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Required School Enrollment Age Confusion:
Cutoff Date Changing again for this coming 2016-2017 School Year

Updated September 2016

When a parent inquires at what age their child is required to begin school, there may be some conflicting answers given. One reason for this could be confusion regarding the birthday cutoff dates for compulsory enrollment.

If you have a child who is younger than compulsory school age (is not age 6 by September 1, 2016 and whom you may consider being at a kindergarten or first grade level, you are not required to enroll him in your school or count him on your school’s affidavit.

Schools in which kindergarteners are enrolled are routinely contacted by the Health Department to verify immunizations and school entry health exams.  Therefore, for this 2016-2017 school year, we recommend that homeschoolers avoid the extra paperwork by not enrolling their children formally into their schools until they reach the age of compulsory attendance.

California’s compulsory attendance laws currently only require that children be enrolled this current 2016-2017 school year if they turn six on or before September 1, 2016.  This means that a child who turns six on or after September 2, 2016, does not need to be formally enrolled in school until the next year, when your 2017-2018 school year begins (usually in August or September).  You may, of course, teach your children who are under compulsory attendance age at home.  They simply are not formally a part of your private school and are not to be included in the number of enrolled students indicated on the affidavit form.


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