First Grade Entrance Age Requirement

Your child must be six years old prior to September 1 of that school year in order to be admitted to first grade, unless they have successfully completed a Washington State approved public or private school kindergarten program.

Form 3110.2P – Exhibit A: Certification of Kindergarten Attendance by Under-Age 1st Grade Applicant must be completed by the kindergarten program, verifying that your child has met the requirements stated in the School Board Policy 3110P

After the child has completed the kindergarten program, form 3110.2P – Exhibit A and a sample of the child’s school work must be submitted to the Principal of the student’s home attendance area school for evaluation.

Please understand that a child who successfully completes a kindergarten program, may not succeed in the first-grade program, the district has the option of placing the child in kindergarten for evaluation to determine appropriate grade-level placement.


Early Entrance to Kindergarten

State and Bellevue School District guidelines require that students entering Kindergarten in the fall must be five years of age on or before August 31st. However, a child whose birth date falls on or between September 1 and October 31 may enter kindergarten if he or she meets the early entrance requirements. Learn more on our Early Entrance to Kindergarten page.