Kindergarten & First Grade Early Entrance Screening Date: MAY 8, 2017 

Parents who are considering having their child assessed for early admittance into District 220's kindergarten or first grade program should review the following information. The screening takes place in May each year. Please note the screening date, application deadline, and documents required.

April D. Jordan, Ed.D., Director of Extended Services & Staff Development
ajordan@barrington220.org
Office: (847) 842-3529
 
 
Early Entrance Screening Process & Requirements 
for Potential Enrollment in the 2017-2018 School Year
(Updated February 2017) 
 
Early Entrance into Kindergarten (Only Standard Kindergarten, a.m. sessions open for 2017-2018): 
Your child's 5th birthday must fall between September 2, 2012 through October 31, 2012 of that school year term.
We will not assess children whose birthday falls after October 31, 2012.
 
 
Early Entrance into First Grade: 
Your child's 6th birthday must fall between September 2, 2011 through December 31, 2011 of that school year term.
We will not assess children whose birthday falls after December 31, 2011.
 
 
 ALL forms DUE by April 28, 2017
 Please send all required forms/documents listed below to: 
April D. Jordan, Ed.D.
Barrington 220 District Administrative Office
310 E. James St.
Barrington, Illinois 60010
 
Forms will not be accepted after April 28, 2017.  After all forms are sent to the Director, a confirmation phone call and/or email will be made. Parents are welcome to stay in a comfortable conference room area while their child is being screened. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks.
 
Required Forms:
  1. Birth certificate
  2. Proof of residency 
  3. Please click here to download and complete this form: Early Entrance Parent Questionnaire
  4. Please click here to download and complete this form: Early Entrance Teacher Questionnaire. SENT DIRECTLY FROM THE TEACHER IN A SEALED ENVELOP TO THE BARRINGTON DISTRICT OFFICE OR EMAILED DIRECTLY FROM THE TEACHER TO ajordan@barrington220.org.
  5. Official school record of attendance (pre-school or kindergarten)
 (Community Unit School District 220 School Board Policy 7:50)

 

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 District 220 (gas bill, electric bill, mortgage agreement, real-estate closing, lease agreement, etc.).

●      Child's date of birth (i.e. 5th birthday between September 2nd and October 31st of that school term). 


●      Child's attendance records from early childhood center/non-public preschool. 


●      Completion of Parent Questionnaire (forms on district website above).

 ●     Completion of Teacher Questionnaire (forms on district website above). SENT DIRECTLY FROM THE TEACHER IN A SEALED ENVELOP TO THE BARRINGTON DISTRICT OFFICE OR EMAILED DIRECTLY FROM THE TEACHER TO ajordan@barrington220.org

 

Early Entrance Qualifications, Grade 1: To qualify for an early entrance screening for first grade, a parent/guardian must show proof of the following: 


●      Proof of residency within District 220 (gas bill, electric bill, mortgage agreement, real-estate closing, lease agreement, etc.).

●      Enrollment in Barrington School District 220 at James Street District Office.

●      Child's date of birth (i.e. 6th birthday falls Between September 2nd and December 31st of that school term).  

●      Child’s initial registration and enrollment in kindergarten in District 
220 (placement may be changed accordingly). 


●      Child's attendance records from an early childhood center/non-public preschool (Updated February 2017).

●      Taught kindergarten by an ISBE certified teacher (see below to confirm teacher certification with ISBE). 
 

●      Completion of Parent Questionnaire (forms on district website above). 

 ●     Completion of Teacher Questionnaire (forms on district website above). SENT DIRECTLY FROM THE TEACHER IN A SEALED ENVELOP TO THE BARRINGTON DISTRICT OFFICE OR EMAILED DIRECTLY FROM THE TEACHER TO ajordan@barrington220.org.
 

Kindergarten & First Grade Early Entrance Screening Date: MAY 8, 2017  

Screening Times: Students will need to arrive promptly at the start times below and may require the full session to complete the screening.
 
Potential Kindergarten students, 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Potential First Grade students, 1:00-3:00 p.m. 
 
 
Screening Location: 
Barbara Rose Elementary School
61 W. Penny Road, South Barrington, IL 60010
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions:
 
Are there 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. 
 
How do I know if early entrance to kindergarten is the best choice for my child?
The purpose of the early entrance process is to make kindergarten available to younger children (whose 5th birthday falls between Sept. 2 and Oct. 31) who exhibit superior skills as measured by assessments administered by the Barrington School District. Skills assessed: Motor skills; social interaction; literacy/reading, language, and writing skills; number sense; and attention span.
  • Students who enter kindergarten 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 intentionally high to ensure students are not frustrated by their accelerated placement.

  • Early entrance to kindergarten is not a replacement for child care. There are many preschools and day care options available in the Barrington area.

  • 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. A district team will observe and assess your child in the areas noted above. Parents may not be present during the assessment session, 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 qualifications. An official letter will be mailed home for those students who are recommended for early placement. A written report will not be provided.
 
If further testing is required, consisting of a one-on-one intelligence test administered by a district psychologist, parents will be contacted with details. The psychologist would complete a formal report and arrange a meeting to discuss the results with the students' parents.
 
How do I know if a kindergarten teacher outside of District 220 is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)?  
To confirm that the TEACHER IS ISBE CERTIFIED go to this website at the Illinois State Board of Education: http://www.isbe.net/ELIS/default.htm (needed for early first grade entrance only). 
 
On the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) page click, Public Search. Enter the KINDERGARTEN teacher's last and first name and search. Other fields are not necessary. Knowing the teacher's middle initial is helpful to discern the correct teacher from the various individuals who come up in the search. Under the Description, kindergarten must be listed and current (expiration date is visible on top chart, Licenses, PEL). 
 
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.
 
Please use this link for general kindergarten information here within District 220:  http://www.barrington220.org/kindergarten.

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