Massachusetts law establishes the Board of Education as the agent
that determines mandatory and permissible school attendance ages, with
exceptions listed in law. Generally, the Board requires that all
children be enrolled in school beginning in September of the calendar
year in which they attain the age of six and that they attend school
regularly until they reach age 16.
Under law, each School Committee must enforce the school attendance
of all children of compulsory school age residing in the town.
MGL 15:1G , 71:22 , 71:25 , 76:1
Board of Education Regulations for Entrance to First Grade and Kindergarten, adopted 7/20/71
Region Voted to Approve: 2/24/83
Amherst Voted to Approve: 4/5/83
Pelham Voted to Approve: 4/12/83
Effective Date: 2/24/83