What is the state's kindergarten entrance age?

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies

What is the state's kindergarten entrance age?

June 2018


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What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Citations
Alabama Age 5 on or before September 1 Ala. Code § 16-28-4
Alaska Age 5 on or before September 1 AK ST § 14.03.080
Arizona Age 5 before September 1 Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-821
Arkansas Age 5 on or before August 1 Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-207
California Age 5 on or before September 1 Cal. Educ. Code § 48000
Colorado Age 5 on or before October 1 Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. §22-32-119;
1 Colo. Code Regs. § 301-39:2254-R-5.00
Connecticut Age 5 on or before January 1 of the school year Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-15c
Delaware Age 5 on or before August 31 Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 2702
District of Columbia Age 5 on or before September 30 D.C. Code Ann. § 38-202
Florida Age 5 on or before September 1 Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1003.21
Georgia Age 5 by September 1 Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-151
Hawaii Age 5 on or before July 31 Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302A-411
Idaho Age 5 on or before September 1 Idaho Code Ann. § 33-201
Illinois Age 5 on or before September 1 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/10-20.12
Indiana Age 5 on August 1 Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-2-7
Iowa Age 5 by September 15 Iowa Code Ann. § 282.3
Kansas Age 5 on or before August 31 Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3118
Kentucky Age 5 by August 1 Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.030
Louisiana Age 5 by September 30 La. Stat. Ann. § 17:151.3;
La. Stat. Ann. § 17:222
Maine Age 5 on or before October 15 Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 5201
Maryland Age 5 by September 1 Md. Code Regs. 13A.08.01.02
Massachusetts Each school committee may establish its own minimum permissible age for school attendance. 603 Mass. Code Regs. 8.02
Michigan Age 5 by September 1 Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1147
Minnesota Age 5 on or before September 1.

*School boards may adopt an early admissions policy.
Minn. Stat. Ann. § 120A.20
Minn. Stat. Ann. § 124D.05
Mississippi Age 5 on or before September 1 Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-15-9
Missouri Age 5 before August 1. Metropolitan districts can establish a policy that a child must be 5 on or before any date between August 1 and October 1. Mo. Ann. Stat. § 160.051;
Mo. Ann. Stat. § 160.054
Montana Age 5 on or before September 10 Mont. Code Ann. § 20-7-117
Nebraska Age 5 on or before July 31 Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-214
Nevada Age 5 on or before September 30 Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 392.040
New Hampshire Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
New Jersey LEA: may admit children aged 4 & 5, must admit children aged 5 to 6. The cutoff date must be after October 1. N.J. Admin. Code § 18A:38-5;
N.J. Admin. Code § 18A:38-5.1
New Mexico Age 5 before September 1 N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-13-3;
N.M. Admin. Code 6.30.5.9
New York LEA decision. Must be between the ages of 4 and 6. N.Y. Educ. Law § 2514;
N.Y. Educ. Law § 1712
North Carolina Age 5 on or before August 31 N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-364
North Dakota Age 5 before August 1 N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-06-01
Ohio Districts may adopt a resolution establishing August 1 as the required date by which students must have attained the specified age, instead of September 30. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3321.01
Oklahoma Age 5 on or before September 1 Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 18-108
Oregon Age 5 on or before September 1 Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 336.092
Pennsylvania LEA decision: between the age of 4 and 6. Minimum age for kindergarten entrance is 4 years 7 months before the first day of the school year. 24 Pa. Stat. Ann. § 5-503;
22 Pa. Code § 53.1
Rhode Island Age 5 on or before September 1 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-2-27
South Carolina Age 5 on or before September 1 S.C. Code Ann. § 59-63-20;
S.C. Code Ann. § 59-65-10
South Dakota Age 5 on or before September 1 S.D. Codified Laws § 13-28-2
Tennessee Age 5 on or before August 15 Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-201
Texas Age 5 on or before September 1 Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 29.151
Utah Age 5 before September 2 Utah Code Ann. § 53A-3-402
Vermont Age 5, LEA may require students admitted to kindergarten to attain the age of 5 on or before August 31 and January 1. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 1073
Virginia Age 5 on or before September 30 Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-199
Washington Age 5 on or before August 31 Wash. Admin. Code 392-335-010
West Virginia Age 5 prior to September 1. In the 2018-2019 school year districts must offer Pre-Kindergarten to all children who are age 4 before July 1. W. Va. Code Ann. § 18-5-18;
W. Va. Code Ann. § 18-5-44
Wisconsin 4-year-old Kindergarten: Age 4 on or before September 1. 5-year-old Kindergarten: Age 5 on or before September 1. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.14
Wyoming Age 5 on or before September 15 Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-4-302

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