J.B. asks from Chicago, IL on September 26, 2009
CPS Won't Let You Delay Enrollement If Your Child Has a Birthdate Before Sept.1
Hey moms, I am tackling the task of figuring out preschool for my 3 year old. His birthdate is August 28th. He was born early and is very little. I learned today at a Chicago Public School meeting that I can't choose to hold him back a year/give him a year to grow since he makes the September 1st cut off by 4 days. I am holding out hope that the private schools view this differently/give me a choice. Does anyone know if a private school in Chicago would? Perhaps a Catholic school? What about the schools in the suburbs? I am extremely disappointed in finding out this information and hoping you moms are going to have some great options and or suggestions for me. Thanks!!
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S.E. answers from Chicago on September 28, 2009
You're not legally obligated to provide education for a child until they are 6. You can also do homeschooling. There's lots of support for that and wonderful homeschool academies.
E.W. answers from Chicago on September 28, 2009
I know you can do it in Arlington Heights district 25. My friend was able to hold back her daughter who has a June birthday.
J.G. answers from Chicago on September 27, 2009
Lincolnwood let me hold my son back. They never even questioned me about my choice. My son has the exact birthday Aug. 28th. Technically he could be in 2nd grade now, but he is in 1st.
M.C. answers from Chicago on September 27, 2009
Can't you just hold what him back on your own and enroll him in the school of your choice the following year? CPS can't dictate what you do with your child. I was a CPS teacher (mind you, inner city) and we had kids being enrolled in 1st grade when they were the age of a 2nd grader but had never been to ANY school before...they have to take your child. Now I don't know if this affects which school your child tends (if you don't want your neighborhood school) but I just don't see how CPS can tell you what to do. You know your child and what's best for him.
A.N. answers from Chicago on September 27, 2009
Boy do I know about frustrating school systems !! On a FEW levels..I had 1 son born so busy...that I still think he has adhd ( he's 24 now, but was never diagnosed ) . We enrolled him in early childhood class when he was 4. Like kindergarten but structured to be a little more one on one. When he got to kindergarten.. he didn't do as well as he should have..and wasn't bad enough to hold back..so was put into JR. FIRST. a step between kindergarten and first. In this class.. he bloomed. Later in school years.. he began again to get in trouble.. this time when he was tested.. it was found he was far ahead of his class and bored so he'd cause trouble for something to do.. The school had him skip a grade..gave him a counselor to help with the transition, and again ( at least till teenage attitudes stepped in ) problem solved. I hope this will help raise some questions about your son that our lovely school system has failed to address with you. I couldn't afford private schools.
My sister could.. and she recomends that you ask about Montisorie ( not sure if I spelled that right) school systems.. where kids are not graduated from one year to another by calender years..but rather by abilities. My niece went though this .. it goes up to 8th grade. My neice is exceptionally bright and is now a special needs teacher in Fla.. for the exceptional deaf kids. Good luck with your future years of mommy hood..and hope it works out well.
A.M. answers from Chicago on September 27, 2009
I know plenty of people whose kids go to a cps school who are a year behind. So if you want to do that I would be more insistent and write to the principal. However, maybe your child doesn't show any signs of delay and so he may be better in with kids his own age. Private certainly will let you place him in whatever age group is good for you. Montessori can be a great option as it has mixed ages (3-6). here in Oak Park, there are quite a few montessoris. my little one goes to mosaic montessori in river forest for the toddler program and loves it.
A.C. answers from Chicago on September 27, 2009
I studied early childhood education in college, and one thing I remember is that children in IL do not HAVE to be in school until the age of 6. The law may have changed since then; I don't know. But I would think especially at 4, you aren't required to enroll your child in any type of schooling.
C.P. answers from Chicago on September 26, 2009
I think maybe you are worrying for nothing. Why don't you wait and see how your son does in school before you worry about him being too young/little? I think your worrying is a bit premature and you should give your son the chance to tackle this milestone with other kids the same age. He's not going to be the only kid with an August birthday in his class : ) And for sure there will be older kids that are also very small for their age... He could be the brightest kid in his class : ) Why not give him the chance to go to school with kids his own age?
D.F. answers from Chicago on September 27, 2009
Check out the Chicago Public Schools website, and look for schools in your region if you don't have a CPS directory. I believe the Catholic Schools are more flexible when it comes to birthdates. Now as your child gets older, CPS has alot of great options.
All the Best,
K.S. answers from Chicago on September 27, 2009
If you want to hold him back a year, inform CPS that you're sending him to a private. Then next year, perhaps you can start at CPS? You could even say you're homeschooling.
I'm just guessing here, not yet in this situation...
I.J. answers from Chicago on September 29, 2009
You are making the right decision. My son made the cutoff by 3 days by being born 3 months premature. Even our ped recommended holding him back. It was a great decision and our son Zach ios now 11 and in 5th grade and doing fabulously. It was the right thing to do especially since boys mature more slowly than girls.
Our son attends a Catholic school in the western suburbs.