Kindergarten is mandatory in Hawaiʻi.
Children must be 5 years old on or before July 31 to enter kindergarten in the upcoming school year. For example, children who are 5 years old by July 31, may enroll for the upcoming school year. Children who turn 5 on August 1 or later must enroll in the following school year.
Parents whose children attended kindergarten outside of Hawaiʻi or at a private school can discuss enrollment options with our administrators. With many possible placement scenarios, the final decision for a child's placement will be based on the principal's discussions with parents and the appropriate teaching staff.
For more information about enrolling in kindergarten, please visit the Department's webpage on kindergarten and Frequently Asked Questions.
Parents of children younger than the mandatory kindergarten age have several educational options, such as pre-school at a private provider or pre-kindergarten classes available at 19 select schools statewide. Visit the Department's Early Learning webpage for more details on pre-kindergarten programs.