Changes in the Compulsory School Attendance Age
Mr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511 ext. 32178
Mrs. Maureen Montgomery, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 32178
LEONARDTOWN, MD - Students and parents are reminded beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, every student who resides in St. Mary’s County, is five years or older, and under eighteen must attend school during the entire school year. The only exceptions are students enrolled in a nonpublic school or home instruction. The drop out age will become 18. This applies to students who turn age 17 on or after July 1, 2017.
These changes were passed into law by the Maryland General Assembly and Governor through Senate Bill 362 in 2012. The intent is to reduce the number of students dropping out of high school and thereby, increase the number of high school graduates. Many states have already increased their age of compulsory attendance to age 18.
For more information, please contact the Department of Student Services, at 301-475-5511, ext. 32150.