Early Entrance to Kindergarten

  • Note: The application process for the 2022-23 school year has concluded. This opportunity will be available again Aug. 15 through Oct. 7 for the 2023-24 school year.

  • Early entrance into kindergarten is governed by law through KRS 158.030, and parents/guardians may petition a year in advance for early enrollment through Kentucky's public school districts. In Fayette County, families may fill out an application between Aug. 15 and Oct. 7.

    A child must turn 4 years old on or before Oct. 31 for assessment and observation opportunities. A parent/guardian must complete the online application (or obtain a paper application) to begin the process, and we must receive it by Oct. 7. Then:  

    1. Students showing a need for acceleration will be assessed, and they must obtain a 96 percentile on the kindergarten readiness exam to proceed. Assessments will be administered in late October, and preschool specialists will conduct school-level observations and readiness tests.
    1. The student must score 75% to be considered for a possible placement. Families will be notified in mid-December if their student has met the eligibility requirements for early entrance to kindergarten for the following school year.


    Because of the timeline and multiple steps in the process, we are unable to accept any late applications.


  • Contact us

    Julie Gann,
    GT coordinator
    (859) 381-4727 or -4741

  • Note: Families may also apply for the kindergarten programs at Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet Elementary and/or Dixie Magnet Elementary. Early entrance there depends on both the lottery placement and the early-entry kindergarten placement decision. The application window for Maxwell and Dixie runs Aug. 15 through Oct. 7.