I think each school district is different, but I haven't heard of a school system showing flexibility around the kindergarten cutoff date. I actually have a friend who's son missed the date by two days. She went as far as having him tested to show that he was more than ready to go to kindergarten but still the school district wouldn't budge. I can understand their point - if they let someone in who misses by 2 days, then why not two weeks or two months? But of course it's frustrating when you're the one who's child can't start kindergarten.
Typically private schools have different cutoff dates and allow younger kids so if that may be a possibility. But if you wanted him to go back to public school you probably couldn't do so for first grade (they'd make him do kindergarten again), you'd have to wait until 2nd grade.
But I wouldn't worry too much. There are lots of really great young five programs available that will keep your son academically challenged until he goes to kindergarten. And of course, there are lots of great advantages to being one of the oldest in the class. Many parents who have kids who are eligible actually elect to keep them out of kindergarten for an extra year.
wher i live, the cut off date is September 1st. Last year, my son missed it by 7 days. They are not flexable at all...So, my son is going to be 6 right after school starts, his b-day is 9/7, so I know how you feel.
You know what? I think its absolutely ridiculous. Children are not all the same and do not develop the same, so there should not be a cutoff date for all kids! I believe that if the parent feels their child is ready, there should be some kind of evaluation test they can give the child to see. My daughter wont be five until December 19 but she is very capable of starting kindergarten this fall. I think something should be done about this. They may change it if we stand together against this!
I also think this rule is absolutley ridiculous. My husband and I are living in Florida now with our 3 year old daughter. Her birthday is Sept 15th and we are seriously considering moving back to NY (where we are originally from) just so she can start kindergarten at 4. (New York's cut off date is December 1st, not to mention the education in NY is so much better than it is in Florida anyway).
We have a g-grandson who is just a day or so too late to start Kindergarten. I had thought that testing would be allowed to let him start, provided he passes everything. I guess if they let one through, they also must allow others. Oh well, we can continue to teach him here at home as well as take advantage of local field trip areas...libraries, museums etc. He is a sponge right now and is sooo ready to learn. Amazing kiddos nowadays, what with computers and educational television! The socialization is what we really wanted him to experience. There again, perhaps we can meet up with other youngsters and their families who are in the same situation.
I am a Kinder teacher in CA and our cutoff is also Sept. 1st. The last 2 years I would say that 60% or more of my class had just turned 5 in the summer right before school starts. I currently have a student who turned 6 in December and she is by far the most immature student in my class even though she is 6 to 8 months older than a lot of the kids in my class. My point being, is that I don't feel like being 5 by Sept. 1st makes your child more ready for Kindergarten. Kids all develop at different stages and some are ready earlier than others. My daughter is turning 5 at the end of September but will be starting Kindergarten at a private school. We are planning on moving to Texas in the summer of 2016 so I am hoping that we will be able to start her in 1st grade. If we have to I suppose we will do 1st grade in a private school and then move her to a public school for 2nd grade.
I can definitely understand and relate to your concerns. My daughter is missing the cutoff by 13 days and she is absolutely ready for kindergarten. Having to wait another year because of 2 weeks is concerning because I don't want her to be bored. There are many kids in her preschool class that meet the age requirements but are not ready for Kindergarten but yet she is ready and can't go. I understand if they let her through they have to let others too, but it a difference between someone who misses the cutoff by a few days and someone who misses it by a month or so. I even have the preschool teacher recommendation, and we are still fighting for her to get it. We shall see, hopefully they give her a chance! Good luck to you and your son!
So my son missed the cut off last year by 30 days so I pushed and pushed his private school to let him go to kinder and they did. Now he is able to go to 1st with a letter from his kinder teacher and me signing a waiver.
Don't give up.. I'm in SoCal and I know a couple parents who got their kids in