Children who turn five years old on or before Sept. 1 of the attendance year are eligible to enroll in kindergarten in the elementary school located in the attendance zone where they live. Kindergarten is not mandatory in Alabama but it is available in all Baldwin County Elementary Schools.
The age requirement for kindergarten in Alabama is a matter of state law and is not decided by local boards of education. Children must be five on or before Sept. 2 to qualify for kindergarten. Unless a child transfers into our system from a mandatory kindergarten in another state or system with different age requirements, EXCEPTIONS are not made.
Countywide registration for kindergarten takes place in April before the attendance year. To register your child for kindergarten please use this link to register your child online; please provide your child’s Certified Birth Certificate, Social Security Card and your child’s Alabama Certificate of Immunization. In addition, you need to provide two proofs of residence with the physical address of your residence (not a post office box). For Example: Utility Bill, Garbage Bill, Cable/TV Bill, Deed, Rental Agreement, Tax Returns.
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Zone Variance Requests
Parents of incoming kindergarten students should enroll their children in their current school zone. They may submit zone variance requests once the 2021-2022 forms are released. All requests will be processed at the end of May 2021. If a kindergarten request is approved, parents can contact school registrars to initiate transfers at that time.