Kindergarten Entrance Age
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Kindergarten Entrance Age

January 2013


Kindergarten Entrance Age: The date by which a student must be five years old in order to attend kindergarten.

Jan. 1 – Connecticut
July 31 – Nebraska, Hawaii (effective 2014-15)
Aug. 1 – Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota
Aug. 31 – Delaware, Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee (Aug. 15 in 2014-15), Washington
Sept. 1 – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California (effective 2014-15), Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin (20 states)
Sept. 2 – Utah
Sept. 10 – Montana
Sept. 15 – Iowa, Wyoming
Sept. 30 – District of Columbia, Louisiana (Dec. 30 for Orleans Parish), Nevada, Virginia
Oct. 1 – Colorado, Kentucky (Aug. 1 in 2014-15)
Oct. 15 – Maine
Nov. 1 – Michigan (Oct. 1 in 2014-15)
Local agencies decide (state may set range of dates) – Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont
 

 kindergarten start dates

Kindergarten Entrance Age
Alabama

Age 5 on or before September 1

Alaska

Age 5 on or before September 1

Arizona

Age 5 on or before September 1

Arkansas

Age 5 on or before August 1

California

Age 5 on or before November 1 (2012-13)
Age 5 on or before October 1 (2013-14)
Age 5 on or before September 1 (eff. 2014-15)

Colorado

Age 5 on or before a district's official count date (October 1)

Connecticut

Age 5 on or before January 1

Delaware

Age 5 on or before August 31

District of Columbia

Age 5 on or before September 30

Florida

Age 5 by September 1

Georgia

Age 5 by September 1

Hawaii

Age 5 on or before August 1 (2012-13)
Age 5 on or before first day of instruction (2013-14)
Age 5 on or before July 31 (eff. 2014-15)

Idaho

Age 5 by September 1

Illinois

Age 5 on or before September 1

Indiana Age 5 on or before August 1

Iowa

Age 5 on or before September 15

Kansas

Age 5 on or before August 31

Kentucky

Age 5 by October 1 (current)
Age 5 by August 1 (eff. 2017-18)

Louisiana

Age 5 on or before September 30
Age 5 by December 30 in Orleans Parish, Louisiana School District

Maine

Age 5 on or before October 15

Maryland

Age 5 by September 1

Massachusetts

LEA: each school committee may establish its own minimum permissible age for school attendance.

Michigan

Age 5 by November 1 (2013-14)
Age 5 by October 1 (2014-15)
Age 5 by September 1 (eff. 2015-16)

Minnesota

Age 5 on or before September 1

Update: H.F. (630) empowers a school board to adopt an early admissions policy.

Mississippi

Age 5 on or before September 1

Missouri Age 5 by August 1

Montana Age 5 on or before September 10

Nebraska Age 5 on or before July 31

Nevada Age 5 on or before September 30

New Hampshire LEA decision

New Jersey LEA: may admit children aged 4-5, must admit children aged 5-6. The cutoff date must be after October 1.

New Mexico Age 5 by September 1

New York

LEA decision. Must be between the ages of 4 and 6

North Carolina Age 5 on or before August 31

North Dakota Age 5 by August 1

Ohio LEA decision: Age 5 by August 1 or September 30th, or the beginning of a term (if after September 30).

Oklahoma Age 5 on or before September 1

Oregon Age 5 on or before September 1

Pennsylvania Local option (between 4 and 6 years of age)

Rhode Island Age 5 on or before September 1

South Carolina Age 5 on or before September 1

South Dakota Age 5 on or before September 1

Tennessee Age 5 on or before August 31 (2013-2014)
Age 5 on or before August 15 (eff. 2014-2015)
Texas Age 5 on or before September 1

Utah Age 5 on or before September 2

Vermont LEAs have the option to choose any date between August 31 and January 1.

Virginia Age 5 on or before September 30

Washington Age 5 by August 31

West Virginia Age 5 by September 1

Wisconsin Age 5 on or before September 1
Age 4 on or before September 1 for 4-year-old kindergarten

Wyoming Age 5 on or before September 15


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