Early Admission Derogations

In Quebec, students must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2024, in order to attend kindergarten in the fall of 2024.

Under certain conditions, specified by the Quebec Ministry of Education, students may begin kindergarten or Cycle 1.1 early, through a process called “Derogation”. These conditions are contained in the Education Act:

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Early Admission Derogation Process

  1. If you have not already done so, please ensure your child has Bill 101 approval (certificate of Eligibility to English Education) and is eligible to attend Western Québec School Board (WQSB) schools. Find more information on this requirement on the Eligibility to English Education page.
  2. A Parent Information Evening on the Early Admission Derogation will be held for parents via Zoom on January 23, 2024, at 7PM. Please register with the Complementary Services team using the contact information further down this page.
    • Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the Parent Information Evening before deciding to apply for early admission to school. The following questions will be addressed:
      • What is derogation?
      • Who is eligible to apply for derogation?
      • What are the requirements for qualifying for derogation?
      • What constitutes “school readiness” for Kindergarten?
      • Why does my child need a psychological assessment to complete the application?
      • How do I apply?
      • What to do if my school has a K4 program?
      • A brief question and answer period will follow.
    • Please note that this session does not address the Special Education Derogation Process. See the Special Needs page for information regarding this type of Derogation.
  3. When registering your child at the school in your catchment, please advise them that you are seeking early entry to kindergarten. You will be asked to complete and sign the “Parent Request for Early Admission Derogation”.
  4. An assessment completed by a psychologist is required, to confirm advanced skills. When choosing the psychologist to assess your child, please ensure that the professional is a Child Psychologist, registered in Quebec, who tests for Early Entry into Kindergarten/Derogation. A list of area psychologists is available from L’Ordre des psychologues du Québec (1-800-363-2644 or ordrepsy.qc.ca).
  5. The completed request form along with a copy of the psychological report should be submitted directly to the Complementary Services department of the Western Québec School Board (hcarriere@wqsb.qc.ca). Deadline for receipt of request and report is May 15, 2024.
  6. All Early Admission requests are reviewed by a Committee. Final decisions will be made during the week of May 25, 2024. Questions should be addressed to Lisa Falasconi, director of Complementary Services, using the contact information below.

Contact the Complementary Services Department

Helen Carriere, Assistant to the Director of Complementary Services

Call 819-684-2336 ext. 560 006 or send an email using the form on the Contact page and selecting Complementary Services & Special Education.

Lisa Falasconi, Director of Complementary Services

Call 819-684-2336 or send an email using the form on the Contact a member of Senior Administration page.

Complementary Services Department
Western Québec School Board
15 Katimavik, Gatineau (QC) J9J 0E9