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Kindergarten cut off date
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#1 Posted : Sunday, May 06, 2007 8:29:29 PM(UTC)
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My daughter will become 5 on october 18. When asked the school, they said they are strict about the October 1 cutoff date for KG admission. But there are other school districts in NJ, where my friend could enroll her late October born daughter after a psychological assesment of the child. Is there any case you know off where WWP school district will relax the restriction and will alllow the child to attend KG if she/he just missed the cut-ff date?
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My daughter will become 5 on october 18. When asked the school, they said they are strict about the October 1 cutoff date for KG admission. But there are other school districts in NJ, where my friend could enroll her late October born daughter after a psychological assesment of the child. Is there any case you know off where WWP school district will relax the restriction and will alllow the child to attend KG if she/he just missed the cut-ff date?
My daughter was an OCT 10th birthday,missing the cut off when she began KG. That was six years ago. We showed the school the reports we had from our pre-k school, our daughter could read and do simple math tasks, but the district has a policy and we had to accept it. I am very happy now. My daughter is completing 5th grade. Scores in the high -proficient range on the NJ-ASK, has been accepted in the Johns Hopkins Program for Talented Students since third grade, and is in the A&E Math program here in WW-P. I cannot tell you how happy we are now as we look back at the day we were told that the policy was set in stone. If you do want a way around it, it is possible to go to a private school for KG and GR1, then ask to have her tested by the team. I have known two ot three children that have gone this route. One thing you should be aware of is this: Many parents in this district hold their children if they are Aug/ or Sept. births. The district is very competitive, the kids get lots of homework, and if they are 10-12 months off the mark, they may not be able to play in a sports league here along with their classmates. The psychological assessment you speak of is conducted through interviews with two team teachers, the school couns., and any other staff the school deems necessary.
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Please do a search. This topic has been asked 1001 times.
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Our neighbor's son turned 5 on October 2nd and the school would not admit him.
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#6 Posted : Monday, May 07, 2007 11:30:00 PM(UTC)
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Nope. The only way I know of that people get around the guidelines is by enrolling the child in a private K (Montessori or other) then transfering into WW-P schools starting at 1st grade. My late Sept child went on time and if I had it to do again I would have held him back a year. This district is way too competative.
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I have heard of situations where the child enrolls in a private kindergarten, and then is able to "test into" first grade the following year. However, as a parent of 2 high school students, I encourage you to have your daughter wait a year and enter school as one of the oldest in the class. She will have advantages both academically and socially because she is likely to be more developmentally advanced. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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My daughter is a late October baby and was allowed to move into first grade in the district after attending a private full day Kindergarten. They did test her and allow her to move forward. It would have been like going backwards for her since she had been attending full day day care since toddlerhood. I don't know what resources you have, but private Kindergarten is an option especially if you want and need full day. I think it's then easier to put them back into the district for first grade. Good luck to you.
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My daughter will become 5 on october 18. When asked the school, they said they are strict about the October 1 cutoff date for KG admission. But there are other school districts in NJ, where my friend could enroll her late October born daughter after a psychological assesment of the child. Is there any case you know off where WWP school district will relax the restriction and will alllow the child to attend KG if she/he just missed the cut-ff date?
My daughter missed the cut-off when she was 5 also and her birthday is only 3 day after the cut-off and no West Windsor would not put her through. She is in 2nd grade now and she's doing great she's doing a lot of 3rd grade work, she is the oldest in her class and it works to her advantage, her teacher will give her harder spelling words and different math homework and she is already on a 3rd reading level, but I do not regret not pushing the issue. I really thought when she hit kindergarden she would be bored, but that was not case at all, she loves being the oldest she kind of like the teacher's helper. Good luck
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My daughter will become 5 on october 18. When asked the school, they said they are strict about the October 1 cutoff date for KG admission. But there are other school districts in NJ, where my friend could enroll her late October born daughter after a psychological assesment of the child. Is there any case you know off where WWP school district will relax the restriction and will alllow the child to attend KG if she/he just missed the cut-ff date?
Why is that everyone thinks that the rules shouldn't apply to them because they can't take NO for an answer. What is the point of having a cut-off point if the school doesn't stick to it, even under pressure from parents who are sure that their children should be exceptions to the rules because they are special. Just one more example of the children of the "me" generation who are now parents. Your child has to wait a year. Accept that and get over it. If not, move to the district where your friend's kid goes to school. (is that the real problem? your friends child will be "ahead" of yours?)Oh, and nearly a month isn't just missing the cut-off date. (love your euphemisms "relax the restriction" for change the rule just for me. Do you spin for the present administration? If not, perhaps you should.)
