Kindergarten and First Grade Age Requirements

Kindergarten

Kids Hands Writing According to the Arizona Education Code 15-821 (C), “a child is eligible for admission to kindergarten if the child is five years of age. A child is deemed five years of age if the child reached the age of five before September 1 of the current school year… The governing board may admit children who have not reached the required age as prescribed by this subsection if it is determined to be in the best interest of the children. Such children must reach the required age of five for kindergarten…by January 1 of the current school year.” Contact your local school district or charter for specific information about their admission policy.

First Grade
According to the Arizona Education Code 15-821 (C), “a child is eligible for first grade if the child is six years of age. A child is deemed six years of age if the child reaches the age of six before September 1 of the current school year. The governing board may admit children who have not reached the required age as prescribed by this subsection if it is determined to be in the best interest of the children. For children entering the first grade, such determination shall be based upon one or more consultations with the parent, parents, guardians, the children, the teacher and the school principal. Such children must reach the required age… of six for first grade by January 1 of the current school year.” Contact your local school district or charter for specific information about their admission policy.

 

 

Contact Information

Early Childhood Education
Arizona Department of Education

1535 W. Jefferson Street, Bin #15
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Tel: 602.364.1530
Fax: 602.542.2727
Amy Corriveau, Deputy Associate Superintendent