View Full Version : All LA Metro Should You Wait A Year Before Your Child Starts Kindergarten?

08-07-2011, 09:23 AM
A recent article in the Los Angeles Times, "On The Question Of When To Start Kindergarten, There's No Easy Answer," raised several issues to consider if your grappling with the decision to "redshirt" your child or hold him/her back a year before starting kindergarten. This is a growing trend, according to the article.

According to the L.A. Times, schools are placing more emphasis on academic achievement, standardized testing and parents are increasingly focused on kids' emotional needs. The article points out that research on the question of whether or not to hold a child back before starting kindergarten is mixed. Some experts believe there are benefits to a child being one of the oldest in his/her class, while other research shows few benefits to "redshirting" and even discovered some kids who are older than their classmates exhibit behavioral problems.

So, what's a parent to do? First, understand that in L.A. the vast majority of top private elementary schools want kids who are close to 6 years-old (or already 6) when they start kindergarten.

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