DTECPS → Early Entrance Procedures
Applications for early entrance to kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year will be accepted from February 1 through June 30, 2021.
Per Maryland State Department of Education regulations, to be eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year, children must be five years of age by September 1, 2021.
Children who will turn five years old between September 2 and October 15, 2021 are eligible for consideration for the early entrance to kindergarten process. To be recommended for early entrance to kindergarten, children will need to demonstrate above average performance and development in academic skills as well as social/emotional and physical development. The standards for early entrance are very high to ensure that students are not frustrated by their advanced grade placement. There will be no consideration, including an appeals process, for children with birthdates beyond October 15th.
Additional information about age of school attendance
Information about the MCPS kindergarten program's curriculum and expectations
Per Maryland State Department of Education regulations, to be eligible to enter first grade for the 2021-2022 school year, children must be six years of age by September 1, 2021.
Children whose birthdates occur within a six week period beyond the state's prescribed admission date may be considered for early entrance to first grade. Children who will turn six years old between September 2 and October 15, 2021 are eligible for consideration for the early entrance to first grade process.
If a child has previously completed the kindergarten year in a public school kindergarten program, the child may be considered as a transfer, although the child's birthdate may not be aligned with the state's age requirements.
Parents/guardians should submit the child's attendance record and any end-of-year transcripts, along with the application, MCPS Form 271-1, Application for Early Entrance First Grade Program, to the school principal for consideration.
More information about the MCPS first grade program's curriculum and expectations.
In response to the amended COMAR 13A.08.01.02, Age of School Attendance, the Montgomery County Board of Education adopted Policy JEB, Early Entrance to Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade, and accompanying Regulation JEB-RB on March 14, 2006.