South-Western City School District
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education establishes the following entrance age requirements for students, which are consistent with statute and sound educational practice, and directs that all eligible students be treated in an equitable manner.


A child may be eligible (depending on State/Federal Guidelines) for entrance into preschool if s/he applies for entrance and has not yet attained the age at which s/he will be admitted to kindergarten.


A child is eligible for entrance into kindergarten if s/he attains the age of five (5) on or before September 30th of the year in which s/he applies for entrance. A child under age six (6) who is enrolled in kindergarten will be considered of compulsory school age.

The Board may admit to kindergarten such children as may be ineligible by reason of age but demonstrate the ability and need to undertake a program of education.

The Board will admit to kindergarten any child who has not attained the entrance age requirements of this District, but who was properly enrolled in an accredited kindergarten program before transferring to this District.

While the District operates an all-day kindergarten program, a parent may enroll his/her child for only the minimum number of hours required by State law without penalty, and the Board shall accommodate such students.

First Grade

A child is eligible for entrance into first grade if s/he attains the age of six (6) on or before September 30th of the year in which s/he applies for entrance and has completed the kindergarten program of this District or an equivalent program elsewhere.

The Board directs the Superintendent to issue guidelines that designate the necessary standards and testing programs required for early admission.

Required Documents

The Superintendent/Designee shall require that each child who registers for entrance to school provide:



his/her birth certificate or similar documentation authorized by law as proof of age and birth date;



a certified copy of any custody order or decree together with any modification in such an order or decree;



proof of residency in the school district is required.

If such documents are not provided, the child may be admitted under the Superintendent's guidelines. Appropriate law enforcement authorities may be notified. However, a child who is placed in a foster home or residential facility (i.e., a group home for children, children’s crisis care facility, children’s residential center, residential parenting facility that provides twenty-four (24) hour child care, county children’s home, or district children’s home) will not be denied admission solely because the child does not present a birth certificate, comparable certification, or other comparable document upon registration. Such protected child will be admitted under temporary enrollment for a period of up to ninety (90) days to present the required documentation. The protected child and/or the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian will be so informed at the time of the child’s initial admission.

For early entrance requirements, see Policy 5409 Academic Acceleration, Early Entrance to Kindergarten, and Early High School Graduation.

R.C. 3313.64, 3313.641, 3313.672, 3313.673, 3321.01 et seq., 3321.05, 3323.01
R.C. 3324.10

Adopted 10/8/90
Revised 10/12/92
Revised 9/11/06
Revised 2/11/13
Revised 7/8/13
Revised 3/13/17

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