Notice: The registration period for NEW students (all grade levels) seeking to enroll in Baltimore City Public Schools for SY2020-21 is NOW open. To ensure the safety of our families and staff, City Schools will be utilizing an online registration system to support this enrollment process. Please note that the summer transfer period for EXISTING students is tentatively scheduled to launch July 20 – August 24. Additional details will be shared with families and students in the coming weeks. In the interim, please contact Enrollment@bcps.k12.md.us with any questions/concerns.
Will your child be four or five by September 1? Congratulations! It's time for school!
If your child is already four or five and you want to register for the current school year, please call 410-396-8600.
If your child is 3- or 4-years-old but too young for pre-k, consider enrolling in the Let's Grow Half-Day program, where children with and without IEPs learn together.
Registration opens; schools start enrolling priority 1 pre-k students
Window to apply for early admission testing to kindergarten and first grade
School starts enrolling priority 2 pre-k/K students
Window to apply for early admission to pre-k
work with others
Can all children go to pre-k? What about kindergarten?
Space in pre-k is limited, so we use a priority system to enroll children. If space is not available at your neighborhood school, school or district staff can help find a place in a school nearby.
For kindergarten, every child who turns five by September 1 must be enrolled in school (according to state law). Any child who lives in Baltimore City can enroll in City Schools.
What is the priority system for pre-k?
Priority 1 children
All priority 1 children are eligible for City Schools pre-k. If space is full at your neighborhood school, we will find a place for your child at another location as close as possible to your home. To be considered low income, you will need to provide proof of income dated within the past 30 days.
Priority 2 children
Priority 2 children can attend where space is available. Enrollment for priority 2 families is on a first-come, first-served basis, so plan to submit your registration early!
Who is considered low income?
City Schools uses federal guidelines based on the number of family members (including children) and the family's total monthly income, which includes monthly earnings, TANF, child support, alimony, food stamps, benefits for immigrants, retirement, Social Security, and foster care.
When registering, you will need to provide proof of income dated within the past 30 days.
Full Income Eligibility Information (Spreadsheet)
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What if I don't think my child is ready for kindergarten?
You can consider submitting a level-of-maturity waiver to the Early Learning Department. If it is granted, your child can delay starting kindergarten for a year.
The Let’s Grow Citywide Programs are funded and designed to support 3-year-old children with Individual Education Plans (IEPS) and their non-disabled peers. The program is available at the following elementary schools: Armistead Gardens, Callaway, Cecil, Dorothy I. Height, Federal Hill Prep, James Mosher, Lakewood, and Westport Academy.
Seven openings are available for non-disabled students.To apply, please download the registration form, complete it online, and email it to Early Learning. Filling out the registration form does not necessarily mean a child is enrolled. You will be contacted by the school to confirm if your child has been enrolled.
If your child has an IEP or an IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan), they are not considered eligible to be a non-disabled peer in the Let’s Grow program and can’t register. Non-disabled children accepted to Let’s Grow who become eligible for an IEP may not remain in the program.