Changes to the early entrance into kindergarten process during COVID-19 pandemic
The application window will still close May 1, but supporting documentation (birth certificate and screening summary) will now be due by end of the day Friday, July 24. Assessments normally scheduled for early June will now be scheduled in early August. After the application window closes, the district will contact you about scheduling an assessment in early August.
Who is eligible to apply for early entrance into kindergarten?
Minnesota Statute states that a child must be five years old on or before September 1st of a given school year, in order to
enroll in kindergarten. Early entrance into kindergarten is designed for students who reside in the Anoka-Hennepin School District attendance areas, turn 5 between September 2nd and October 31st, and demonstrate advanced learning needs.
What characterizes students who are accepted for early entrance into kindergarten?
Standards for early entrance are set high to ensure that students are not frustrated by their advanced grade placement. The Minnesota State standards for kindergarten and the kindergarten curriculum are rigorous. Examples of early entrance characteristics.
What is the identification process for early entrance into kindergarten?
The identification process for early entrance into kindergarten consists of three phases. After each phase, children whom have met the criteria established for that particular phase will be authorized to continue toward the next phase.
- Application (phase one): The Anoka-Hennepin application for early entrance into kindergarten, available after March 1 (application can be electronically submitted) or printed off, must be submitted and postmarked on or before May 1 2020. In order for the application to be considered complete, a copy of the child’s birth certificate and their preschool screening summary must be sent to Monica Nicko, or mailed to the attention of Monica Nicko, Information Services Department at Anoka-Hennepin Schools, 2727 N. Ferry St., Anoka, 55303. Families may schedule an appointment for preschool screening, or secure a copy of the summary, by calling 763-506-2400. Late applications will not be accepted.
- Academic readiness screening (phase two): All applicants will participate in an academic readiness screening during the first week of June. Families will receive a mailing with information regarding scheduling their child’s screening appointment. District talent development teachers with teaching and learning specialists will conduct an initial screening to assess the child’s readiness level and determine whether or not the child moves to the formal assessment phase. Screening results will be shared with parents. Students not moving forward may enroll in kindergarten in the fall of 2021 when they are five years of age. Please allow up to 60 minutes for this appointment.
- Formal assessment (phase three): Children moving forward with the early entrance into kindergarten identification process will be assessed formally by an Anoka-Hennepin licensed school psychologist in mid-June. The school psychologist will administer an intellectual ability assessment that takes typically one hour to complete and results will be shared with parents that day. Please allow up to 90 minutes for this appointment.
How will I know if my child has met the criteria for early entrance into kindergarten?
For students who have continued into the formal assessment phase, results and the placement decision will be shared with parents immediately following the formal assessment in June. Children must receive a superior score on the formal assessment to be considered for early entrance into kindergarten. In addition, they must demonstrate a high-level of maturity and independently display academic motivation. All decisions are final.
If my child qualifies to enter kindergarten early, what is the registration process?
Children accepted for early entrance into kindergarten will be informed of available programming options and will complete a new student information form on the day of the formal assessment in June. During the first 30 days, the school and families have the opportunity to review the placement to determine if early entrance kindergarten is in the best interest of the child.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
Questions may be directed to 763-506-1061.