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Early Admission to Kindergarten

Some families may feel their child is ready to start kindergarten earlier than the age determined by State Law. While MPS does not typically recommend beginning kindergarten prior to age 5, we do offer an evaluation process to determine eligibility based on social and academic levels of each child that requests early admission. We suggest reviewing the High Five Grade Level Expectations for guidance. 


  • The child must turn 5 years old between Sept 2 and Oct 31.
  • Early Childhood Screening (clear pass). Please contact Early Childhood Screening to schedule an appointment 612.668.3715.


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Steps for Early Admission to Kindergarten 

  1. Submit a Request Form by April 1, 2024 

  1. Complete and submit the Parent Packet.   

  1. Successful completion of BOTH: 

    • Academic Assessment administered by MPS Staff (April) 

    • In-Class Observation at an MPS school (May) 

Placement Information

  • Early Admission to Kindergarten Requests will be reviewed after all other lottery assignments have been made.
  • Placement in Early Admission to Kindergarten is provisional; pending approval of the Kindergarten Teacher within the first month of school.
  • ​Families are strongly encouraged to submit another request for High Five (Preschool) by the February 7, 2024 deadline.
  • ​A school options dependent on availability AFTER age eligible students are placed.
  • Minneapolis School District Age of Entrance Policy and Age of Entrance Procedures.

Connect with us

If you have questions about submitting a request for Early Admission to Kindergarten, please contact 

Bridie Bezerra Musser, Program Coordinator