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Kindergarten Readiness and FAQs

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

As the date for Douglas County School District’s Kindergarten Registration approaches, many parents struggle with questions determining their child’s readiness for school.

  • Is my child mature enough to spend time in a program like kindergarten?
  • Does my child have the academic basics to start kindergarten?
  • Am I, as a parent, ready to send my child to kindergarten?

Download this questionnaire to determine if your child is ready

Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions

Why did DCSD change the kindergarten entrance date to October 1?
The Douglas County School District Board of Education made the decision to change the kindergarten enrollment date based on the Colorado State Funding law for kindergarten students. The law establishes October 1 as a funding date for entering kindergarten students. The vast majority of school districts in the Denver metro area use the October 1 entrance date for new kindergarten students. The Douglas County School Board voted to do the same in November 2007 and revised policy JEB – Entrance Age. 

Can I apply for a waiver for my child who misses the entrance date by just a few days?
There is no waiver process in DCSD for students who do not meet the entrance date for kindergarten. If children are advanced beyond the kindergarten level, once he/she is enrolled the following year, the school may consider using the Acceleration Process to advance a student to the next level.

If you believe your child would qualify as a highly advanced gifted learner, please refer to the process for Early Access for Highly Advanced Gifted Children.

Who makes the decision that a child cannot enter kindergarten prior to the entrance date?
The decision was voted on by the Douglas County School District Board of Education in November, 2007 after recommendations made by the District Policy Council and is upheld by building principals and Directors of Schools.

Can I enroll my child in first grade if they are six by October 1 and did not attend kindergarten?
According to policy, a parent may make that choice; however, it is not recommended. Children would miss the foundation of learning in reading and math that prepares them for success in first grade. Students entering first grade in Douglas County School District are expected to be reading at a level 3 reading level. Without the pre-literacy and literacy skills, a student may begin school at a disadvantage.

What schedules are available for Kindergarten?
Kindergarten programming is half time and schedules are determined by each elementary school. Schedules may include a.m.and p.m. sessions or a full day, every other day option. Tuition based, Full Day Kindergarten is offered at some sites. Please inquire at your site for specific details.