La Canada USD | AR 5111 Students
Age of Admittance to Kindergarten and First Grade
At the beginning of each school year, the Superintendent or designee shall enroll any eligible child who will have his/her fifth or sixth birthday on or before September 1 of that year into kindergarten or first grade, as applicable. (Education Code 48000, 48010)
Any child who will have his/her fifth birthday from September 2 through December 2 of the school year shall be offered a transitional kindergarten (TK) program in accordance with law and Board policy. (Education Code 48000)
(cf. 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention)
(cf. 6170.1 - Transitional Kindergarten)
On a case-by-case basis, a child who will have his or her fifth birthday after December 2 but during that same school year, may be admitted for enrollment in kindergarten or transitional kindergarten at any time of that school year with the approval of the child's parent or guardian, subject to the following conditions:
1. The governing board of the school district determines that the admittance is in the best interests of the child.
2. The parent or guardian is given information regarding the advantages and disadvantages and any other explanatory information about the effect of this early admittance.
(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)
3. A child who will reach the age of five on or before September 1 of the school year shall be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten at the beginning of that school year or at any later time in the same year. (Education Code 48000)
4. A child who will have reached the age of six years on or before September 1 of the current school year shall be eligible for enrollment in the first grade. (Education Code 48010)
Priority of Acceptance
When the Superintendent or designee is considering the approval of a request for an interdistrict transfer permit or application for residency based upon a parent or guardian's physical employment within district boundaries, priority shall be given to:
a. Continuing interdistrict transfer permit students already enrolled. Priority will be based on date of enrollment.
b. Students of full-time employees of LCUSD. Priority will be based on date of employment.
c. Siblings of continuing interdistrict transfer permit students and/or students whose residency is based upon a parent or guardian's physical employment within district boundaries, who are already enrolled. Priority will be based on date of the first child's enrollment in the district.
d. Students of part-time employees of LCUSD who physically work at least 10 hours per week within district boundaries. Priority will be based on date of employment.
e. Students whose parents/guardians are residents of the City of La Canada Flintridge whose district of residence is Glendale Unified School District (area typically know as Sagebrush) with proof of release from district of residence. Priority will be based on a lottery ranking of applications from within this interdistrict transfer permit request category.
f. Students whose parents/guardian physically work full-time (a minimum of 30 hours on average per week) within district boundaries. Priority will be based on a lottery ranking of applications from within this applicant pool.
g. Students whose parents/guardian physically work part-time (a minimum of 10 hours on average per week) within district boundaries. Priority will be based on a lottery ranking of applications from within this applicant pool.
h. Students applying under Open Enrollment provisions who are transferring from a program improvement school ranked in decile 1 on the Academic Performance Index. Priority will be based on a lottery ranking of applications from within this permit request category.
i. All other students applying under Open Enrollment provisions. Applications will be ranked by lottery.
In determining the issuance of permits and granting of new applications for residency based upon parent or guardian physical employment within district boundaries, the Superintendent shall adhere to classroom and grade level capacity limits are as follows:
TK-3: 19 students per classroom
4-6: 27 students per classroom
7-12: 336 students per grade level
Resource Specialist Program: 24 students per RSP teacher caseload
Special Day Classes: (K-6) 8 students per classroom
(7-12) 12 students per classroom
Speech and Language program: 40 students per speech and language pathologist caseload
Documentation of Age/Grade
Prior to the admission of a child to kindergarten or first grade, the parent/guardian shall present proof of the child's age. (Education Code 48002)
Evidence of the child's age may include: (Education Code 48002)
1. A certified copy of a birth certificate or a statement by the local registrar or county recorder certifying the date of birth
2. A duly attested baptism certificate
3. A passport
4. When none of the above documents is obtainable, an affidavit of the parent/guardian
5. Other means prescribed by the Board
Administrative LA CANADA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
approval: May 14, 2019 La Canada Flintridge, California