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Pennsylvania does not have compulsory attendance for kindergarten.


Since Kindergarten is not required, some parents prefer to teach their child the kindergarten subjects at home and then enroll them in first grade once they attain the age of 5 years and 7 months by September 1 (24 P.S. § 13-1304). While kindergarten is not required, the school district may test the child before enrolling them in first grade in order to determine readiness. The best strategy may be for parents to talk to the elementary school in regard to the parent’s intentions and find out how the school will make the determination of placement.


While kindergarten is not required, compulsory age for the Philadelphia City School District is age six (6) on or before September 1, rather than age eight (8). See 24 P.S. § 21-2103 (8). Homeschool families must file a Letter of Intent to Homeschool with the district by age six, although they are not required to begin homeschooling until the child is eight.


Updated: 1/20/2012 

For additional information, please contact:

Suzanne Tallman |
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.214.8212
RA-home-education@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us