• Kindergarten

    Kindergarten

    Overview

    The following are the Maryland State Department of Education age requirements for enrollment into kindergarten (Education Article, §7-101, Admission of Students, COMAR 13A.08.01.02, Age for School Attendance): Children admitted to the kindergarten program in the public school shall be at least five (5) years old on or before September 1 of the school year in which they apply for entrance. 

    Immaturity Waivers

    • Parents or guardians who feel that their children are not mature enough to begin school may request in writing a waiver of one year for this regulation. 
    • Letters are addressed to: Superintendent of Schools and sent to the Office of Pupil Accounting and School Boundaries at 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. 
    • Please include in your request the child’s name, date of birth, parent/guardian’s name, address, and phone number. A written response will be made to your request. 

    Registration

    Kindergarten registration begins April 9, 2018.

    While kindergarten registration may be accepted anytime, it is hoped that families will make a special effort to register early at the boundary elementary school. Early Entrance to Kindergarten information will be available at the school sites.

    Early Entrance

    • A parent/guardian may make a request for early entrance into kindergarten if the child turns five (5) years of age between September 2 and October 15, of the school year for which they are requesting early entrance. 
    • Parents/guardians must apply for early entrance into kindergarten at their boundary school. No applications for early entrance will be accepted after June 1st.
    • Download the Early Entrance to Kindergarten Brochure

    Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

    The State of Maryland is using a new tool to learn more about children’s early learning experiences that will provide information to parents and kindergarten teachers that can be used to help children learn and grow. The new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment will be used by kindergarten teachers to measure what children know and can do when entering Kindergarten in the early learning areas of social skills, language and literacy, cognitive development, and physical well-being and motor development. (This assessment will NOT determine whether a child can be enrolled in Kindergarten.)

    There are three ways for a child to show what he or she knows and is able to do:

    • Selecting the answer to a question (e.g., “Show me the block that is the largest of three.”)
    • Performing a requested task (e.g., retelling a short story)
    • Being observed by the teacher during the school day’s activities or collecting their work samples

    The Kindergarten teachers will have from the first day of school until November 1st to complete the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. It will help them to tailor their instruction to the needs of each child. When the assessment is complete, teachers will have a report to share with families. The report will help families and teachers work as partners so that our children are successful in school.

    For more information, please visit: http://pd.kready.org/105953