Early Admission to Kindergarten (UPDATED July 2020)
Due to the current shutdown of school buildings in Anne Arundel County due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved to a remote online early admission to kindergarten application process. This is the first part of the early admission to kindergarten application process. Application are accepted between July 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020. Early admission to kindergarten testing will occur between August 3, 2020 an August 13, 2020.
- Students must turn five years old between September 2, 2020 and October 15, 2020
- Parents/guardians must bring their child’s birth certificate and proof of residence
- After submitting the Early Admission paperwork, parents/guardians will be contacted to schedule testing at a designated testing location
- Early Admission results will be mailed to parents/guardians within 10 business days after testing is complete
We are no longer accepting applications for Early Admission to Kindergarten.
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.
Criteria for Early Admission to Kindergarten
Children who will turn five years old between September 2 and October 15, 2020 are eligible for consideration for the early entrance to kindergarten process. To be recommended for early entrance to kindergarten, children will need to demonstrate above average performance and development in academic skills as well as social/emotional and physical development. The standards for early entrance are very high to ensure that students are not frustrated by their advanced grade placement. There will be no consideration for children with birthdates beyond October 15th.
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.
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 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.