Minnesota Statute 124D.02 states that children must be five years of age by September 1 of any given year in order to be eligible for kindergarten. According to Wayzata Public Schools School Board Policy 505, children who reach the age of five on or before September 1 are welcomed and encouraged to enroll in kindergarten, and children who reach the age of six on or before September 1 are eligible for first grade. Wayzata Public Schools offers an early entrance option for children younger than the specified ages above.
Children younger than the specified ages may be eligible for early entrance evaluation if their birthday falls between September 2 and October 15, and if they reside within the school district at the time of application. Children who demonstrate superior intellectual ability, a high level of academic achievement in all areas (especially reading, writing and mathematics), social/emotional maturity, and a high degree of persistence, may be considered for early entrance. On average, only one or two children are accepted per year for early entrance in the district.
Applications are accepted from January through May each year and screen testing is done in June for fall enrollment. There is a non-refundable fee for this option payable at the time of application, as the State of Minnesota does not provide funds. For further information, email Demae.DeRocher@wayzata.k12.mn.us or call 763-745-6016.