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Pre-k and Kindergarten Registration

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Welcome to City Schools!

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. 

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Find your neighborhood school

How to register

  • Complete the registration form for your neighborhood (zone) school – available online and accessible via computer, tablet, or mobile devices.
  • Gather and upload the required documents (see below).
  • Charter schools:  Contact the school directly to ask about the registration process. (Note that the application deadline for most charters schools was Friday, February 7).
  • Technology access:  If unable to complete the online registration process, please fill out the traditional registration form (in English or Spanish, gather/submit the form and required documents (see below) to the Office of Enrollment, Choice & Transfers (200 East North Avenue, Room 106, Baltimore, MD 21202) or any Documentation Support site – location details are forthcoming. 
  • Out of Zone School Requests – The window to request consideration for placement outside of zoned boundaries is set to tentatively launch on July 20, 2020.
  • Additional support and/or questions: Please contact the school’s enrollment official directly (school telephone #); or reach out to the district office team at Enrollment@bcps.k12.md.us or 410-396-8600.
Remember to bring the following documents to register or transfer:
 

Proof of Student Identity & Age 
•    Birth certificate or other government-issued document (passport, military ID, birth registration, DHS/DOJ/DOS immigration and refugee resettlement forms)

Proof of Parent/Guardian Identity
•    Photo ID of the parent/legal guardian (driver’s license, passport, alien/permanent resident card, military ID, employment authorization card, ISAP card, DHS/DOJ/DOS immigration and refugee resettlement forms) 

Proof of Address (only two (2) of the following examples are required)
•    Complete, recent utility bill (gas, electric, water, telephone, or cable)*
•    Deed or title to residential property
•    Fully-executed, property sales agreement
•    Military housing order
•    Mortgage settlement sheet
•    Original, signed (by landlord and tenant) lease agreement reflecting the name(s) of the parent(s)/guardian(s) as tenants
•    Property tax bill or statement
•    Recent bank or mortgage statement* 
•    Recent employer pay stub*
•    Recent homeowner, renter, or medical insurance statement*
•    Recent letter from Social Security Administration, Social Services, Maryland Vehicle Administration, Internal Revenue Services, or Maryland Judicial System*

*Recent = within the last sixty (60) days

Other Requested Documentation
•    Academic records (recent report card and/or transcript)
•    Individualized education program (IEP) or 504 documents (if applicable)
•    Proof of custody/guardianship (if applicable)
•    Health records (immunization history, lead test certificate, and physical/vision exam results) – new enrollees only
 

If you're registering for pre-k, you may also need to provide proof of monthly income dated within 30 days.  

Important Dates

May 15, 2020

Registration opens; schools start enrolling priority 1 pre-k students

June 8, 2020

Window to apply for early admission testing to kindergarten and first grade

July 1, 2020

School starts enrolling priority 2 pre-k/K students

August 3 to August 14, 2020

Window to apply for early admission to pre-k (Pre-k waiver)

 

Every day in pre-k and kindergarten, children learn

a new

math skill

how to

work with others

a new

word

how to

make friends

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 

  • Are four years old by September 1 and
  • Are considered low income or are homeless or receive special education services

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

  • Are four years old by September 1 but
  • Are not considered low income, are not homeless, or do not receive special education services

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)

Family Size Total Annual Income
1
 $22,330
2
 $30,170
3
 $38,010
4
 $45,850
5
 $53,690
6
 $61,530
7
 $69,370
8
 $77,210

 

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.

Pre-K Waiver

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Pre-K Waiver

Application

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Pre-K Waiver (Spanish)

Application

Let’s Grow Citywide Programs

Early Learning Supplemental Registration Information for General Education Students

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.

 

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