a. Kindergarten - the required age is 5-year old and those who will be 5-year by August.
b. Grade 1 - the required age is 6-year old and those who will be 6-year by August.
This age requirement shall be apply to all public schools as well as private schools and pilot madaris regulated by or granted permit/recognition by DepEd-ARMM.
As the DepEd kindergarten requirement is for 5-year old children only, private schools and pilot madaris in the region offering two-tier kindergarten should adjust their age requirement as follows:
a. Kinder I – 4 years old
b. Kinder II – 5 years old
Private schools and pilot madaris in the ARMM are forewarned that SY 2012-2013 shall be the last year of intake to Kinder I. Starting SY 2013-2014, only the Kindergarten for 5-year old shall be recognized by DepEd-ARMM.
The Schools Division Superintendents are advised to disseminate this information to the general public through available local media and to direct their respective Private School Supervisor/Coordinator to disseminate this memo among all private schools and pilot madaris in the locality.