My son turned 5 in October so missed the public school kindergarten cut-off which is September 1. His school is for preschool to 1st grade, and this year he was scheduled for pre-k which was 3 days a week. I work and it would be easier to have him in school 5 days; the director suggested as he was fairly close to the deadline to put him in the kindergarten class. My assumption initially was that he would go to private school kindergarten and then move to public school with his brother for kindergarten the next year.
He has been in kindergarten all year and has excelled. He is reading well, doing very well in math and writing, and enjoys school. He seems at least as mature as the other children and more advanced academically than most others, although it is admittedly a very small class that I am comparing him with.
So here is the problem--what to do next year? A few educator friends have said to put him in kindergarten again--the idea was would I rather he have an edge or just be average and very young in 1st grade. Others say of course he should move up as he is doing so well. I don't want him to be bored if he goes to kindergarten again but am told that teachers will differentiate to make it challenging for him in kindergarten. Another issue is cost--private school is not cheap and I am not wealthy! Public school will not budge as to his grade level--where I live there is no testing to determine that he could go to 1st grade as his age determines he will be in kindergarten (they hold firm to the age requirement until 2nd grade).
So, any thoughts? Maybe someone has gone through this? Thanks for any insight!!