if that child is under three years of age.


Exceptions will be made for children with special needs who are eligible for special education services.


Deadline for Notification Final determination of early admission will be made no sooner than August 1st for the coming school year. Once a child is admitted, effective upon the date of the admittance notification, other changes in enrollment will not affect that child’s admission status.

First reading: 02-28-07
Second reading, first vote: 04-25-07
Final vote: 05-16-07

Version April 3, 2007 First read—Feb 2007