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How to Enroll Your Child

'FUZZY BRAINS ARE PRETTY BAD!'
Don't miss the latest ACPS-TV original video, in which 5-year-olds describe what they love about school and explain the importance of registering now for 2014-15 kindergarten. Thank you to Douglas MacArthur Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Cathleen Chamberlain and her class for providing such wonderful and heartfelt advice! Watch the public service announcement on YouTube.


Registration Packets for Grades 1-12:
English (PDF)   Español (PDF)   Arabic (PDF)   Amharic (PDF)


Registration Packets for Kindergarten:
English (PDF)   Español (PDF)   Arabic (PDF)   Amharic (PDF)

To download individual forms, see the Registration Forms section below.

Pre-Kindergarten/Preschool Registration: Visit the Early Childhood Opportunities page.


Kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year is now open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during regular school days at all schools.

If you need ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Student Services at 703-619-8034.

If your child needs health insurance, visit www.famis.org for information about Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS).

When to Register

According to Virginia law, your child must be five years old on or before September 30 to register for kindergarten. There is no deadline for registration, but ACPS urges parents to register early. To be admitted, a child must meet all documentation and health requirements. If you decide not to register your child for kindergarten, you must contact the school system in writing.

Children who will be six years old on or before September 30, must, by law, attend school. Parents of students who are starting school as first-graders should follow kindergarten registration procedures.

Parents of students transferring to ACPS from other school districts should enroll their children as soon as possible upon moving to Alexandria. Registration dates for transfer students are ongoing.

Parents who want their children to attend an ACPS school with a city-wide program must fill out an administrative transfer and indicate on the Reason for the Request portion that they desire to have their child attend a focus school.

Where to Register

If your child speaks English and was born in the United States, you must register at your home school, even if your child will attend a different ACPS school. To determine your home school, visit the online Attendance Zone Locator.

If a language other than English is spoken in your home, or your child was born outside the United States, register your child for school at the Office of English Language Learner (ELL) Services. All families who may need assistance with English may also register at the ELL Center located on the first floor at 1340 Braddock Place. Please call 703-619-8332 for more information.

Residency Requirements

Parents registering their child must have proof of residency. Two documents proving Alexandria City residency are required.

Registration Requirements

Registration Forms