Kindergarten Entrance Age
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Kindergarten Entrance Age

March 2014


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

Jul. 31 Hawaii (effective 2014-15), Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota
Aug. 1 – Arkansas, Indiana
Aug. 15 Tennessee (effective 2014-15)
Aug. 31 – Arizona, Delaware, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Washington
Sept. 1 – Alabama, Alaska, California (effective 2014-15), Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin (19 states)
Sept. 10 – Montana
Sept. 15 – Iowa, Wyoming
Sept. 30 – District of Columbia, Louisiana, Nevada, Virginia
Oct. 1 – Colorado, Kentucky (Aug. 1 in 2017-18), Michigan (effective 2014-2015)
Oct. 15 – Maine
Jan. 1 (of the school year) – Connecticut
Local education agencies decide (the state may set a date range) – Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont
 
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Kindergarten Entrance Age
Alabama Age 5 on or before September 1
Alaska Age 5 on or before September 1
Arizona Age 5 before September 1
Arkansas Age 5 on or before August 1
California Age 5 on or before September 1 (eff. 2014-15)
Colorado Age 5 on or before October 1
Connecticut Age 5 on or before January 1 of the school year
Delaware Age 5 on or before August 31
District of Columbia Age 5 on or before September 30
Florida Age 5 on or before September 1
Georgia Age 5 by September 1
Hawaii Age 5 on or before July 31 (eff. 2014-15)
Idaho Age 5 on or before September 1
Illinois Age 5 on or before September 1
Indiana Age 5 on 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
Maine Age 5 on or before October 15
Maryland Age 5 on or before September 1
Massachusetts LEA: each school committee may establish its own minimum permissible age for school attendance.
Michigan Age 5 by October 1 (2014-15)
Age 5 by September 1 (eff. 2015-16)
Minnesota Age 5 on or before September 1
*School boards may adopt an early admissions policy
Mississippi Age 5 on or before September 1
Missouri Age 5 before 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 before 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 before August 1
Ohio LEA decision: Age 5 by August 1 or September 30th, or by the beginning of a school term (if it starts after September 30).
Oklahoma Age 5 on or before September 1
Oregon Age 5 on or before September 1
Pennsylvania Local option: not less than 4 (for K-4) and not less than 5 (for K-5)
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 15 (eff. 2014-2015)
Texas Age 5 on or before September 1
Utah Age 5 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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