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 are alternative program settings and supervised home instruction?

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    The mandatory kindergarten attendance regulations permit age eligible kindergarten children who are not attending a public or a nonpublic kindergarten to be enrolled in either an alternative program setting or supervised home instruction.

         Alternative Program Setting:

           Supervised Home Instruction:

    • Parents/guardians who home school their children must register with their local school system in order to be in compliance with home schooling regulations.
    • Parents of students who attend Alternative Settings must register their child with Anne Arundel County Public Schools prior to the opening of school.
    • Send the letter to the Office of Early Childhood and School Readiness, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
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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 2021-2022?

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    Registration for the 2021-2022 school year begins: April 7, 2021.  

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