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Kindergarten in Montgomery County Schools


Any child who turns 5 years old on or before August 1, 2023 is eligible for kindergarten, per state regulations.  It is recognized that some children may have advanced academic and social skills and are ready to begin their formal education before they reach that age.  In order to provide for these children, the Board of Education has established a policy for early entrance.

Children who will turn five years old after August 1, 2023 may be eligible to enroll in kindergarten through an early entry application, provided they meet criteria established by the Board. The application for early entrance testing must be made, in writing, prior to April 30, 2023, and returned to Montgomery County Schools' Central Office at 3400 Indian Mount Drive, Mt. Sterling, KY  40353.


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Criteria for Early Entrance

As outlined in state law (KRS 158.030(3)), the district has established criteria for early entrance as follows:

  • A score at or above the 96th percentile on District determined assessment(s)
  • Scores on standardized intelligence test, behavior rating scales, and standardized achievement test at or above the 96th percentile;
  • Consideration of availability of space and funding



The District must receive applications for early admission to kindergarten no later than April 30, 2023.


Questions regarding kindergarten enrollment or other issues regarding school registration should be directed to Marti Escalante at (859) 497-8760 ext. 6024.