Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, Inc.

Homeschooling Fact Check: Ages and Grades

This week we continue our Homeschooling Fact Check series in which we examine some of the most common questions we receive and some of the biggest myths about homeschooling in Massachusetts. If you have questions or topics you'd like to suggest for this series, you can email us at


Kindergarten is not required in Massachusetts so you can wait until first grade to send an education plan for your child.

Reading the Law:

Massachusetts' mandatory attendance laws are based on age, not grade. The law states that: "Each child must attend school beginning in September of the calendar year in which he or she attains the age of six." (603 CMR 8.00) Practically speaking, this means that for some Massachusetts children, those with fall birthdays, kindergarten is required. (On the other end of the spectrum, you can, if you choose, stop reporting for your child once they reach age 16.)


Partially true. While it may be true that kindergarten is not required for some children, it is better to speak about the requirements in terms of age and not grade as that is how the law is written.