Early Access for KDG and 1st graders
Early Access to Kindergarten and First Grade
Early Access for Highly Advanced Gifted Children under Age Six
House Bill 1021 defines the 4 or 5 year old child who may benefit from early access as a “highly advanced gifted child”.
- This child is academically gifted, socially and emotionally mature, in the top 2% or less of the gifted peer group, motivated to learn, ready for advanced placement, and has exhausted the resources of preschool or home schooling.
- The intent of HB 1021 is to meet the unique needs of the “highly advanced gifted child”. It does not permit early access to all gifted 4 or 5 year olds. Quality preschool programs will meet the needs of most gifted children.
- HB 1021 pertains to those children who will be 4 years old by October 1st, hoping to access Kindergarten early or those children who will be 5 years old by October 1st, hoping to access first grade early.
Please note: The Early Access process is open from December 1 to April 1 each school year.
Not all students will be referred for cognitive testing; rather, student portfolios will be reviewed by a district-based team to determine if further assessment is warranted.
Letters outlining the team’s determination and next steps will be mailed to parents in early May of each school year.
Parents should contact the Gifted Education office between December and March to begin the process for the following school year.
The last date to submit a portfolio for consideration is April 1st each year.