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Academic Redshirting

Definition of Academic Redshirting



Academic redshirting:  The practice of postponing an age-eligible child's kindergarten entry by a year, typically one whose birthday is very close to the cut-off date. Academic redshirting is often done in order to provide some extra time for social, intellectual or physical maturation.

In rare cases, a child may be academically redshirted in order to give him the advantage of an extra year's development when playing sports in high school.

Also Known As: holding out a year; delayed school entry; postponed kindergarten entrance

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