Early Entrance

Early Entrance to Kindergarten and First Grade

Parents interested in having their child considered for early entrance to kindergarten or first grade should review the following steps. More detailed information is available in the ISD 194 Early Entrance Procedures form below.

Part 1

  1. Your child’s birthday must fall after September 1st and before October 15st.
  2. Early entrance is not recommended for a child that would be accelerated to the same grade as an older sibling.
  3. A request needs to be made in writing to the principal of the elementary school where your child will attend.  It must be turned in by March 1st.
  4. You must schedule an appointment with a licensed school psychologist to administer the Wechsler Pre-School and Primary Intelligence Scale to your child.  If you would like to schedule with a ISD 194 psychologist, contact Holly Traub, Elementary Gifted Coordinator, or your building principal for a list of psychologist that have agreed to conduct this assessment outside of the school day.  
  5. The cost of this test will be borne by the parent, at a cost of approximately $250-$350.  Scholarships are available for parents who qualify based on federal standards for free or reduced priced meal guidelines.
  6. Your child must complete and obtain a full scale IQ score 130 (SAS) or better to be considered eligible. Students with a score of 125 – 129 will be considered if other criteria are met at a high standard.

Part 2

If your child obtains this score, the following steps will apply:

  1. You must contact your elementary school principal with the testing results by April 1.
  2. The principal will arrange for a district staff to administer the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test or Woodcock Johnson Achievement test to your child. There is no charge for this assessment. Your child score at the 90 percentile or higher on this test. 
  3. The principal will give you a parent questionnaire to be completed. This form is also available on the district website. Go to http://isd194.org (Select Academics/ Select Gifted Services/Select Acceleration Opportunities/ Select Early Entrance)
  4. Although attending preschool is not required, it is highly recommended.  If your child attends a preschool, a form will be given for your child’s preschool teacher to complete.

All information needs to be completed and turned into the building principal by May 1.

A district committee will meet to consider your child for early entrance.  You will be notified of the committee’s decision by June 1.  If early entrance is not recommended, you may request a meeting with a representative of the committee.

If early entrance is recommended, the building principal will inform the incoming classroom teacher of the placement.  The principal, classroom teacher and elementary school gifted specialist will determine a timeline for periodic classroom observations.

All early entrance placements are on a trial basis.  During the first six weeks of school, classroom observations will be made to determine if the placement is appropriate.

If the team determines the placement is not appropriate, your child will be withdrawn from kindergarten or first grade.  A meeting with you will be arranged to discuss other options.

If you have questions about this process please contact the building principal where your child will be attending.

Forms and Information


Gifted Services Coordinator, Holly Traub – 952.232.2558 or holly.traub@isd194.org


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