Age Eligiblity and Proof of Guardianship

Age Eligibility: A child must turn 5 years old on or before August 31st of the current school year in order to be eligible to enroll. If the child’s 5th birthday is on or after September 1st, the child is not eligible to enroll until the next school year.

A child whose 4th birthday is on or before April 16th (of the April before school begins in August) may enter kindergarten if they are identified as gifted and have the necessary maturity to succeed in a full day kindergarten setting.   For complete information about required testing and criteria that must be met, please refer to Buncombe County School Board Administrative Regulation  4100-R Early Entry to Kindergarten   This Early Entry packet must be completed by the parent/guardian and submitted to the principal no later than 30 days before the beginning of the school year.

Entering first graders must be 6 years old by October 16.

Proof of guardianship: Only a parent or legal guardian may enroll a student in Buncombe County Schools. This is specified by North Carolina law, the Buncombe County School Board, and by internal policy. Proof of guardianship can include birth certificate, divorce papers, Social Services paperwork, or paperwork signed by a judge awarding custody. Custody paperwork authorized by a judge or Social Services/foster care placement paperwork is required for all children not living with their natural parent. Please click here for further information: Enrollment by Parent or Guardian Only