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My daughter's birthday is in October and she also missed the cut off date. She is my oldest child and I was very eager to have her start in public school. I am so glad, in retrospect, that we waited. She is at the top of her class in grades and social skills. Her teachers always tell us what a great, well adjusted kid she is. We are very glad that we did not push the issue. I have seen other kids in her class, that just made the cut off contantly struggling with the class work. Let your daughter enjoy the extra time she has before she has to start kindergarten.
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I guess everyone have perfect children that are at the top of their class and teachers pets. WOW, so I guess what you are all saying is if a child starts school when they are 5 that they will be challenged more than the 6 year olds and won't be able to handle KG? That is exactly how you parents of 6 year olds are coming across. I can tell you my daughter is in preschool and just turned 4 today and she is one of the top in her class now and speaks better than any of the 4 year olds in her class, but does that make her better than any of the other children in her class? I think not, every child in her class are special children in their own way and very much loved by their parents and through their eyes their children are one of the top in the class. My daughter will start KG when she is 5 and most likely will do well and if not we as her parents will be there to help her along.
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My daughter MADE the 12/1 cut-off for K when we enrolled in school in NY. She was by far the youngest child in her class - some were over a year older. We did it against our own instincts but listened to her pre-school teachers who said she was ready. Worst mistake we ever made. She is in HS now and has more kids her own age in her class. She will not turn 18 until she's in college. Wait.
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Speak to parents who have older children. See if you can find one person who is NOT happy that their child, fortunately, was not eligible to start by the "cutoff". Actually, do your child a tremendous favor. Don't ever have her feel she failed before she starts. She doesn't "miss" the cutoff. She "makes" the cutoff. It's October 1 of the next year. Congratulations!
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Although I am not a parent I have been working with pre-school aged children for many years and when asked about either holding the child back the year or sending them on, I have never had a parent say that they wish they had sent them but I have had ones that have said I wish I hadn't sent them. It will work to your child's advantage in the long run, I myself would be a college freshman right now instead of a senior in high school, I was held back and although I really wish I was done with school already, being held back was only an advantage for me their are really no negatives to being held back the extra year.
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We also thought our son was more than ready at the time we moved here. We moved here from NY and he had already finished kindergarten there as the cutoff date is later. I wished we had held him back. He is doing perfectly fine academically but you will always notice some subtle differences compared to other kids and these subtle differences affect them in the longer run. Then there are issues which we as adults can brush off but in the teenage years these matter, for example, he will not drive until he starts his senior year and all his friends will be driving that summer. he doesn't need to work for financial reasons but still all his friends will turn 16 and will be earning incomes many many months before he does. As the poster above says- no negatives to being held back- will always be helpful ,but pushing them ahead does not always help. I hate to admit it but our hesitation with not holding him back had also to do with the fact that we had just moved here, this was our first house, the expenses were thru the roof and if we held him back in kindergarten, it would only be half day and we would have to pay for extra before and after private day care. I truly wish I wasn't in that kind of situation. So please think before you do decide.................. WW schools are a tough place to be in. If you are stellar- you do well. if you are in any way leass than stellar- you will get swallowed up. So give your child an advantage starting out.
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why don't we all just wait until our kids are 6 before sending them to KG?
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While we're talking about cut-off dates, how is it determined? It seems so confusing to me why different schools have different cut-off dates. Our is in October. I believe South Brunswick is/was in November. A previous poster mentioned another date. I believe Waldorf is in May. I grew up in a Northern NJ town that had a cut-off date of December 31. What gives? What are the determining factors and why is it not the same across the US? or at least NJ? Can someone clue me in to the details? Maybe it should be done on a revolving schedule? Maybe all children should begin Kindergarten when they turn 5 or 6. It's all very confusing to me already. Why not keep it confusing but with more sense for us dumb folks? Could 60 minutes do a show on this?
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Please do a search. This topic has been asked 1001 times.
Why be nasty? I have no problem revisiting this or any topic. Answer the question or MYOB
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I don't think children should be in Kindergarten when they are 4. At the very least, cutoff should be Sept. 1. Another important thing to think about is if your child plays sports, which is probably the furthest thing from your mind, but since so many do, they will not be with their classmates on the travel or recreation teams. The teams are usually by age, not grade. Except I believe rec soccer in WW-P is by grade. I would definitely hold my child back!
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While we're talking about cut-off dates, how is it determined? It seems so confusing to me why different schools have different cut-off dates. Our is in October. I believe South Brunswick is/was in November. A previous poster mentioned another date. I believe Waldorf is in May. I grew up in a Northern NJ town that had a cut-off date of December 31. What gives? What are the determining factors and why is it not the same across the US? or at least NJ? Can someone clue me in to the details? Maybe it should be done on a revolving schedule? Maybe all children should begin Kindergarten when they turn 5 or 6. It's all very confusing to me already. Why not keep it confusing but with more sense for us dumb folks? Could 60 minutes do a show on this?
Make it Sept. 1st and even the playing field a little more.
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