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Kindergarten Early Admission

Kindergarten early entry was suspended for the 2020-21 school year for reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you are interested in early entry for the 2021-22 school year, please complete an early admission request form. However, at this time we are unsure if early entry will take place. If you submit a request form, you will be notified when we know more about early entry plans.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to discuss options.

Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the school year are eligible to enroll in kindergarten.



The following process has been used for kindergarten early entry in previous years. It does not apply in 2020–21. 


Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the school year are eligible to enroll in kindergarten. If your child will turn 5 later in September and you believe he or she would qualify for and benefit from advanced grade placement, you may request early entry for your child.

Age requirement: To be eligible to request early admission, your child must be 5 years old on or before September 30 of the upcoming school year. The Eugene School District will evaluate early admission requests only for those students whose birth dates are in September. No exceptions will be made for children born after September 30.

Residency requirement: Families who wish to request both early admission and a school choice transfer within the school district, or from another school district into 4J, must first be approved for early admission before they may submit a transfer request.

Process for early entry requests:

  • Application: Complete and submit the early admission request form by August 1. No applications will be accepted past this deadline.
  • Assessment: Assessment takes place in August. You will be notified of the date and time for your child’s assessment. Your child’s assessment will take approximately 30–45 minutes and will cost $100.
  • Review and recommendation: The Early Entry Assessment Team and one of the Educational Support Services administrators will review the data, make a recommendation, and notify you of whether your child’s request for early entry has been accepted or denied. Your child’s early entry status also will be forwarded to all district elementary and K–8 schools.

Cost: The cost of the early entry assessment is $100. Payment may be submitted at the time of your child’s assessment. Checks should be made payable to Eugene School District 4J. A fee reduction may be available based on family income guidelines.

Questions? Please call 4J’s Student Services Department at 541-790-7800.