Children who will be five years old by September 1 need to pre-register for kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year.  Pre-registration will be 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 pm., Friday, April 5, at all elementary schools (except Sunrise Elementary which does not have kindergarten-aged students). Pre-registration for students planning to attend Columbia Elementary will be held at Vista Middle School.

Steven Sanchez, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction & Information Systems, said enrollment into school is based on a child’s age.

“A child must be five years old before 12:01 a.m. on September 1 in order to enter kindergarten,” Sanchez said. “The law is very specific and although some families believe their four-year-olds may be academically prepared for kindergarten, we cannot accept them until they reach the legal age.”

Parents need to bring several items in order to complete the pre-registration process, including proof of their child’s date of birth, such as a birth certificate, passport/visa or a state-certified document. No photocopies will be accepted, officials said. Parents must also bring their identification, current immunization records, and proof of their home address and residence. This could be a current property tax bill, utility bill, or a renter’s lease agreement.

The pre-registration is a two-step process for all students. Step one is online, which is available as of March 1. At that time, parents may begin the online application process to expedite the registration process. You may complete the online registration at home but computers are available to use at schools if needed. All information submitted online must be verified using the documents listed above when parents attend the kindergarten pre-registration day on April 5. 

“If a parent cannot attend the April 5 pre-registration, they can register just before the new school year begins in early August,” Sanchez said.

When registering, parents can also sign up for school bus transportation if the child’s home is one mile or more, one way only, from the assigned school. More information about bus ridership and rules can be found online HERE.

Parents who need information about kindergarten can contact the principal at their assigned elementary school.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, dwillis@lcps.net