Applications accepted March through August 1 for each given school year. No applications will be accepted after August 1.

Board of Education Policy 4011

There is a Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Board of Education policy for students to enter kindergarten and first grade early, based on the required birthdate of September 1, by meeting specific criteria.  Please see the Board policy for more information. Board of Education Policy 4011

Parents/guardians who seek early entrance into five-year-old kindergarten or first grade for their child/student must complete the Early Entrance to Kindergarten Application or Early Entrance into First Grade Application and submit the form, as well as required supporting documents, directly to the Department of Early Learning, 545 W. Dayton St., Rm 125, Madison, WI  53703. Parents/guardians who are completing the application through their home school, can ask school staff to forward the completed forms to the Department of Early Learning.

Early Entrance into 5 Year Old Kindergarten

As the Board policy indicates, children must be five years of age on or before September 1 to attend five-year-old kindergarten. The only exceptions are:

  • Students who were admitted into five-year-old kindergarten in another public school district prior to moving into the Madison Metropolitan School District. Applicants must provide verification of enrollment and actual attendance (if applicable) in five-year-old kindergarten.
  • Students who turn five years old between September 2 and October 15. Applicants must submit verification of the student’s birth date. Such students will only be considered for early entrance into five-year-old kindergarten upon completion of the application by parent/guardian. 

Applications must be received by August 1.  No applications will be accepted after August 1.

Assessment Options (child’s birthday is between September 2 and October 15 only):

If the child’s birthday is between September 2 and October 15, parents will be offered the opportunity to have their child assessed for kindergarten preparedness using standard psycho educational assessment. We offer this as another point of information to help parents make this difficult decision. 

  1. Requests for assessment received by May 15 will be performed by the school psychologist in your attendance area school.
  2. Requests for assessment received between May 16 and August 1 will be performed after August 1. You will be contacted over the summer to schedule an appointment with a district psychologist.

No assessments are conducted when school is not in session except through this process. 

Early Entrance into First Grade:

As the Board policy indicates, children must be six years of age on or before September 1 AND have successfully completed a five-year-old kindergarten to enroll in first grade. For students born after September 1, the only exceptions are:

  • Students who were admitted into first grade in another public school district prior to moving into the Madison Metropolitan School District. Applicants must provide verification of enrollment and actual attendance in first grade.
  • Students who attended AND successfully completed a five-year-old kindergarten program. Applicants must provide verification of enrollment in a five-year-old kindergarten program and an end-of-the-year report card from the previous school showing successful completion. 

For students born on or before September 1 but who have not completed a five-year-old-kindergarten program, the only exceptions are:

  • Students who have moved from another state where there is not a prerequisite to complete a five-year-old kindergarten. Applicants must provide verification of residence in former state - a utility bill, or copy of lease or mortgage.
  • Students who were exempted from a five-year-old kindergarten program from another state. Applicants must provide official documentation of the exemption.
  • Students who attended AND successfully completed a five-year-old kindergarten program at a private school or licensed day care center that MMSD deems equivalent to a public school five-year-old kindergarten program. Applicants must provide verification of enrollment in a five-year-old kindergarten program and an end-of-the-year report card from the previous school showing successful completion. 
  • Students who demonstrate satisfactory completion of a preliminary student assessment using a standardized assessment.

Assessment Options:

(Students who are 6 years of age on or before September 1, but have not completed a five-year-old kindergarten, are the only students who will be eligible for an assessment for early entrance.)

  1. Requests for assessment received by May 15 will be performed by the school psychologist in your attendance area school.
  2. Requests for assessment received between May 16 and August 1 will be performed after August 1. You will be contacted over the summer to schedule an appointment with a district psychologist.
  3. No assessments are conducted when school is not in session except through this process.

If you have questions about early entrance, please call 663-5211 or email early.learning@madison.k12.wi.us.

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