Early Entrance to Kindergarten Information Sheet
Applicants must pass a development survey AND an academic and cognitive evaluation. Students who qualify for early entrance to kindergarten can enroll in the designated neighborhood school for their home address, or they can be considered for enrollment in Choice (magnet, magnet cluster or open enrollment) Schools or Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools (Classical Schools or Regional Gifted Centers). Note that Selective Enrollment schools require additional admissions testing; the results of Early Entrance to Kindergarten cannot be used as a substitute for Selective Enrollment testing.
The Chicago Public Schools takes seriously the decision for a child to enter school early. Accordingly, the criteria for early entry are rigorous. The evaluation process is designed to ensure that students are not hindered by the challenges of the instructional programs and the effect that early placement might have. Although a student may exhibit high ability, please be aware that they may not be ready for kindergarten. Other important factors to consider are social maturity, personal development and motor development. If a student is evaluated as a viable candidate for early entrance to kindergarten, it is important that all stakeholders are supportive of the decision. On average, about 10-15% of applicants end up passing this process and become eligible for kindergarten early.
Parents can either apply for Early Entrance to Kindergarten during the fall/winter or the spring/summer. Students can only be assessed once for the upcoming school year. Students applying during the fall/winter will participate in the assessment at an earlier age, but are able to be considered for a greater number of schools if they qualify for early entry. Students applying during the spring/summer will participate in the assessment at a later age, but can only be considered for schools that still have seats available at that time. Please see the Info Sheet above for more in-depth information about the process.
The following provides information about the 2024-2025 application period. Please contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or GOCPS@CPS.EDU if you have any questions. For the 2024-2025 school year, the student must be born between September 2 and December 31, 2019 to be considered for Early Entrance to Kindergarten.