In Kindergarten and the early grades, most students attend a neighborhood or "zoned" school. All local schools are expected to admit students with disabilities on the same basis as all other students. Other options include programs for students on the autism spectrum and specialized programs managed by District 75.
All pre-Kindergarten students who have or may have disabilities need to be evaluated for a school-age IEP before they enter kindergarten.. Your Committee for Pre-School Education, housed in your district's Committee for Special Education, will coordinate the process.
Each year, the DOE publishes a guide for families of preschoolers receiving Special Education services. Download the most recent guide.
Kindergarten Enrollment for Families of Students with Disabilities
Use the DOE's School Search to locate schools near you.
What's Different from Pre-School?
- Because there is more emphasis on academic subjects, preschooler's IEPs need to be re-done before school starts.
- Support services that used to be provided separately may now become part of the student's classroom experience.
- If the student requires a service such as assistive technology, special transportation, medical support, or help from a paraprofessional, this must become part of the IEP.
Many of these services require a letter or prescription from the child's physician. Parents need to make sure they have this information before the IEP meeting.
The Elementary School Admissions Calendar
This is a general outline. Specific dates and events are posted.
January – March
Families participate in the Kindergarten Admissions Process:
- Visit Community Schools (your local CSE can provide you with more information about where and when).
- Visit District 75 schools and D75 programs in Community Schools
- Apply to zoned school and other schools of interest
Winter - Spring
Referral for Evaluation:
The DOE will review existing information (e.g., progress reports from teachers and related service providers, classroom work, evaluations) to determine what, if any, assessments are necessary. Families are notified accordingly.
Families are notified about Kindergarten offers.
The IEP team determines whether your child still needs support services.
- If so, they develop a new IEP, appropriate for a school-age child.
- If not, they determine what, if any, supports are still needed.
Families receive a Notice of Recommendation indicating the special education services recommended and where they will be provided.
A Shared Path to Success: Family Guide to Special Education Services for School-Age Children (NEW Fall 2014)
A comprehensive guide for families of students with disabilities. It details families' roles, rights and the processes associated with Special Education identification, referral, and services.
A Shared Path to Success: A Parent's Guide to Special Education Services, Kindergarten Supplement
This guide explains in detail the process for enrolling children who have been receiving services based on a preschool Individualized Education Program.