Early Admission to Prekindergarten
Criteria for Early Admission to Prekindergarten
A child who will be 4 years old between September 2 and October 15 of the school year in which the child applies for entrance is eligible for consideration for early admission to prekindergarten under specific circumstances.
In accordance with Maryland regulations, a 3 year old child, upon request by the parent or guardian, shall be admitted to prekindergarten if the Superintendent certifies that the child is from an economically disadvantaged or homeless family, or represents a student population that exhibits a lack of school readiness and has an active Individualized Education Program that requires prekindergarten placement.
Age of School Attendance for Kindergarten
Pursuant to Maryland regulations, a child must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the school year in which the child applies for entrance to be admitted to kindergarten.
Parents/Guardians who seek early admission consideration should inquire at their home schools, and complete an application at the home school. Applications for early admission will be accepted from April 15, 2019 to May 15, 2019. Parents who move into Anne Arundel County after May 15th may apply from May 16, 2019 – August 15, 2019.
Criteria for Early Admission to Kindergarten
A child who will be 5 years old between September 2 and October 15, 2019 is eligible for consideration for early admission to kindergarten.
In accordance with Maryland regulations, an age eligible child who has demonstrated capabilities warranting early admission by meeting the Anne Arundel County Public Schools early admission criteria on the required assessments, may be granted early admission.
AACPS administers the Stanford 10-SESAT 1 (SESAT 1) to determine early admission to kindergarten. The SESAT 1 is divided into five subtests to measure achievement in academic and social skills. The questions are multiple choice that have three possibilities. The scores for each subtest are reported in stanines rather than as numerical totals or letter grades. Students must score in the 8th stanine or higher in the Complete Battery Score on the fall kindergarten norms to qualify for early admission to kindergarten. The standards for early admission are very high to ensure that students are not frustrated by their advanced grade placement. There will be no consideration, including an appeals process, for children with birthdates beyond October 15.
Testing for early admission will commence mid-June 2019 and end no later than July 31, 2019.
Prior Enrollment in an In-State Nonpublic School
In accordance with State law and regulations, a child who is 5 years old on or before September 1 of the school year in which the child begins kindergarten in a nonpublic kindergarten program for part of the year may transfer to a public kindergarten program.
A child who is not 5 years old on or before September 1 of the year the child begins at a nonpublic kindergarten program may not transfer to kindergarten in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Parents/Guardians who request a transfer during the kindergarten year for a child admitted early to a nonpublic kindergarten program must apply for early admission to kindergarten and the child must meet the established criteria.
A child who does not meet the age requirements established under Maryland regulations but was granted early admission nonpublic prekindergarten/kindergarten program will not automatically be enrolled in kindergarten/grade 1 in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The child’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may apply for early admission to kindergarten or grade acceleration for grade 1. If the child meets the criteria established by AACPS, the child will be granted early admission to kindergarten or grade acceleration grade 1.
In accordance with Maryland regulations, a child who is 5 years old and moves to Maryland with previous enrollment in a public kindergarten program for part of the school year in another state shall be enrolled in kindergarten at AACPS. This reciprocity is granted with the understanding that other states may have established different criteria for determining the age for school attendance. Students transferring to kindergarten from out-of-state are enrolled as transfer students without using the early admission to kindergarten regulation.
Students who are 5 years old and have completed a public kindergarten program in another state, with a later age of entry are eligible for full reciprocity and will be enrolled in grade one. This does not apply to students who attended a kindergarten program outside of the United States or a private kindergarten program.
Accommodations for Non-English Speakers
The Maryland State Department of Education has determined that a local school system is not required to make adjustments in its early admission regulation to pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade for non-English speaking students. Assessments for early admission to kindergarten and first grade will be administered in the language of instruction – English.
Home School Option
COMAR allows a student to be enrolled in kindergarten home schooling if they are 5 years old by December 31. A student, who was home schooled, must be 5 years old by September 1 to enroll in public kindergarten or meet the early admission criteria. A student who has completed a home school kindergarten program and requests transfer to first grade must meet the age requirement of 6 year old by September 1 or the Early Admission to Grade One criteria.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools will not assess students for nonpublic placement for early admission.