Age of Entrance for Beginners in the Public School
The board shall establish age requirements for the admission of beginners which are consistent with statute and sound educational practice and which ensure the equitable treatment of all eligible children.
A child is eligible for admission to kindergarten if he/she is five (5) years old on or before October 1.
The superintendent of schools shall require that each child who registers for entrance to school exhibit a birth certificate or similar documentation as proof of age and birth date.
Beginners are children entering the lowest grade of the elementary school above the kindergarten level who are attending the Bethlehem Area School District for the first time. They shall be admitted to school only during the first two (2) weeks of the annual school term.
An exception may be made, upon the recommendation of the principal and the approval of the superintendent of schools, for children of kindergarten age who move into the district before December 31 but after the expiration of the two-week admission period.
Children are eligible for admissions to the first grade if they are six (6) years old on or before October 1 of that year or if they have successfully completed the Bethlehem Area School District’s kindergarten program.
C. Early Admissions
Children not meeting the above criteria may be recommended for early admission to kindergarten or grade one if the following criteria are met:
1. Early admission requests must be submitted by May 1.
2. The requests must be submitted to the district in writing.
3. The child is recommended for early admission based on criteria established by
the Bethlehem Area School District.
4. Results of early admission testing are final. There is no appeal.
D. Open Enrollment
See Open Enrollment Policy