Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade
The staff of North Thurston Public Schools is pleased to work with you as you consider the very important decision of whether to have your student assessed to enter kindergarten or first grade early. Early, as per Washington State Law, means that the child’s birthday falls after the state established guideline of age 5 by August 31 for kindergarten and age 6 by August 31 for first grade.In order to be eligible to be assessed for early entrance, children must live within the North Thurston School District boundaries and:
NOTE: Children born November 1 and after are NOT eligible for assessment. No exceptions per NTPS District Policy 3110. Also please note any changes made to NTPS District Policy 3110 prior to the June 30 deadline will apply to all applicants regardless of when the application was submitted.
For Kindergarten: Children must turn age 5 between September 1 and October 31; or
- For First Grade: Children must turn age 6 between September 1 and October 31 PLUS successfully completed 450 hours in an accredited kindergarten program.
Application Process for Early Entrance
Once you have determined that your child meets the above requirements, review the application process overview (PDF).
You will need to complete:Return these forms, together with your $150 non-refundable assessment fee (this fee may be reduced or waived if the student meets the criteria for free or reduced lunch - documentation required) to the Assessment Department.Please note, entrance criteria are applied equitably to all applicants and all decisions are final and not eligible for appeal. Decisions of continuation of placement following the conditional placement are also final and not eligible for appeal.
2019-20 school year: Applications are no longer being accepted2020-2021 school year: June 30, 2020
2020-2021 School YearAugust 10 - 14, 2020Individual appointments will be scheduled.August 24, 2020 (new residents only)For more about our Early Entry Assessment, download sample assessment questions (PDF).
Last Modified on October 2, 2019