How do you determine whether your child should skip a grade and on what should you base your decision?

John started reading when he was just three years old. As he entered kindergarten, his reading level tested out at the second grade level. After meeting with the school psychologist, his parents opted to move him right into first grade and skip kindergarten altogether.

Sarah, John's kindergarten classmate, showed a special ability for math. At kindergarten orientation, she demonstrated that she could already do addition and subtraction, and had a clear grasp of the concept of multiplication. But her parents decided not to push Sarah a grade ahead. Instead, the school arranged for her to take math class with second graders and remain with her kindergarten peers for the majority of the school day.

If your child shows exceptional abilities in a particular subject or an overall advanced intellectual capability, you may want to consider the possibility of moving ahead a grade. While it's nice that teachers are taking note of your child's gifts, you need to take careful consideration of what's best for your child in terms of both short-term progress and long-term plans.