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Kindergarten Eligibility

Per state law, students must be 5 years old on or before August 15, 2022 to enroll in Kindergarten.

  • Parents of students turning 5 by August 15 should follow the normal process of registering their child by accessing their existing PowerSchool account or requesting a new account by contacting your child’s school, sending an email to [email protected] [email protected] or calling (901) 416-6007.
  • Parents of 4-year-olds who will turn 5 after August 15 should consider MSCS Pre-K options. For more information about Pre-K, go to scsk12.org/prek, call (901) 416-3450 or email [email protected].


Who may be screened?

Each year, MSCS screens 4-year-olds who will be turning 5 from August 16 - September 30 for early entrance into Kindergarten. These children must be screened to determine if they will be eligible to enter into Kindergarten early. Children whose birthdays fall between August 16, 2017, and September 30, 2017, may be screened to determine if they are eligible to enter Kindergarten early.

Who should NOT be screened?

  • If a child will already be 5 years-old on or before August 15, 2022, then the child will not need to be screened. These children may register for Kindergarten.
  • If a child turns 5 years-old after September 30, the child cannot be screened and must wait until the following year, fall of 2023, to enroll in kindergarten.
  • Current Pre-K students who will be assessed at their school locations in May do not have to get screened in June or July.

If I am interested in getting my child screened, then what should I do?

  • Screenings are done by appointment only.
  • Interested parents should sign up through this link for an appointment. Keep in mind that we will only take appointments for 4-year-olds who will turn 5 from August 16 - September 30.
  • If you have questions or concerns after you have scheduled your appointment, please contact the Pre-K Department at (901) 416-3450.


District’s Screening Dates:

  • June 22-24, 9am-2pm
  • June 27-July 1, 9am-2pm
  • July 11, 9am-2pm
  • July 13, 9am-2pm
  • July 14, 9am-noon (Screening will take place half of the day.)
  • July 15th, 9am-2pm
  • August 9-12, 9:00am–12:30pm


  • Pre-K Office (3030 Jackson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112)

Where should I park?

  • Parents will park in the lot in the front of the Pre-K Office (on Jackson). Parents should enter the parking lot by turning right once they turn off Jackson Avenue. Enter the building which is farthest right when you face the building with Jackson Avenue to your back.

What should I bring?

  • Bring your 4-year-old child to the screening appointment.
  • Parent's photo ID

How long will the screening take?

  • Most assessments will take 20-30 minutes to complete. However, keep in mind that assessment times may vary depending on the amount of time that each child needs.
  • Parents will check in at a check-in table and be asked to sign the necessary documentation and provide the necessary proofs (parent’s picture ID) before their child can be screened. After the parent checks in, the teacher administering the test will meet the child and bring him/her to the designated screening room.

Make-Up Testing:

  • There is no make-up testing. Each child receives one opportunity to pass the screening. If the child does not pass the initial screening or refuses to participate in the screening, a make-up screening session will not be provided.