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Entrance Criteria and Procedural Guidelines

 

Administrative Procedures

Procedures for Early Entrance to Pre-kindergarten

If a parent/guardian believes that his/her child demonstrates educational need and would benefit from participation in a pre-kindergarten program, the following procedure will be used in determining the childís eligibility for early entrance:

  1. A parent/guardian must submit an Application for Early Entrance into Pre-Kindergarten to the Office of Pupil Services.  The form is available in the Office of Pupil Services and at the elementary schools.
                                    The deadline for submission of requests is June 1st of the year prior to the admittance school year.  Please note that due to special
                                    transportation requirements, including that three year olds be transported in car seats, it will be the responsibility of the parent to provide
                                    transportation until the child turns four years of age to be transported by Garrett County Schools.

  1. Upon receipt of the application, the Office of Pupil Services will evaluate the enrollment of the school where the child would be eligible for admission. 

  1. If early admission to pre-kindergarten is still requested following the meeting, and income eligibility has been met a date will be scheduled to begin the testing process.
                The Learning Accomplishment Profile (LAP) will be administered.  Students demonstrating a 25% or greater delay in one or more of the assessed areas will
                be eligible for early admittance. 

  1. An individual trained on the use of these assessments will conduct testing at the Board of Education or designated site.  After the testing is completed, the assessment data will be generated and the results will be sent to the parent/guardian. 
  2. A parent/guardian may request a meeting with the test examiner and other key individuals involved with the screening process to discuss the outcome of the assessments.
  3. If the parent/guardian does not agree with the early admission decision an appeal may be filed with the Assistant Superintendentís Office. 
  4. Prior to the completion of the school year, a meeting will be held at the school level to analyze the childís performance for the year and make a judgment as to whether the child is ready to move to the next level for the upcoming school year.  Placement for the next year will be determined at the school level.  The final placement decision will rest with the school principal.

 

Procedures for Early Entrance to Kindergarten

If a parent/guardian believes that his/her child is socially, emotionally, and academically prepared to participate in a kindergarten program, the following procedure will be used in determining the childís eligible for early entrance:

  1. A parent/guardian must submit an Application for Early Entrance into Kindergarten to the Office of Pupil Services.  The form is available in the Office of Pupil Services or at the elementary schools.

                                                 

  1. Upon receipt of the application, the Office of Pupil Services will schedule a meeting between the parent/guardian and key individuals from the school district involved with the screening process.
  2. If early admission to kindergarten is still requested following the meeting, a date will be scheduled to begin the testing process.

The following tests and cut-off scores on all three assessments will be used to identify eligibility into kindergarten.

  1. An individual trained on the use of these assessments will conduct testing at the Board of Education or designated site.  After the testing is completed, the assessment data will be generated and the results will be sent to the parent/guardian. 
  2. A parent/guardian may request a meeting with the test examiner and other key individuals involved with the screening process to discuss the outcome of the assessments.
  3. If the parent/guardian does not agree with the early admission decision, an appeal may be filed with the Assistant Superintendentís Office. 
  4. Prior to the completion of the school year, a meeting will be held at the school level to analyze the childís performance for the year and make a judgment as to whether the child is ready to move to the next level for the upcoming school year.  Placement for the next year will be determined at the school level.  The final placement will rest with the school principal.

 

 

Procedures for Early Entrance to First Grade

If a parent/guardian believes that his/her child is socially, emotionally, and academically prepared to participate in the first grade program, the following procedure will be used in determining the childís eligibility for early entrance:

  1. A parent/guardian must submit an Application for Early Entrance into First Grade to the Office of Pupil Services.  The form is available in the Office of Pupil Services or at the elementary schools.
                            The deadline for submission of requests is June 1st of the year prior to the admittance school year. 

  1. Upon receipt of the application, the Office of Pupil Services will schedule a meeting between the parent/guardian and key individuals from the school district involved with the screening process.
  2. If early admission to first grade is still requested following the meeting, a date will be scheduled to begin the testing process.

The following tests and cut-off scores on all three assessments will be used to identify eligibility for first grade.

  1. An individual trained on the use of these assessments will conduct testing at the Board of Education or designated site.  After the testing is completed, the assessment data will be generated and the results will be sent to the parent/guardian. 
  2. A parent/guardian may request a meeting with the test examiner and other key individuals involved with the screening process to discuss the outcome of the assessments.
  3. If the parent/guardian does not agree with the early admission decision, an appeal may be filed with the Assistant Superintendentís Office. 
  4. Prior to the completion of the school year, a meeting will be held at the school level to analyze the childís performance for the year and make a judgment as to whether the child is ready to move to the next level for the upcoming school year.  Placement for the next year will be determined at the school level.  The final placement decision will rest with the school principal.

                                                                                                         Source:   COMAR 13A.08.02 A, B, C

Application for Early Entrance Pre-Kindergarten Program

Application for Early Entrance Kindergarten Program

Application for Early Entrance First Grade Program

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