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Screening Times: Confirmed students will need to arrive promptly at the start times below and may require the full session to complete the screening.
Potential Kindergarten students, 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Potential First Grade students, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Q: Are there alternative early screening testing dates?
A: No. The screening for early entrance into kindergarten or first grade will only be offered once each spring on the date noted above. Children will only be assessed one time for Early Entrance. However, once a child is enrolled in Barrington 220, instructional needs are continually reviewed by the educational team to determine if further supports are needed.
Q: How do I know if early entrance to kindergarten or first grade is the best choice for my child?
A: The purpose of the early entrance process is to make learning available to children who demonstrate commensurate grade level skills (fall targets applied) as measured by assessments administered by the District 220 and to provide students who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement with the opportunity to do so. Skills assessed: Gross and fine motor skills; social interaction; attention and engagement in tasks; early literacy and reading; number sense and math.
Students who enter school through the early entrance process must be capable of working in a classroom setting with children who are one year (or more) older.
The requirements for early entrance are aligned to fall achievement targets and standard age cognitive ability to ensure that students in an accelerated placement are socially and emotionally prepared for the learning.
Early entrance to kindergarten is not a replacement for child care. There are many preschools and daycare options available in the Barrington area.
Early enrollment in school may have long-term effects on your child. It is difficult to predict the potential social/emotional impact on your child as he or she progresses through elementary, middle, and high school.
Q: What should I expect of the early entrance assessment process?
A: A screening will be held for all qualifying applicants. An educational team will observe and assess your child in the areas noted above. Parents may not be present in the assessment area, but may wait in a designated waiting area. Results will not be available on the day of testing.
Q: How will I know if my child qualifies for early entrance?
A: After the screening, the district team will review the assessment data and provide a phone call regarding next steps. An official letter will also be mailed home regarding the screening. If further testing is required after the screening, consisting of a one-on-one cognitive assessment administered by a district psychologist, parents will be contacted with details and asked to provide consent. Upon completion of a formal report, results of the testing will be reviewed with the parents to discuss the recommended placement.
Q: How do I know if a kindergarten teacher outside of District 220 is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)?
A: To confirm that a kindergarten teacher is ISBE certified, click here and perform a public search. (Needed for early first grade entrance only).
We Are Barrington
Barrington 220 is a place where students establish the fundamentals to forge their own paths. We read, write, think, discuss, and create. As a current faculty member and proud graduate of Countryside, Prairie, and BHS, I look forward to working with students every day to create the next generation of thinkers, learners, and creators. There's nowhere else I'd rather teach. I'm proud to work in Barrington 220 and I'm glad you're here.Cary WaxlerBHS Social Studies Teacher
Barrington 220 is an innovative school district that provides a breadth of offerings which prepare students to successfully pursue their passions. The support of our community is second to none. I am proud to serve on the Barrington 220 Board of Education! Sandra Ficke-BradfordBoard of Education President
Barrington 220 has done a great job with building avenues for us to explore. For example, there's choir, band and orchestra to explore the fine arts. There's robotics club, scholastic bowl, speech tournament, spelling bee. You can learn about languages, you can learn about cultures, you can learn about different types of people in general. Zar RomanStation Student
Teaching is shining a light on your students' paths. I love providing a nurturing environment for students to learn, making connections with families, and fostering a strong feeling of community. Together, we grow!Sandra ChangGrove Avenue Teacher
I really like the Barrington 220 School District because I think it's an enjoyable place and I feel like when you walk into any building it's a positive environment. Cami FordBHS Student
I love how Barrington 220 schools offer a bunch of unique opportunities such as the Spanish Dual Language Program, which I am fortunate to be a part of. It's such an eye-opening experience and when you get older it's almost a sense of biculturalism, which I think is very awesome to be a part of.Emerson WulbeckerPrairie student