Kindergarten Early Entrance

  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203 has established procedures to allow for requests from parents/guardians for early entrance into kindergarten. These procedures are specifically for children who demonstrate strong readiness for kindergarten and whose fifth birthday falls after September 1 of the 2020-2021. year. Because these procedures exceed State of Illinois requirements, the decision by District 203 regarding any application for early entrance into kindergarten will be final. 

    Procedures for Early Entrance into Kindergarten 

    The child must reside within the Naperville 203 boundaries and have recent preschool experience taught by a teacher who is licensed to teach early childhood or elementary. The application process for early entrance to kindergarten opens February 1, 2022.

    Learning Services

    Attn: Kindergarten Early Entrance

    Naperville 203 District Administrative Office

    203 West Hillside Road

    Naperville, IL 60540


    STEP 1: The parent/guardian must complete and submit the Application for Kindergarten Early Entrance by May 21, 2022. 

    STEP 2: The parent/guardian must have the current early childhood licensed preschool teacher complete and submit the Preschool Teacher Recommendation. The preschool teacher must submit the recommendation form directly to Learning Services by May 21, 2022. Note: For 2021-2022 only, the preschool teacher recommendation is highly preferred but not required due to COVID-19 impact on families and preschools. 

    STEP 3: Proof of District 203 residency- Once the Application for Kindergarten Early Entrance is received, a confirmation email will be sent to the parent/guardian with details regarding the proof of residency process. This confirmation email will need to be presented to our Centralized Enrollment Office along with an original or certified copy of the student’s birth certificate and legal custody documents.  

    STEP 4:  Once residency is confirmed and all forms have been accepted, the child will be scheduled for Step 5-Screening. As a component of the screening, the parent/guardian will receive a social/emotional learning questionnaire via email. A similar questionnaire will be emailed to the preschool teacher (if applicable). Each must be completed within 30 days but no later than June 23, 2022. Additional details about the screening will be emailed to the parent/guardian by the end of May 2022.

    STEP 5: Screening will take place in person at a District 203 school on June 30, 2022 (tentative). The screening will include observation and assessment of the following: social interaction, attention and engagement, and gross/fine motor, speech and language, reading, and math skills. This screening is designed to gather the necessary assessment information for a decision regarding eligibility for early entrance to kindergarten. An email will be sent to the parent/guardian to share the results of the screening no later than July 2, 2022.

    Decisions regarding eligibility for early entrance to kindergarten will be final.

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