Early Entry

  • A child who turns four years old on or before April 16 of the current school year can apply for Early Kindergarten Entry (EKE) for the following year. A candidate for Early Kindergarten Entry must show advanced development in intellectual, academic, social and emotional maturity in addition to an interest in learning.

    Parents and guardians can pick up an EKE application packet at an elementary school or request a digital copy at eke@wcpss.net beginning the week of April 22. The packets contain additional information about students who are prepared for EKE, dates and directions.

    The dates which parents and guardians can submit the completed packets are based on the child’s base school assignment. Please be aware that EKE applications will be reviewed no earlier than five business days prior to the first day of the school year at the applicant’s base school. Therefore, it is probable that an EKE applicant will not be starting school on the first day of the school year.  

    Completed application packets can be mailed or delivered to:  

    Intervention and Advanced Learning Services
    Wake County Public School System
    5625 Dillard Drive
    Cary, NC  27518

    If you have questions about EKE, call the office of Intervention and Advanced Learning Services at (919) 533-7021.