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Pre-k and Kindergarten Registration

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Welcome to City Schools!

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

NOTE: ECT will have adjusted office hours on November 15-19. 
Mon (closed), Tue (closed), Wed (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.), Thu (closed), Fri (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Phone: 410.396.8600
Walk-In Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday (9 am – 4 pm)

Notice: The registration period for NEW students (all grade levels) seeking to enroll in Baltimore City Public Schools for SY2021-22 will open on July 1. To ensure the safety of our families and staff, City Schools will be utilizing an online registration system to support this enrollment process but families retain the option of in-person registration by visiting their neighborhood (zoned) schools to complete the enrollment process.  Please note that the summer transfer period for EXISTING students is tentatively scheduled to launch July 19 – August 20. Please contact with any questions/concerns.

Please note that at the elementary school level, out-of-zone enrollments and intra-district transfer requests to out-of-zone schools MUST receive prior approval by district office staff. The Office of Enrollment, Choice, and Transfers is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (10 am to 2 pm) for families.  Zoned enrollments can be approved by the Enrollment Official at the neighborhood (zoned) school.  

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Online Enrollment Application for New Families

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Household Update & Transfer Application for Current Families

Current Families Only

Important Dates

Important Dates*

  • May 10: Enrollment window opens for Priority 1 Pre-K & Kindergarten families
  • May 10 – June 10: Application window for families interested in Early Admission testing to Kindergarten & First Grade
  • July 1: Enrollment window opens for new families entering City Schools (All grade levels, including Priority 2 Pre-K & Kindergarten families)
  • July 19 – August 20: Transfer window opens for families requesting consideration for intra-district transfer or out-of-zone school placement
  • August 2 – August 13: Application window for families interested in an Early Admission waiver to Pre-K
  • August 30: First day of school (SY2021-22) for ALL students

    *All dates are subject to change.

How to enroll

  • Find your neighborhood school and obtain a registration guide – available online or at your neighborhood school.  
  • Gather and upload the required documents (see below) using the online enrollment application – accessible using a computer, tablet, or mobile device
  • 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 to your neighborhood (zone) school.  
  • Await confirmation from the school’s enrollment official. If such does not occur within 3-5 days, please request a status update from the school’s Enrollment Official or contact the Office of Enrollment, Choice, and Transfers.
  • Charter schools:  Contact the school directly to ask about the registration process. (Note that the application deadline for most charter schools was February 3).
  • Out of Zone School Requests – The window to request consideration for placement outside of zoned boundaries is set to tentatively launch on July 19, 2021.  Please visit the ECT office (Open MWF, 10a-2p) with the required documentation to request transfer consideration.
  • Additional support and/or questions: Please contact the school’s enrollment official directly or reach out to the district office team at or 410-396-8600.

Every day in pre-k and kindergarten, children learn

a new

math skill

how to

work with others

a new


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


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.

Let’s Grow Citywide Programs (3-year-olds)

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, Walter P. Carter, Dorothy I. Height, Federal Hill Prep, James Mosher, Lakewood, and Westport Academy.

Seven openings are available for non-disabled students in each school. These openings are first come, first serve. To apply, please complete the pre-registration form. Filling out the registration form does not necessarily mean a child is enrolled. Based on available openings, you will be contacted by the school to complete the registration process.

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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What happens in pre-k and kindergarten?

Find out what students are learning and doing in elementary school.