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Kindergarten Eligibility

Per state law, students must be 5 years old on or before August 15, 2024, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2024-25 school year.

Registration for NEW and RETURNING students begins March 19, 2024.

  • Parents of students turning 5 by August 15, 2024, should follow the normal registration process. Access your child's existing account in PowerSchool or request a new account by contacting your child's school or calling 901-416-6007.
  • Parents of 4-year-olds who will turn 5 after August 15, 2024, should consider MSCS pre-kindergarten options. For more information about Pre-K, visit 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 to September 30 for early entrance into Kindergarten. For the 2024-25 school year, children whose birthdays fall between August 16, 2019, and September 30, 2019, 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, 2024, then they may be registered for kindergarten without screening.
  • If a child turns 5 after September 30, 2024, the child is not eligible for screening and must wait until the following year, fall 2025, to enroll in kindergarten.

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

Early-entrance screening is conducted in the summer. Once the dates are determined, we will update this page with additional information and instructions.