Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I do if I want to find out more about Early Entrance to Kindergarten in Wayne County?

A:  Contact Amy Williams, AIG Coordinator,(919-705-6027) or the Principal at your school. Use the AIG website as a source of information:  North Carolina DPI’s Office of Early Learning: www.ncpublicschools.org/earlylearning


Q: Can my child be admitted to Kindergarten early if s/he is gifted and has the maturity to justify admission to the school?

A: If a child turns five years of age after August 31, and s/he is gifted and has the maturity for a full-day kindergarten year, then the principal may consider each child for student aptitude, achievement, performance, student behavior/interest,and motivation The parent is responsible for having the child tested for student aptitude and achievement, of which the child must score at the 98th percentile or above on both tests. For additional details and requirements for early admission, please go to the North Carolina State Board of Education website: http://sbepolicy.dpi.state.nc.us/apa.asp for the State Board Policy:HSP-J-OO1

Q: My child has his/her birthday only 1 day after the cut-off date, August 31! How can my child still attend Kindergarten?

A: The North Carolina State Legislation states that a child may be enrolled in Kindergarten if his/her fifth birthday falls on or before August 31. If a child’s fifth birthday falls after August 31, then the child is not eligible to enter Kindergarten, unless the child is gifted and has the maturity to justify early admission. For information regarding early admission, please see the state board policy HSP-J-001 located on the North Carolina State Board of Education website: http://sbepolicy.dpi.state.nc.us/apa.asp

Q: If a child, not old enough to attend public kindergarten in North Carolina, enrolls in a private school and then transfers to a public school in the same school year, should the public school accept the student?

A:  school cannot legally accept such a child for enrollment within the same school year.

Q: May a child who does not meet NC’sage requirement complete a nonpublic kindergarten and enroll in the first grade in a public school the next year?

A: Any child who enters public school at the initial entry point of kindergarten must be five years of age on or before August 31 of that school year. If that child has attended a nonpublic kindergarten during one year and enrolls in public school the following year, the principal, in compliance with any applicable local board policy, has discretion as to the grade placement of the child.

Q: May a child, who does not meet North Carolina's kindergarten age requirement, be enrolled in a North Carolina public kindergarten during the same year the child was enrolled in a public kindergarten in another state? (This question assumes the child's in the state of original enrollment and moved to North Carolina during the school year.)

A: A child may be accepted for enrollment in a North Carolina public kindergarten if the child has been enrolled in a public kindergarten in another state during the same year, notwithstanding the fact that the child does not meet North Carolina's age requirement for kindergarten acceptance. This answer also applies to a child who moves from another country.

Q: Where would a child be placed in North Carolina whose parents deliberately send the child to out-of-state kindergarten for the purpose of enrolling the child in the first grade in a North Carolina school the following year?

A: It is assumed that this action was to evade the law and the attorney general has ruled that such an action is not in good faith. The child would repeat kindergarten in North Carolina, unless the principal finds as a fact that the child can best be served in another setting.

Q: May a child who does not meet NC’s age requirement complete a nonpublic kindergarten and enroll in the first grade in a public school the next year?

A: Any child who enters public school at the initial entry point of kindergarten must be five years of age on or before August 31 of that school year. If that child has attended a nonpublic kindergarten during one year and enrolls in public school the following year, the principal, in compliance with any applicable local board policy, has discretion as to the grade placement of the child.
© 2021. Wayne County Public Schools. All Rights Reserved.
View text-based website