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Kindergarten Admission

 

**For Commonly Asked Questions regarding Kindergarten Admissions, please click here.

Purpose

Kindergartens in North Carolina currently enroll more than 100,000 children yearly. These programs provide educational environments that:
• address the individual needs of children
• promote competency in oral and written communication
• build knowledge of the physical world
• develop effective ways of interacting and cooperating with others
• encourage schools, families, and communities and businesses to share responsibilities for supporting children to become life-long learners and responsible citizens

Requirements for Admission
As defined by General Statute 115C-364 § 115C-364. Admission requirements.

(a) A child who is presented for enrollment at any time during the first 120 days of a school year is entitled to initial entry into the public schools if:

(1) The child reaches or reached the age of 5 on or before August 31 of that school year; or
(2) The child did not reach the age of 5 on or before August 31 of that school year, but has been attending school during that school year in another state in accordance with the laws or rules of that state before the child moved to and became a resident of North Carolina.

(b) A local board may allow a child who is presented for enrollment at any time after the first 120 days of a school year to be eligible for initial entry into the public schools if:

(1) The child reached the age of 5 on or before August 31 of that school year; or
(2) The child did not reach the age of 5 on or before August 31 of that school year, but has been attending school during that school year in another state in accordance with the laws or rules of that state before the child moved to and became a resident of North Carolina.

For a complete copy of this state legislation, click here.

 

 


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