Early Entry to Kindergarten

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    PROCESS Guidelines

    A child's 5th birthday must fall between September 1st and October 1st (including Oct. 1) in order to be eligible for early entry. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

    The child must also be currently enrolled in a preschool, pre-kinder, early learning, or headstart program. Additional information on Oregon Early Learning Standards. 

    1. Assessment

    Families will need to provide documentation of outside 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. Complete and send this form to nutritionservices@pps.net. Please let MindSights know when scheduling the assessment that you have qualified and would be interested in receiving the reduced rate.

    The TAG Department is not responsible for any fees related to the requested assessment. 

    2. Application

    If the child meets the age eligibility requirement and the assessment requirement, parent/guardian must complete the formal request for early entry for their child. This is a digital application that will open on January 7th and it closes on February 14, 2020. These dates are for lottery programs. Early Entry to neighborhood programs application opens March 2, 2020 and closes May 13, 2020.

    3. Preschool Questionnaire

    After a formal application has been submitted, the TAG Dept. will be requesting additional information from the child's current childcare/preschool teacher. This information will be considered in the recommendation. 

    4. Recommendation

    The recommendation decision will be made based upon the parent application, preschool questionnaire, and assessment information. Once the letter is sent to family and school with the TAG Departments recommendation, the parent will be instructed to contact the school about enrollment.

  • 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

    mindsights@mindsightspdx.com

    Financial support options available for families that qualify for Free/Reduced lunch. 

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    Dr. Laura Bennett

    503-816-8222

    www.laurabennettphd.com

    LSBennett@comcast.net 

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    Maria Berman, Psychologist, PH.D.

    503-935-4445

    maria@drmariaberman.com

    https://drmariaberman.com 

    Financial support options available for families that qualify for Free/Reduced lunch. 

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