Highly Advanced Gifted Children

Recent legislation has allowed school districts to offer “highly advanced gifted children” the option of early entrance to kindergarten or first grade. A child must be four on or before the first day of school to be an eligible candidate for Early Access to kindergarten, or five years of age to be eligible for Early Access to first grade.

Highly advanced gifted children may show exceptional academic achievement, reasoning ability, performance and motivation compared to other children. They are highly precocious and ready for school. This option is not recommended for the majority of children. Detailed screening and criteria are used to determine school readiness.

Questions and Answers

Why are students now allowed to enter school early?

Some gifted students have exhausted the resources of preschool and/or homeschooling preschool before age five. These students’ needs would best be met by accelerating them into school earlier. This legislation was designed with those children in mind.

Who can enter school early?

Children who:

How do I know if my child would be a good candidate?

We have several levels of screening to determine if a child would be a good candidate for early enrollment.

First, speak with your child’s preschool teacher or other adults to find out if they feel your child would meet the rigorous criteria.

Second, contact Jennifer Mayer in the Gifted Services Department by email (mayer_jennifer@svvsd.org) to complete a brief interview and pick up a screening portfolio packet. This packet explains the procedure, as well as the information you will need to collect.

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How can I apply for my child to be considered for Early Access to kindergarten or first grade?

After reviewing information regarding skills, criteria, timeline and fees, contact Jennifer Mayer, GT Coordinator at (mayer_jennifer@svvsd.org), for instructions about the next steps to follow.