DEVELOPMENTAL KINDERGARTEN ACADEMY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is DKA?
Developmental Kindergarten Academy (DKA) is the first year of a two-year Kindergarten experience for children who turn five between September 2nd and December 2nd. It is designed to build a solid foundation for success in school for “young” five year olds. It gives the gift of time to develop the skills that will prepare them to be successful lifelong learners.
Who is eligible for the 2021-2022 school year?
Any child eligible for Kindergarten enrollment and children who will turn 5 years of age between September 2 and December 2, 2021.
When are classes?
The current year classes meet from 9:00 - 12:50.
Where do I register my DK student?
Registration is completed through the parent portal. See the DKA/ Kindergarten Enrollment tab.
Where will classes be?
Classes for this program have been centralized in the district so not all elementary schools have a class at their site.
For the current school year Developmental Kindergarten will meet as follows:
Your child will attend Kolb Elementary if your School of Residence is:
Your child will attend Dougherty Elementary if your School of Residence is:
Your child will attend Dublin Elementary if your School of Residence is:
How do I register my child?
Register your child for Kindergarten, on the online portal, and the school will place your child in DKA.
Additional Information Re: First Grade Enrollment
California law requires a child to be six years old on or before September 1 for the 2014–15 school year and each school year thereafter to be legally eligible for first grade EC Section 48010.
A child who was legally enrolled in an out-of-state Kindergarten for one school year (using that state's requirements), but who does not meet California age eligibility for first grade, may, with parental consent, be enrolled by the district in first grade (EC Section 48011).
A child who was not age-eligible for Kindergarten (the child turned five after September 1 in the 2014-15 school year or thereafter) and who attended a California private school kindergarten for a year is viewed by the CDE as not legally enrolled in kindergarten, pursuant to EC Section 48000 requirements. Therefore, this child, upon enrollment in public school, is enrolled in kindergarten, assessed, and may (but is not required to) be immediately promoted to first grade if the child meets the following State Board of Education criteria, pursuant to Title 5, Section 200:
- The child is at least five years of age.
- The child has attended a public school kindergarten for a long enough time to enable school personnel to evaluate the child's ability.
- The child is in the upper 5 percent of the child's age group in terms of general mental ability.
- The physical development and social maturity of the child are consistent with the child's advanced mental ability.
- The parent or guardian has filed a written statement with the district that approves placement in first grade.
A statement, signed by the district and parent/guardian, is placed in the official school records for these five-year-olds who have been advanced to first grade (EC Section 48011). This action prevents a subsequent audit exception for first grade placement of an age-ineligible student.
(According to the California Department of Education webpage)