• Early Entry into Kindergarten

    Generally, students must be 5 years old before September 1 to enter Kindergarten in PPS. The Early Entry to Kindergarten process is an option for children who just miss this cut-off date, but are interested in still applying to Kindergarten. To be eligible to apply for this process, a student's 5th birthday must fall between September 1 and October 1.

    Important Program Dates:

    We are no longer accepting applications for the 22-23 school year. 

    Please check back next spring for application information for the 23-24 school year.

  • Application Process 

    Please follow this process if you think your child would benefit from Early Entry into Kindergarten:


    1.     Assessment

    Families will need to provide documentation of intellectual assessment. Applicants must have a composite 80th percentile on the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI) in order to qualify.  

    For families that may face financial hardship, there is an option for a reduced rate with MindSights PDX. In order to be eligible for the reduced rate, families will need to apply for free/reduced lunch through PPS Nutrition Services

    Please let MindSights know when scheduling the assessment that you have qualified and would be interested in receiving the reduced rate. Documentation will need to be provided on the day of the assessment.  

    Portland Public Schools is not responsible for any fees related to the requested assessment.


    2.    Application

      • Application: If the child meets the age eligibility requirement and the assessment requirement, the parent/guardian can fill out the online application and be prepared to upload the following documentation:
        • Verification of birthdate: Copy of birth certificate or passport)
        • Verification of address: Address verification examples include mortgage, rental agreement, utility bills (dated within the last 30 days at the time of enrollment), insurance or governmental assistance statement. Parent name, home address, and date must be visible. 
        • Assessment results from your private provider.
        • Teacher/Caregiver Questionnaire: To be completed by your current childcare/preschool teacher or caregiver about Kindergarten readiness using the Oregon Early Learning Standards.


    3.    Recommendation

      • The recommendation decision will be made based upon the parent/guardian application, including the questionnaire and assessment information. Once the letter is sent to the child’s family and school with the Early Learners Department’s recommendation, the parent/guardian will be instructed to contact the school about enrollment.
        • Building administrators will have the final say on a student's enrollment into their school’s Kindergarten classrooms.

    ** Families should be aware that many community preschools close their enrollments as soon as they are full. Families may want to reserve a space in a preschool to ensure they have an option if the child is not admitted to Kindergarten through the early entry process.

Questions & Feedback

Outside Testing Resources

  • The organizations and doctors listed below are those previously used by PPS families but are not required to be used in this process. 


    MindSights PDX

    503-222-0707, press 0 for operator


    Financial support options available for families that qualify for free/reduced lunch. 


    Dr. Laura Bennett





    Maria Berman, Psychologist, Ph.D.




    Financial support options available for families that qualify for free/reduced lunch.