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Strain-Japan School District
Kindergarten

Our student culture plays a key role in the experience at Strain-Japan School District. We’ve created a safe and accessible environment where students are encouraged to discuss ideas, collaborate on projects, share their work and receive feedback with pride. We give students the foundation to reach their potential and gain confidence both academically and socially.

  • Screening for kindergarten is done prior to entrance into kindergarten in the fall.  The purpose of the assessment is to identify children with significant deviations and indicate potential handicapping conditions. 

  • The entrance screening is held in the Spring each year.  Included in the screening tests will be the DIAL 4 (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning), a health screening, as well as a behavioral checklist completed by the examiners.  

  • Parents will be informed at the time of the screening of their child’s test results.  If a child has failed the vision or hearing test, the administrator will aid the parents in seeking appropriate care.  If the child has failed the speech/language test, the parents will be informed of the results.  The child will be pre-screened at the beginning of school for possible placement in the speech/language program. 

Readiness Assessment for Kindergarten 

  • According to law, a child entering kindergarten must be five before August 1, prior to the beginning of school. 

  • Changes in the law in recent years have eliminated the consideration of qualifying scores for children whose birthdays fall between August 1 and September 30, except in cities (St. Louis and Kansas City) with populations of 300,000.  Therefore, a child’s fifth birthday is the deciding criterion, not test scores.