Maryland law requires that a kindergarten-age child who lives in Maryland must attend a public or nonpublic kindergarten program unless the parents request a Level of Maturity Waiver. This allows parents/legal guardians to submit a one-year level of maturity waiver if they believe that a delay in kindergarten attendance is in the best interest of the child. The child, however, must attend kindergarten the next year.
Kindergarten Level of Maturity Waiver applications are available in all elementary schools. The waiver must be filed with the principal of the school his/her child is eligible to attend requesting the waiver.
If parents/legal guardian feel that it is in the best interest of the child to withdraw them from kindergarten after enrollment, they must:
- File a written request to withdraw the child from kindergarten
- Register the child for enrollment in kindergarten the following school year.