Compulsory School Age


Compulsory School Age

March 2014


Compulsory school age is the age at which a child is required to attend school.

• In eight states plus DC the compulsory school age is 5
• In 26 states the compulsory school age is 6
• In 14 states the compulsory school age is 7
• In two states the compulsory school age is 8

Note: Specific date at which compulsory age is reached is included only if specified in statute.

Compulsory School Age
Alabama Age 6
Alaska Age 7
Arizona Age 6
Arkansas Age 5
California Age 6
Colorado Age 6 on or before August 1
Connecticut Age 5
Delaware Age 5
District of Columbia Age 5
Florida Age 6
Georgia Age 6
Hawaii Age 6 by January 1
Idaho Age 7 by first day of school
Illinois Age 6 on or before September 1 (eff. 2014-2015)
Indiana Age 7
Iowa Age 6 by September 15

*Children enrolled in preschool programs (4 years old on or before September 15) are considered to be of compulsory school attendance age.
Kansas Age 7
Kentucky Age 6 by October 1 (current)
Age 6 by August 1 (eff. 2017-18)
Louisiana Age 7
Maine

Age 7

Maryland Age 5
Massachusetts Age 6
Michigan Age 6 by December 1
Minnesota Age 7
Mississippi Age 6 by September 1
Missouri Age 7
Montana Age 7
Nebraska Age 6 by January 1
Nevada Age 7
New Hampshire Age 6
New Jersey Age 6
New Mexico Age 5 by September 1
New York Age 6
North Carolina Age 7
North Dakota Age 7
Ohio Age 6
Oklahoma Age 5
Oregon Age 7
Ages 5-6 if the child has been enrolled in public school
Pennsylvania Age 8
Rhode Island Age 6
South Carolina Age 5
South Dakota Age 6
Tennessee Age 6
Texas Age 6
Utah Age 6
Vermont Age 6
Virginia Age 5
Washington Age 8
West Virginia Age 6
Wisconsin Age 6
Wyoming Age 7

Note: Specific date at which compulsory age is reached is included only if specified in statute.

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