In the Chicago Public Schools system, students must be five years of age, on or before September 1st to enter kindergarten, and six years of age, on or before September 1st, to enter first grade.
On June 26, 2019, the Chicago Board of Education voted to adopt a policy in response to the State of Illinois Accelerated Placement Act, which allows for the following:
Early entrance to kindergarten
Early entrance to first grade
Whole-grade acceleration (grade skipping)
EARLY ENTRANCE TO KINDERGARTEN
Early entrance to kindergarten is the admission of a student to kindergarten who will reach the age of five years old between the dates of September 2nd and December 31st of the year in which they wish to enroll. In order to apply for Early Entrance to Kindergarten, the student must have attended at least one year of preschool. A testing fee of $50.00 will apply for Early Entrance to Kindergarten for city of Chicago residents; students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch waivers are exempt from the testing fee.
Non-Chicago residents: Applicants who are not residents of the city of Chicago by the application deadline must pay a testing fee of $250.00.