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Kindergarten Not Mandatory for Home Schoolers

Since the 1997 passage of Assembly Bill 6, there has been some confusion about Nevada’s mandatory kindergarten requirement. First, the bill did not change the compulsory attendance age—it is still seven. And, parents who begin home schooling their children at age seven are not required to start with kindergarten.

However, if parents choose to delay enrollment to age seven and then put the child directly into first grade, the bill does require the parents either provide proof that the child attended a public, private, or home school kindergarten program, or submit the child to a developmental screening test.

According to a recent Nevada Attorney General’s opinion, the only way for home schoolers to avoid the pre-first grade developmental screening test is for parents to submit a notice of intent, informing their respective school district that their child will be attending kindergarten at home.

Whenever Home School Legal Defense Association member families find their school asking for information or asserting authority exceeding the home school regulations, they should contact our legal staff so that we can address each situation appropriately.