Kindergarten & First Grade Early Entrance Screening Information

 

April 15, 2019 Kindergarten Phase One Screening  @ HGES

April 29, 2019 First Grade Phase One Screening @ HGES

 

All Sign-Ups and paperwork due on or before Monday, April 1

 

Parents who are considering having their child assessed for early admittance into District 323’s kindergarten or first grade program in the fall should review the following information.  The screening takes place in the spring each year. Please note the screening date, questionnaires, and documents required.

Assessments & Process

Phase One 

Assessment utilized for Screening:

  • Gross and fine motor checklist
  • Social Interaction checklist
  • Observation of attention and engagement in tasks
  • Speech and language checklist
  • Fountas & Pinnell level
  • Math achievement assessment (or other math assessment)

Students who meet the mid-year achievement targets above will move onto Phase Two.

 

Phase Two

Need not apply to students seeking entrance into first grade who 1) turn 6 by December 31 of the upcoming school year, 2) have attended a nonpublic school for preschool, continued at the nonpublic school for kindergarten, and 3 )were taught by an appropriately licensed kindergarten teacher.

If warranted based on the screening data above, a one-on-one cognitive assessment will also be administered by a district psychologist (i.e.nationally standardized cognitive assessment) and an achievement assessment (IOWA Acceleration Scales).  Parents will be contacted with details and asked to provide consent. Upon completion of a formal report, parents will be asked to meet to discuss the results of the testing and discuss the recommended placement.

 

DUE DATE: All documents and questionnaires must be received on or before Monday, April 1.


 

Please send all required forms/documents listed below to:

Heather Bowman
Dunlap CUSD 323 District Office
3020 W. Willow Knolls Road
Peoria, IL 61614
OR
E-mail them to hbowman@dunlapcusd.net
(309)691-3955
 

 

 

Electronic questionnaires will automatically be received upon completion (see below).

 

Forms will not be accepted after the due date.

 

Late entries will have to reapply next spring, or students already attending District 323 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis at their home school.

 

Forms will not be accepted after April 1, 2019.  After this due date, a confirmation phone call and/or email will be sent to parents. Parents are welcome to stay and wait in a separate waiting area while their child is being screened.  Feel free to bring a book, tablet, snacks, or drink.

 

Required Documents & Questionnaires: Gmail account is needed to complete forms.  Recommended web browsers for aPC are Chrome, or Fire Fox, Mac is Safari.

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Proof of Residency
  3. Please click here to complete this form: Early Entrance Parent Questionnaire.*
  4. Please click here  complete this form: Early Entrance Teacher questionnaire.*
  5. Official school record of attendance (preschool or kindergarten)

*If you prefer to download the PDF form and mail with other documents, click here.

 

Early Entrance Qualifications: Kindergarten

To qualify for an early entrance screening for kindergarten, a parent/guardian must show proof of the following:

  • Proof of Residency within Dunlap District 323
  • Child’s date of birth(the child will not be denied early entrance under the Accelerated Placement Policy based on age)
  • Child’s attendance records from early childhood center/non-public preschool
  • Completion of Parent Questionnaire (electronic form above)
  • Completion of Teacher Questionnaire (electronic form above).

 

Early Entrance Qualifications: First Grade

To qualify for an early entrance screening for first grade, a parent/guardian must show proof of the following:

  • Proof of residency within Dunlap District 323
  • Child’s date of birth(i.e. 6th birthday falls between September 2nd and December 31st of that school term, except the child will not be denied early entrance under the Accelerated Placement Policy based on age).
  • Child’s initial registration and enrollment kindergarten in District 323 (placement may be changed accordingly), if applicable.
  • Any attendance records from an early childhood center/non-public preschool
  • Taught kindergarten by an Illinois state approved teacher (see below to confirm teacher certification with ISBE), except the child will not be denied early entrance under the Accelerated Placement Policy based on teacher certification.
  • Completion of Parent Questionnaire (electronic form above).
  • Completion of Teacher Questionnaire (electronic form above).

Kindergarten Early Entrance Screening Date:

APRIL 15, 2019

 

First Grade Early Entrance Screening Date:

APRIL, 29, 2019

 

Screening Times: Confirmed students will need to arrive promptly at the start times indicated by Dunlap 323 staff by the times

  • Potential Kindergarten students: 8:00-10:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00
  • Potential First Grade students: 8:00-10:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00

 

Screening Location:

Hickory Grove Elementary School
2514 West Hickory Grove Road
Dunlap, Illinois 61525


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

 

Are there any alternative early screening testing dates?

 

No.  The screening for early entrance into kindergarten or first grade will only be offered once each spring on the date noted above. Children will only be assessed one time for Early entrance. However, once a child is enrolled in District 323, instructional needs are continually reviewed by the educational team to determine if further supports are needed.

 

How do I know if early entrance to kindergarten or first grade is the best choice for my child?

The purpose of the early entrance process is to make learning available to children who demonstrate commensurate grade-level skills (winter targets applied) as measured by assessments administered by the Dunlap School District. Skills assessed include: Gross and fine-motor skills, social interaction, attention and engagement in tasks, early literacy and reading, number sense and math.

  • Students who enter school through the early entrance process must be capable of working in a classroom setting with children a year (or more) older.
  • The requirements for early entrance are aligned to mid-year achievement targets and standard age cognitive ability to ensure that students in an accelerated placement are social-emotionally prepared for the learning.
  • Early enrollment in school may have long-term effects on your child. It is difficult to predict the potential social/emotional impact on your child as he or she progresses through elementary, middle, and high school.

What should I expect of the early entrance assessment process?

A screening will be held for all qualifying applicants. An educational team will observe and assess your child in the areas noted above. Parents may not be present in the assessment area, but may wait in a designated waiting area. Results will not be available on the day of testing.

How will I know if my child qualifies for early entrance?

After the screening, the district team will review the assessment data and provide a phone call regarding next steps.  An official letter will also be mailed home regarding the screening.

If further testing is required after the screening, consisting of a one-on-one cognitive assessment administered by a district psychologist, parents will be contacted with details and asked to provide consent. Upon completion of a formal report, parents will be asked to meet with educational team and provide input and discuss the results of the testing.

How do I know if a kindergarten teacher outside of Dunlap School District 323 is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education?

To confirm that the teacher is ISBE licensed, go to this website at the Illinois State Board of Education (needed for early first grade entrance only). http://webprod.isbe.net/ELISInquiry/NormalPages/Educators.aspx

At what age can a student with special needs be considered for early entrance?

A child with exceptional needs who qualifies for special education is eligible for admission at three (3) years of age.