My child will not be six years old by September 1. May I apply for a Grade 1 assignment?
The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education requires each child to attend school beginning in September of the calendar year in which he/she attains the age of six (6), but allows each school committee to establish its own minimum permissible age for school attendance, provided that such age is not older than the state mandatory minimum age.
In an attempt to permit children to enter kindergarten or first grade at the time most appropriate for them individually, the Nantucket School Committee establishes the following policy on entrance age:
- Children who will be five years of age prior to September 1 of the school year during which they wish to enroll will be eligible to enter kindergarten.
- Initial admission of children to the first grade will involve a consideration of both chronological age and the readiness of the children to do the work of those grades. Initial admission of children to other grades will involve a consideration of both chronological age and the readiness of the children to do the work of those grades.