How to Enroll

Kindergarteners
  • Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year is now open.

    Call your school for more information on when to visit and enroll. Use the Attendance Zone Locator to find your neighborhood school.

    See a list of Kindergarten Open House dates.


    Enrollment Forms

    Parents have three options for completing enrollment forms:

    Kindergarten: EnglishEspañolAmharicArabic

    Grades 1-12: EnglishEspañolAmharicArabic

     


     

    Pre-Kindergarten/Preschool Registration

    Visit the Early Childhood Opportunities page.

     


     

    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. See the registration packet for details.

    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. If you decide not to register your child for kindergarten, you must contact the school system in writing.

    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 assigned neighborhood school, even if your child will attend a different ACPS school. To determine your neighborhood 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 Learner (EL) Services located on the first floor of ACPS Central Office at 1340 Braddock Place. Please call 703-619-8332 for more information.

    Residency Requirements

    Parents registering their child must provide two documents proving Alexandria City residency.

    Elementary Transfer Requests

    See the Elementary Transfer Requests page.

    Program Transfers

    Currently, there are three options available for families to opt in to by applying for a Program Transfer:

    • Jefferson-Houston School's K-8 Program
    • Dual Language Program at Mount Vernon Community School or John Adams Elementary School
    • Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School's Modified Calendar Program

    Program options are based on capacity at these schools.

    Families can also opt out of Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School and Mount Vernon Community School. Families may not opt out of John Adams Elementary School due to the availability of English language instruction. Families may not opt out of Jefferson-Houston School at K-5, but may opt out of Jefferson-Houston at middle school.

    Families who opt out of Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School or Mount Vernon Community School will be placed in another school based on capacity and proximity to the student's home.

    See the Elementary Transfer Requests page for forms and policies.

    Registration Lottery (If Needed)

    If the number of students registered at a traditional calendar school exceeds the number of places by June 15, a lottery will be held for all prospective kindergartners registered by that date. Siblings of current students at that school will be registered automatically unless they choose to opt out.

    If the number of students registered at Tucker exceeds the number of spaces by June 1, a lottery will be held for all prospective kindergartners registered by that date. Siblings of current students will be registered automatically at Tucker unless they choose to opt out.

    ADA accommodations

    If you need ADA accommodations, please call the Department of Student Services, Alternative Programs and Equity at 703-619-8034.