Somerset County School District

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Early Childhood Instruction » Kindergarten Program

Kindergarten Program

Kindergarten Program

For further information, please call the Early Childhood Office at 410-621-6243 or 410-651-1275.            

Kindergarten is a full day program for five year-old children.  Children must be age 5 by September 1, to be eligible for Kindergarten.  

 

Program Information

Kindergarten is a full day program for five year-old children. Code of Maryland Annotated Regulations (COMAR 13A.08.01.01B) requires that a child who resides in Maryland must attend a public or nonpublic kindergarten program regularly during the school year before entering the first grade unless the child is enrolled in an alternative program as specified in COMAR13A.08.01.02-2B. The over-all goal of the Kindergarten program is to provide a multitude of high-quality learning experiences that help children develop and maintain the basic skills necessary for learning in later years. Kindergarten curriculum is aligned to Maryland’s State Curriculum.  It is a pleasant place where young students are given opportunities to participate in and feel a part of school.


Kindergarten Waiver (deferred attendance)

 

 

If a child’s parents or legal guardians wish that kindergarten attendance be deferred for one year due to the child’s level of maturity, they must do the following:

-File a written request with the local Superintendent of Schools before the opening of the school year in which the child becomes five years-old, asking that enrollment be delayed due to the child’s level of maturity; and

-Register the child for enrollment in kindergarten the following school year.

Early Entrance to Kindergarten

Parents/guardians of children who wish to apply for early entrance to Kindergarten must meet academic achievement criteria and age appropriate developmental factors. Early entrance to Kindergarten does not mean automatic entry into First Grade the following year. Children who qualify for early entrance to Kindergarten must continue to be successful.

Parents who seek early entrance consideration should inquire at their home schools, and complete early entrance application along with a parent checklist. The completed forms should be submitted to their home school and an appointment requested for screening during the school's selected testing times.  A committee will make final decision.  Please see Early Admissions Policy 600-18 for additional information and forms to be completed.