Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

  • Academic Readiness

    As in all areas, there are many academic differences among students who begin kindergarten with Durham Public Schools. There are no academic requirements students must pass to begin kindergarten.

    Many parents express concern about the testing or assessment that begins a kindergartner's school experience. These tests are used to determine a baseline or starting point for student learning and to inform teacher's instruction for each child.

    Students are typically assessed on their letter knowledge, concepts about print, reading level, basic math skills (such as counting, shapes, colors), and language skills. These assessments help teachers to identify where children are academically and create the best learning environment for each child. Many parents often enjoy meeting with their child's teacher at the end of the year to look at where their children started and how far they have come! 

    Age Readiness for Kindergarten / Early Admission to Kindergarten

    For a four-year-old child to be admitted into kindergarten, he/she must have reached his/her fourth birthday by April 16th of the instructional year for admission.

    Phase I: Intent to Apply and Evaluation

    Intent to Apply:
    The parent/guardian seeking early admission to kindergarten must notify the DPS Office of Advanced Academics or the child’s base school within the first thirty (30) calendar days of the new instructional school year requesting an Intent to Apply and Notice of Independent Evaluation Form (AIG - K1)CLICK HERE

    To determine eligibility status, students must score at the 98th percentile on a national aptitude (IQ) test AND 98th percentile on a nationally normed achievement test provided by a psychologist licensed in North Carolina. All evaluations must be administered after April 16th following the child’s fourth (4th) birthdate. A report of the testing results must be provided to the Office of Advanced Academics with the Intent to Apply and Notice of Independent Evaluation Form (AIG – K1).

    Note: Obtaining the aptitude and achievement assessment results is the sole responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s) and undertaken at their expense;
    DPS does not provide any screening for the purpose of early admission to Kindergarten. 

    Upon successful completion of Phase One, qualifying students will move to the second phase of performance review and interviews by the school principal and his/her Early Admission Committee.

    Early Admission Application and Overview

    For more information, please contact Laura Parrott, Coordinator of Advanced Academics, at