Kindergarten in DMUSD starts with a half-day schedule at the beginning of the school year, and then full day kindergarten begins on October 5, 2020. The complete kindergarten schedule can be downloaded HERE.
State law and Board Policy 5111 require a child to be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enroll in Kindergarten. Early entrance to kindergarten is not permitted. The District makes no exceptions to this age cutoff.
A child who has completed a year of kindergarten maintained by a private or public school shall be admitted to first grade, unless the parents and the school district agree that the child may continue in kindergarten for not more than an additional school year. Proof of completion (such as a report card) is required.
When a child has been legally enrolled in the public schools of another district within or out of state, he/she may be enrolled in school and placed in the grade attained in the former school. The parent(s) or guardian(s) should be advised that the principal may adjust grade placement at a later date if conditions warrant. When adjustments are necessary, the parent/guardian is informed and a parent conference may be arranged by the principal.
Early Entrance to First Grade
A child who has been lawfully admitted to kindergarten may be placed in the first grade at the discretion of the principal if the child is ready for first grade work.
The following criteria must be met for early entrance to first grade:
- The child is at least five years of age.
- The child has attended a public school kindergarten for a long enough time to enable school personnel to evaluate the child’s ability.
- The child is in the upper 5 percent of the child’s age group in terms of general mental ability.
- The physical development and social maturity of the child are consistent with the child’s advanced mental ability.
- The parent or guardian has filed a written statement with the district that approves placement in first grade.