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Students must be six years old by September 1, 2016, in order to apply for first grade enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year. However, if your child will become six years old between September 2, 2016 - December 31, 2016, he/she may qualify for an exception to the age requirement for first grade enrollment. 

To qualify for this exception, your child:
(1) must become six years old between September 2, 2016 - December 31, 2016;
(2) must have attended preschool and kindergarten at the same non-public school, or the same public school outside Illinois;
(3) must have been taught in kindergarten by an appropriately certified teacher; and
(4) must be deemed ready by the non-public school (or the public school outside Illinois) to work at the first grade level.
 
If you are applying for first grade enrollment for your child under this age exception, you must apply via paper application and you must submit a First Grade Age Exception Form to the Office of Access and Enrollment along with your application.

NOTE: If you are exercising the first grade age exception, and you are submitting both the Standard Elementary Schools application and the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools application, you must apply to first grade on both applications; you cannot apply to first grade on one application and to kindergarten on the other.

Should you have any questions regarding this process, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2105 or oae@cps.edu.