Birthday Cut-Off Date for Private Kindergarten
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Birthday Cut-Off Date for Private Kindergarten
I'm looking for a school (public or private) that will allow an
exception to the age cut off requirement for kindergarten (e.g.
birthday falls 12 days after cut off). I'm interested in
Oakland, but willing to go to Berkeley, San Leandro, Alameda etc.
Beacon Day School does not have a cut-off age for Kindergarten.
We assess each child to determine readiness.
We have three K/1 classes and one K only class. In addition,
our Early Childhood program routinely enrolls children that
have late fall birthdays and may not quite be ready for a K or
K/1. The Early Childhood program provides a K prep track for
all students age 4 and older throughout the year prior to
Beacon's philosophy of enabling every child to be a confident,
successful learner who truly enjoys school is realized by
placing them in a class which benefits their developmental age
and plans for this over the course of a school year.
abaroni at beaconday.org
It appears that most private schools have a cut off date of
September 1 or 3 (birthday) for accepting children to
kindergarten. Would anyone know which private schools have a cut
off date of December 1 (or even if they have an earlier date
would be flexible to accept November 30 birthday child). Please
let me know. The deadlines to apply are in the next two weeks so
I need to know as soon as possible. Thank you very much for any
these are the schools I've checked with and their cut off dates for a child to turn 5 in
order to be eligible for K:
Head Royce - firm 9/1
Park Day - firm 9/1
Bentley - 9/1 but will consider a close birthday
Redwood Day - 12/1
Black Pine Circle - 11/1?? (not positive)
The same newsletter that had your question had some info about Linda Beech in
Piedmont now offering a pre-K. I know that Step One in Berkeley does as well. you
should also look at schools that offer a pre-K programs (the Berkeley Parents
Network has a website). we're sending our daughter to a Montessori school, in part,
because they have a pre-K program. also note that many Montessori schools group
kids aged 3-5 in one group.
Beacon School assesses Kindergarten applicants for readiness. We do
not have an age 5 cutoff. For the most part our Kindergarten students
are not any younger than 4.9 or 4.10. We are looking for a range of
students with a range of abilities. Each of our classes will have students
with up to an 18 to 24 month age range. This makes for a truly diverse
group of students and allows the curriculum to be taught in
developmental pace groups.
Please call Beacon Admissions at (510) 437-2311 to schedule a tour or
to be mailed an application packet.
The Oakland Hebrew Day School general admissions deadline for
grades K-8, including financial aid, is January 31st.
Applications for Fall, 2005 received after that date will be
reviewed on a rolling basis through the spring. Incoming
Kindergarteners must turn five by December 2, 2005. For
more information or a tour of the school, contact Melanie
Marcus, Admissions Director, at (510) 531-8600 ext. 26
OHDS is a modern Orthodox school that includes many families with
different observance practices - including families with only one
Jewish parent. The school's focus is on the needs of the whole
child, including critical thinking, character-building and
cooperative problem-solving, along with excellence in general and
Judaic subject matter. Children who enter OHDS at upper grades
are provided with tutorial support as they become integrated
into the bilingual curriculum, and the individual needs of all
students are addressed through differential teaching in the
classroom and our the full-time resource department. Your
interest and questions are welcome!
East Bay School for Girls does not have a 5-year old birthday cut off for
admission to kindergarten. We find that young girls are often ready to enter
kindergarten with fall and early winter birthdays. Our classrooms are multi-
grade level which allows all our girls to move through our academic curriculum
at their own developmental pace while allowing them social-developmental
experience with their peers. Our Kindergarten students enter EBSG between the
ages of 4.7 and 5.11 years. East Bay School for Girls assesses each indivual
applicant for kindergarten readiness.
Please call East Bay School for Girls at (510) 849-9444 for further information,
to schedule a tour, or to be mailed an application packet.
Terry Amgott-Kwan, Admissions Coordinator
I am looking for private kindergardens that will admit kids w/
late birthday (Dec 16) in the east bay. Right now, only
Crestmont and StepOne are on my list to check out for next year.
Montessori Community School in El Cerrito (Cutting below
Arlington), 510-234-1185, will take kindergarteners with a Dec
Our daughter has a December birthday and just completed the
Bridge-K program at Hearts Leap School. It was a great
experience - more academic growth than the regular preschool
class, but a small, intimate setting with lots of playtime and
play experiences. There are only 12 kids with 2 wonderful
teachers. The kids all have their birthday from June -
December. This year she'll start kindergarten at Redwood Day
School. I feel she's much more prepared emotionally as well as
academically for elementary school than if she had went into
kindergarten as one of the youngest kids.
The Jewish Community Center in Walnut Creek has a WONDERFUL
kindergarten program! Teacher Stephany is into nature, animals,
science in addition to the basics. Many of the children in her
class have late year bdays so aren't quite ready, or can't get
into the public K. She has been there for years, and has a lot
of latitude so can go beyond classroom basics. Generally there
are no more than 15-18 students in the class.
There were many non-Jewish classmates in my boys' class, as is
often the case, so don't let religion deter you if you're not
Jewish. There is an 'awareness' of Judaism taught, but it's not
a religious program at all.
It would be worth your while to explore this wonderful option
for your child. I am pretty sure they accept Dec. bdays into
the Kindergarten there.
Beacon School in Oakland assesses each Kindergarten applicant for
readiness. As a general rule, the youngest child we take for
Kindergarten 4 years and 11 months old. Beacon is a year-round
school with a developmentally-responsive curriculum. Therefore we are
looking for an age range in all grades of up to 2 years. Please call the
Admissions Office at (510) 437-2311 for further information or to
schedule a tour.
If you are saying that you would like to send a 4 and a half
year old to a regular Kindergarten class, I recommend against
it. There are many areas (emotional, mental, social,
physical,etc) that a child needs to be ready and it isn't fair
to the child nor the other children to put a kid in
Kindergarten knowing full well he/she will repeat-- because
he/she probably will/ought to should you send him/her that
I highly recommend Tops in Orinda for their DK program. It is
even better than any kindergarten I've had contact with. My 5
and a half year old just completed it last year and I am so
glad. He definitely is ready for regular kindergarten now.
Mom of 2 elementary school kids
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