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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 (in English or Spanish) 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:
  • Birth certificate showing your child’s birth date or other government-issued  photo ID of the parent/guardian (i.e., U.S. passport, state driver’s license)
  • Two proofs of primary residence dated within 30 days (water, gas/electric or telephone bill; verifiable lease agreement, rent receipt (rent receipts should have the management letterhead at the top of the receipt – no handwritten rent receipts), or mortgage statement; bank statement; letters from Social Security and Social Services) 
  • Your child’s immunization record (learn more about immunizations requirements)
  • Maryland State health inventory (including lead testing certificate) 
If applicable, the following documents should also be provided:

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

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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. 

Please note that the deadline to apply for early admission for the 2019-20 school year has already passed.

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 City Schools, Early Learning Programs, Room 308, 200 E. North Avenue by the deadline.
  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.