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Register for Grades 1 to 5

Welcome to City Schools!

How to register

  1. Browse and compare schools that might be right for your child and family. You can consider your neighborhood school or charter schools located across the city.
  2. Fill out the registration form and gather the necessary paperwork (see below).
  3. For your neighborhood school, go to the school to begin the registration process. All children who live in the school's enrollment zone can attend that school.
  4. For charter schools, contact each school to find out about the admission process.
If you're registering a student for the first time or requesting a transfer, you'll need the following:
  • Parent or guardian photo ID
  • Student's birth certificate or other government-issued document showing the student's birth date
  • Two documents from this list, to show where you live
    • Original gas, electric, water, land-line telephone, or television cable bill dated within the last 30 days (cell phone bills are not accepted)
    • Rent receipt, dated within the last 30 days
    • Mortgage statement, dated within the last 30 days
    • Pay stub, dated within the last 30 days
    • Letter from the Social Security Administration or Social Services, dated within the last 30 days
    • Bank statement, dated within the last 30 days
    • Lease agreement
    • Address certification form (if the family is living with someone else)
If applicable, the following documents should also be provided:

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Early admission to first grade

If your child turns six between September 2 and October 15, early admission may be possible.

To be successful in the first grade and beyond, your child must be ready. Otherwise, she or he may become stressed and frustrated, making it harder to succeed. If you decide to apply, follow these steps:

  1. Check with your neighborhood school to get more details about early admission.
  2. Review the early admission packet.
  3. Complete the request form (included in the packet) and return it to the district's Early Learning Programs department.
  4. Ask three people who know about child development and what your child can do (for example, a doctor, coach, teacher, or pastor) to complete the checklists in the packet and send them straight to City Schools. Two of these people must be teachers, paraeducators, principals, or other school-based staff members.
  5. Make sure that all paperwork is received by City Schools by the deadline.

An early learning specialist will contact you to schedule a date to assess your child. No studying is required and you don't need to do anything to prepare. You and the principal at your neighborhood school will get the results by July 1.