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First Grade

Anne Arundel County Public Schools offer First Grade in all elementary schools. Children must be six on or before September 1 to be eligible. First grade curriculum correlates to the Maryland Content Standards. Parents are informed of student achievement 4 times a year through report cards and at fall parent/teacher conferences. Report Cards indicate “Consistently Demonstrating”, “Developing” and “Needs Improvement” for specific skills. Interim Reports may be given mid-marking period. 

Registration Information.

  • Children must be six-years-old by September 1 of the school year to enroll in First Grade. Contact your local school for information about office hours. Information about individual school programs is available at http://www.aacps.org/

·         Children who do not meet the age requirements and were admitted early to a non-public kindergarten program will not automatically be enrolled in grade 1 in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The child’s parents/guardians can apply for early admission to grade 1 and if the child meets the performance requirements required by AACPS regulations then the child will be granted early admission. The first step in this process is registering for kindergarten at the elementary school assigned to the family’s residence and completing the early admission to grade 1 application.  

You will need to bring the following documents with you when you register your child:

  • Child’s birth certificate
  •  A copy of your child’s immunization record
    • Check immunization requirements at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines
    • Proofs of residency
      • Lease or mortgage document along with one additional document with the same address such as:
        • Current utility or phone bill
        • Income tax of property tax notice
      • A notarized Tenant Verification Form available at school offices

View information on Enrolling at AACPS

 Early Admission to Grade One

Anne Arundel County Public Schools has developed a process and guidelines for early admission to Grade One. A parent of guardian may request early admission to first grade if their child meets the following criteria: 

  • The child turns six years of age after September 1 and on or before October 15 of the school year for which they are requesting early admission
  • The child demonstrates exceptional achievement and ability on standardized tests
  • Applications submitted between the April kindergarten registration period and the beginning of kindergarten

The procedures for requesting early admission to grade one are conducted at the child's home school.  The process and guidelines documents are available on AACPS Intranet (search: Early Childhood/Early Admission Forms).