Title: School Entrance Age and Initial Placement
Adopted: January 4, 1995
SCHOOL ENTRANCE AGE AND INITIAL PLACEMENT
In accordance with state education laws, a child who has reached age five by October 15 is eligible to enroll in school. Portland Public Schools permits five-year-olds (by October 15) to be placed in a developmentally appropriate kindergarten program, with the specific placement assigned by designated school staff after screening, consultations, and communication with parents or legal guardians.
Once a child has enrolled in school, every effort will be made to assure appropriate placement. A parent or legal guardian may appeal a five-year-old’s placement decision within 20 days after entering school by requesting, in writing, a review to the building principal. In the event of a parent or teacher placement request, a school based education team consisting of a kindergarten teacher, administrator, and other appropriate staff may consider another placement in accordance with the following criteria:
C. Physical and motor skills;
D. Intellectual; and
E. Aesthetic and artistic.
Should the parents or legal guardian wish to appeal the decision of the school-based education team, they may appeal to the director of elementary education within 14 days of the school-based decision through a written request.
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