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Admission to 1st Grade / Enrollment Guidelines

HSE Policy J03.01.01… “A child residing in the Hamilton Southeastern Schools and having successfully completed a Kindergarten Program - public, private, or homeschool is eligible to enter grade one.  Children not having completed a Kindergarten program will be assessed for proper placement.”

Appeal Procedure for Early Entrance to Grade 1:
Indiana Code 20-33-2-7(b)… “If a student enrolls in school as allowed under section 6 of this chapter and has not attended kindergarten, the superintendent shall make a determination as to whether the student shall enroll in kindergarten or grade 1…”

Hamilton Southeastern Schools appeal procedure requires evidence of successful completion of a kindergarten program such as a report card and attendance report, or phone interview with the school director in order to enroll as “early entrance” to 1st grade.  Evidence will be reviewed by the Executive Director of Elementary Education prior to enrollment.

If the child has not completed a kindergarten program, was homeschooled, or does not have evidence of a successful kindergarten completion, an Application for Early Entrance to First Grade must be submitted by August 1 and the child will need to participate in an interview/assessment with the building principal or the Executive Director of Elementary Education.  The building principal will work with HSE central office to make a determination about first grade readiness.   

A child who transfers to Hamilton Southeastern Schools from another state or country, is six (6) years of age, or has otherwise met eligibility requirements for first grade in another state or country, is entitled to continuation of services in first grade if they attended an accredited public or private first grade program prior to enrollment in Hamilton Southeastern Schools.

Any overall questions about school readiness and child development can be directed to Dr. Stephanie Loane, Executive Director of Elementary Education.

**IMPORTANT! Due to the COVID-19 shelter in place, please EMAIL completed Application for Early Entrance to First Grade to Dr. Stephanie Loane at sloane@hse.k12.in.us to ensure prompt response as we are not able to gain access to the buildings to check for mail. 

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

  • Central Office
  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100  (800) 905-6665

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Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.