Kindergarten Early Entrance

The intent of early entrance is to identify highly able children who miss the regular Sept. 1 cutoff for kindergarten entrance by no more than 45 days. Early entry is specifically geared for children whose curriculum achievement level far exceeds the norm. In order to be considered for the early entrance exception, the child must exhibit advanced skills in language arts and mathematics. In addition, information from prior experiences may be gathered to verify the child's social and emotional strengths.

Our application process for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on March 19, 2018 and ended May 31, 2018.

When the process re-opens for the next available school year, parents may go to their child's home school and ask for the application packet. Not sure of your child's home school?  Check the boundary maps or contact Student Services at 301-644-5238.

The following completed information from the application packet must be returned in order to be considered for testing:

  • Application completed by the parents.
  • Completed Early Entrance for Kindergarten Recommendation (to be completed by child's preschool teacher).
  • Letter from parent(s)/guardian(s) explaining why they feel the child is ready for kindergarten.
  • Also, the parent(s)/guardian(s) must meet with the school principal to discuss the early entry process, prior to the child being tested.

The Department of Early Childhood Education sends all acceptance/denial letters at the same time. The letters were mailed out the week of June 18, 2018.


Catherine Nusbaum
Coordinator of Early Childhood Education and Judy Center

(301) 696-6864

Leslie Frei
Teacher Specialist

(301) 696-6809

Sheila Kahler
Administrative Secretary

(301) 696-6864
Fax:  301-644-4139


Regulation 400-89 - Kindergarten Early Entrance
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Regulation 400-95 – Kindergarten Enrollment/Registration
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Regulation 500-10 Placement and Promotion of Students
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Policy 430 Age Requirements
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