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 upcoming school 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 an early childhood licensed teacher. All paperwork must be submitted by the dates indicated below by email to or by mail to:


    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 1, 2019.  It is strongly suggested that the parent/guardian meets with the school principal prior to submitting the application to discuss if Kindergarten Early Entrance is appropriate for their child.


    STEP 2:

    The parent/guardian must have the current early childhood licensed preschool teacher complete and submit the Preschool Teacher Questionnaire. The preschool teacher must submit the completed questionnaire directly to Learning Services ( by May 1, 2019.


    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 Phase I Screening. As a component of Phase I Screening, the parent/guardian will receive asocial/emotional learning checklist once residency is confirmed. A similar checklist will be mailed to the preschool teacher. Each must be completed and returned directly to Learning Services by June 1, 2019. Additional details about Phase I Screening will be emailed to the parent/guardian by the end of May.


    STEP 5:

    Phase I Screening will take place at a District 203 school on June 12, 2019. The screening will include an observation and assessment of the following: social interaction, attention and engagement, and gross/fine motor, speech and language, reading, and math skills. Based on this screening, the process will end for some children; others may move on to Phase II.  An email will be sent to the parent/guardian to share results of Phase I no later than June 15, 2019.


    STEP 6:

    Phase II Testing, if warranted based on Phase I screening data, will occur on June 19, 2019 and consist of a one-on-one assessment by a district psychologist. Upon completion of the assessment, the parent/guardian will be contacted to discuss the results of the testing and the recommended placement.  


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

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