Kindergarten Admissions

Requirements for Admission

To be considered for Kindergarten Admission, Students must:

  • Be 5 years of age on or before July 15th of the school year of interest.
  • Show that they are developmentally 5 to 5-and-a-half using our developmental screening.

Sumner Academy assesses developmental age through use of the Gesell Developmental Observation-Revised (GDO-R) screening (to learn more about the GDO-R, click here). Students who are five but do not meet our developmental requirements for Kindergarten may be eligible to attend our Pre-Kindergarten. 

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Admissions Process

The typical Kindergarten Admissions Process is as follows:

  1. Schedule a tour of the school. On your tour, our Director of Admissions will speak to you in the Admissions Office, give you a packet of information, and take you on a tour of the campus. This is a great time to ask as many questions as you'd like. Plan to stay for about an hour.
  2. Schedule a GDO-R screening date by calling or emailing the admissions office.
    Students complete the GDO-R. The completed Student Application and Application Fee ($60) are due at this time. The Observation takes between 20 and 25 minutes, and parents will often be asked to stay and speak with the administrator afterward.
  3. Parents receive an admissions decision by mail. If accepted, this packet will include a contract, fees, and other necessary information to complete enrollment.

Enrollment Process

Once a child is accepted into our program, families must enroll in order to reserve a spot for their child the following school year.

  1. Complete, sign, and submit your contract to the Main Office with the registration fee. This reserves a spot for your child and enrolls them in our Kindergarten Program.
  2. Submit a copy of your child's birth certificate, an original Tennessee Certificate of Immunization, emergency form(s), medication authorizations (if needed), grandparent form, and any other specified documents. 

*Applications for admission are accepted on the basis of test results, previous school records, and personal qualifications without regard to race, creed, or national origin.