How to Enroll Your Child

Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year opens on Wednesday, March 9. All elementary schools will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. View schedule of kindergarten open houses.

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

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

If your child needs health insurance, visit 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.

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