Will my child be ready for Kindergarten?

At Spring Valley Academy we uphold the idea that childhood is not a race, and that when it comes to readiness, age is just one piece of the equation.

Is my child required to start school at age 5? What if they will be a young 5 because they have a summer birthday- can I wait and give them more time to develop?

The Ohio state law says that students entering Kindergarten must at minimum turn 5 by September 30th. But you are not required to start your child in school the year that they turn 5. In fact, you are allowed to wait until the year they turn 6 years old.

This is an important detail for parents of children who may be wondering whether or not their child will be ready to start Kindergarten next year, especially those children who have summer or early fall birthdays. If your child’s fifth birthday falls in May, June, July, August, or September, we will recommend that they are screened with our Gesell Developmental Readiness Assessment. The information gathered will help you make an informed decision on what is best for your child.