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Kindergarten Entry Age

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Three pictures of Kindergarten, first girl with backpack, next students using smartboard, and last boy reading a big book.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, students must turn five (5) on or before August 1 for admission to kindergarten. Previously, students were required to turn 5 on or before October 1 for admission. The change is reflected in KRS 158.030. Madison County Schools will be hosting kindergarten registration at all four kindergarten academies - Madison Kindergarten Academy, Shannon Johnson Elementary, Kingston Elementary, and Waco Elementary.

In accordance with KRS 158.031(6), Madison County Schools has established criteria for early entrance to kindergarten. Students who turn 5 years old between August 2 and October 1 will be eligible to enroll provided that the student meets the established criteria. The deadline for application was before March 1.


Criteria for Early Admission for MCS Kindergarten:

  • Child must be a resident of Madison County, Kentucky (Madison County Schools);
  • Child must turn 5 between August 2 and October 1; and
  • Child must score above the 95th percentile on the DIAL-4 Assessment.

Assessments will be scheduled between March 1 and April 15. Students meeting criteria to attend kindergarten in the fall will be notified by May 15.


Additional information can be found in the link below:

          Frequently Asked Questions


For more information, contact MCS Instructional Supervisor Mendy Mills at 859-624-4500 ext. 1108.




Kindergarten Resources



These documents are for your information only and are not required for registration:

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist


If you do not know which school your child is districted to,

you may go to infofinder, (external site).