Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools




170 Chestnut Street,
Amherst MA 01002

Policy JEA: Compulsory Attendance Age

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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 , 76:1Board 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