Date Adopted: April 27, 1981
Date Revised: December 17, 1990; April 25, 1994; January 9, 1995; January
10, 2000; December 17, 2008
The Board shall establish age requirements for the admission of beginning
students which are consistent with statutory requirements, sound
educational practice, and ensure equitable treatment of all eligible children.
Beginning students are those entering either kindergarten or the first
Compulsory school age is six years on or before September 1.
The Superintendent shall be responsible for establishing a program for
registration of beginners in accordance with the guidelines noted under
Beginners shall be admitted to first grade provided the child has attained
the compulsory school age of six years on or before the first day of
Beginners shall be admitted to kindergarten during the first two weeks
of the school year, provided the child has attained the age of five years
before September 1, in the following order of priority:
- Children 5 years old on or before September 1, who live within the
school boundaries and who have registered by June 1.
- Those who meet the conditions above (4.i.) but apply after the
- Those who meet the age requirement and an approved EH-36 but
live outside the school boundaries shall be admitted if space is
- Those who meet the age requirement and an approved EH-36 due to
overcrowding at neighborhood school, but live outside the school
boundaries shall be admitted where space is available.
- When a child is admitted to kindergarten from outside the school
boundaries, an EH-36 must be filed to request placement in the first
grade of the school. For the remaining grades of the school, no
additional EH-36 shall be required.
- A child who has reached the compulsory age of six by September 1,
but has not attended a full year of kindergarten may, at the written
request of the parent, be assigned to kindergarten instead of first
grade, if space is available.
Parents or guardians requesting admission of a child to the School
District of Philadelphia for the first time must present documentary
evidence of the child's date of birth to the principal.
- Where, because of parental request, a child has had a late
admission to kindergarten, he/she may enter first grade as late as
- Upon written request of the parent or guardian, a child whose
chronological age is not less than five years and seven months on
September 1, and who has completed a full-day kindergarten
program may be admitted to first grade if such early admission is
recommended by a School District psychologist and approved by the
District’s administrative designee on the basis of a developmental
standard set by the District.
The compulsory school age of 6 years old does not apply to children
who are being home schooled. For those children, the compulsory
school age is 8 years old.
- Documentary evidence may be one of the following in order of
preference: Official Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, Passport
of Foreign Board Child, Other Document Evidence (adoption papers,
court placement record, hospital record, institutional home record,
social service agency record, or alien number and I-94 number).
- The correct date of birth of each pupil must be on file in his/her
school as a reference for eligibility for admission to school or
subsequent legal right to leave, and in evaluation of academic
progress, and grade placement.
- Where there is a delay in obtaining documentation of age, the child
shall be permitted to attend school. When the principal is convinced
that no effort is being made by parents to obtain documentation or if
they refuse to provide the documentation, the principal shall send a
report, in writing, to the Regional Office.
- If a parent or guardian plans to home school their child, they must file
an intent to home school with the District when the child turns 6
years of age. However, they are not required to begin their home
schooling program until the child is 8 years old.
- Once the child reaches 8 years old, the parent or guardian must
submit home schooling plans to the District for approval prior to the
school year and also furnish evidence at the end of the school year
that the home schooling took place.
State School Code: Section 1301