Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can kindergarten attendance be deferred on the basis of maturity?

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    State Board of Education regulations allow parents/guardians to submit a one year level of maturity waiver for a kindergarten age child if the parents believe that a delay in kindergarten attendance is in the best interest of their child. Such a child, however, must attend kindergarten the next year. Kindergarten aged students cannot attend public prekindergarten.  This includes kindergarten aged students with a kindergarten waiver on file. 

     

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  • How old must children be to enroll in Kindergarten?

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    Children must be five years old by September 1 to enroll in kindergarten. 

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  • What is the mandatory kindergarten law and when did it go into effect?

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    The mandatory kindergarten attendance law, which went into effect in Maryland on July 1, 1992, establishes two requirements: a. The minimum age of compulsory school attendance is lowered to five years of age; and -- b. Children are required to attend kindergarten before entering first grade.

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  • When does registration begin for school year 2020-2021?

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    Registration for the 2020-2021 school year begins: April 1, 2020.  

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