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Early Entrance

Early Entrance in Hawthorn School District 73 allows eligible children to start kindergarten or first grade earlier than the usual age. Here's what you need to know:

Age Requirement

Typically, children must be five years old by Sept. 1 of their kindergarten year to enroll. However, children born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 may qualify for early enrollment.

Assessment Process

Children considered for early enrollment will undergo assessments using Fastbridge, including earlyReading and earlyMath tests. They need to score above the 90th percentile and also participate in a verbal and written evaluation. The child's ability to transition from their parent/guardian and their response to the evaluation are also considered.

Parent/Guardian Involvement

You'll be asked to complete a questionnaire about your child.

Review and Decision

Our district team, including administrators and teachers, will review the assessments, academic performance, and social-emotional development of the child. You'll be informed of the decision by the end of June.

No Prep Needed

Your child doesn't need to prepare for the assessment. Please note, the team's decision is final.

How to Apply

Submit the Early Entrance Request form to the district by April 29, 2024. You will be contacted in May, with assessments scheduled for the week of June 3, 2024.

Early Entrance Form

Questions? Contact:

Dr. Karen Maturo

Dr. Karen Maturo

Assistant Superintendent of Innovative Learning