The Early Entrance application deadline is February 15.
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District has developed standardized criteria and procedures to allow for careful consideration of parents’ requests for early entrance to kindergarten and first grade. Early entrance and admission age information is also available by reading Board of Education Policy No. 421.
How to Request Early Entrance
Parents/guardians seeking early entry for their child will make a written request (not e-mail) to the Director of Elementary Education (MaryBeth Paulisse) at the District Services Center (7106 South Avenue, Middleton WI 53562) postmarked by February 15 of the previous school year. This letter of request should include the child's full name, date of birth, grade level into which early entrance is being sought, and parent contact information (names, phone numbers, emails and mailing addresses[es]).
District staff will send a screener for parents to complete. These screeners must be submitted to the District by March 1st to ensure completion of needed assessments prior to registration deadlines. Children meeting achievement and behavioral criteria on the screener will be referred for additional evaluation.
Parents will receive a call from district staff, usually a school psychologist, who will discuss additional assessments that are needed and schedule a date and time to begin the assessments. Additional assessments will consist of:
Academic Assessment in reading and mathematics
Iowa Acceleration Scale based upon observation, interview and formal assessment results as determined by the District, to determine academic ability, achievement levels and developmental readiness for Kindergarten.
Other assessments as determined by the District may be administered based upon the results from any of the above assessments.
Please note that these assessments will be administered in order. Students not meeting district criteria in a particular assessment will not be assessed further.
Once assessments are completed, a written summary of the student’s performance compared to district standards as well as whether the request is approved or not will be sent to the parents/guardians.
A student moving into the District after the start of the school year who is younger than the state’s September 1st cut off date, and has attended a four-year-old oOne Columnr other kindergarten program will not automatically be admitted to kindergarten. The early entrance evaluation team will consult and determine how to proceed with the evaluation.