• What is the entry age for first grade?

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    Arizona Revised Statute 15-821 states that a child enrolling in first grade must be six (6) years of age on or before August 31 of the current school year.

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  • Are there any exceptions?

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    The Peoria Unified School District Governing Board policy allows children who turn six (6) in September, October, November or December to be assessed for early entrance.

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  • Can I apply for an exemption and have my child screened if their birthday falls after December 31st?

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    No. State laws requires student entering first grade early to be six (6) on or before December 31st. No exceptions will be made.

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  • What is the expectation for children who enter first grade early?

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    Children who enter first grade early are expected to be ready for second grade the following year. Children admitted for early entrance to first grade should exhibit exceptional social and emotional maturity and advanced academic skills. They should be capable of working with children who are up to 16 months older.

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  • What is involved in the screening?

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    The screening lasts 45-60 minutes depending on the child. The child will work one-on-one with a certified teacher or administrator in a variety of short assessments. Teachers will observe attention span, listening skills and willingness to follow directions. Children will be assessed on end of kindergarten expectations, based on the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards, in both literacy and mathematics. All screening takes place at Sky View Elementary School.

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  • When is the screening?

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    The screening will take place the second week of July. Your child will be scheduled for a specific time.

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  • Can I stay with my child during the screening?

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    No, however you must remain on the premises. Part of school readiness is the ability to separate from the parent.

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  • What is the cost of the screening?

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    The $60 screening cost covers the screener’s time and materials.  Your child will not be tested until the fee is paid.

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  • Who will evaluate the results of the screening and determine if my child can enter first grade?

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    Your child will work with a team of professionals who have many years’ experience working with young children. The team will score the evaluations using scoring rubrics provided with the testing materials and make a decision regarding each child’s readiness.

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  • Can I appeal the decision if my child is not accepted for early entrance?

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    No.  The team makes every effort to be sure the process is fair and equitable.  We ask that you honor that decision.

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  • Is the screening fee refundable?

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    Screeners are scheduled based on the number of students. Fees are not refundable for no-shows or for children who do not pass the screening.

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  • Can I register my child for first grade before the screening takes place?

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    No. Results of the screening will be mailed or emailed within 10 business days of the screening. Parents can then enroll their child by presenting the acceptance letter stating that the student has passed the early entrance screening for first grade.

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  • What if I’m unavailable on the testing dates?

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    Every effort is made to accommodate families’ summer schedules and for children who move into the district later in the summer. However, no child will be considered for early entrance screening for requests made less than one week prior to the first day of school and no age exceptions will be granted after the start of the first day of school.

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  • My child passed an early entry screener in another district. Will you accept that?

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    No. Only children who pass the Peoria Unified early entry screener will be admitted into first grade early.

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  • My child passed the early entry test for kindergarten in Peoria Unified. Do they need to be tested?

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    No. If your child passed the early entry test for kindergarten in Peoria Unified and has completed kindergarten in the district, they do not need to be retested for 1st grade.

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