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Early Entrance to Kindergarten


The first year for primary school for DCPS begins with students who turn

age 5 on or before August 1 for the 2023-24 school year. In accordance

with KRS 158.031(6), DCPS has established criteria for early entrance into

kindergarten, for students who have mastered early childhood benchmarks

before age 5. Students who turn 5 years old between August 2 and

October 1 will be eligible to enroll provided that the student meets criteria

established by the Daviess County Board of Education. The deadline to

submit the Petition for Early Entrance to Kindergarten is March 1- March 31, 2023.

After the March 31, 2023 deadline, there will not be any opportunities to

petition the district for Early Entrance to kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year. 


Criteria for Early Entrance


  • Child must be a resident of Daviess County, Kentucky; and 


  • Child must turn 5 between August 2 and October 1 of the admission

     year; and 

  • Child must meet the qualifications on the BRIGANCE Screening in the

    three assessment areas: core assessments, self-help, and social-

   emotional scales. 


Early Entrance to Kindergarten Petition Process


  • Parents will complete the early entrance to kindergarten application available

    beginning March 1,2023- March 31, 2023 by clicking here or by picking one up at our reception desk.

  •  Parents will be contacted via phone to set up a screening time 
  • The student will be assessed by certified DCPS Staff on May 12,2023
  • Applications will not be accepted after March 31, 2023
  • Parents will be notified of their child's screening results no later than June 1, 2023



If you have additional questions about the petition process, please contact 

Jana Beth Francis, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning at 270-852-7000.


The Daviess County Public Schools district prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital or parental status, political affiliations or beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, disability, or limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions in its employment practices, educational programs and activities, and provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.