North Royalton City Schools News Article

North Royalton City Schools Changing Birthdate Cutoff for Kindergarten Eligibility

Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, North Royalton City Schools will be changing the birthdate cutoff for age eligibility to enroll in kindergarten.  Currently, the District requires children to be five (5) by September 30 of the upcoming school year.  This birth date cut-off will change to August 1 beginning with the 2022-23 school year.  Children will now need to be five (5) by August 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten.

There are several reasons for this change. All students entering kindergarten will be at least five (5) years old.  Child development is more in line with the increasing academic, social, and emotional demands being expected of the District’s youngest learners.  In addition, many neighboring communities, including St. Albert the Great already have August 1 as their cut-off date.  “This is important because, as we have seen in the past, families begin to think of our kindergarten as a preschool, which impacts the breadth of instruction that must be delivered,” said Director of Pupil Services Julie Bogden, North Royalton City Schools.  “We realize this will be a change for our community.  It is our belief that this change leverages all children with the long-term foundation needed for strong academic success.”

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