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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.
Remember to bring the following documents with you when you come to register or transfer:

Proof of Student Identity & Age 
•    Birth certificate or other government-issued document (passport, military ID, birth registration, DHS/DOJ/DOS immigration and refugee resettlement forms)

Proof of Parent/Guardian Identity
•    Photo ID of the parent/legal guardian (driver’s license, passport, alien/permanent resident card, military ID, employment authorization card, ISAP card, DHS/DOJ/DOS immigration and refugee resettlement forms) 

Proof of Address (only two (2) of the following examples are required)
•    Complete, recent utility bill (gas, electric, water, telephone, or cable)*
•    Deed or title to residential property
•    Fully-executed, property sales agreement
•    Military housing order
•    Mortgage settlement sheet
•    Original, signed (by landlord and tenant) lease agreement reflecting the name(s) of the parent(s)/guardian(s) as tenants
•    Property tax bill or statement
•    Recent bank or mortgage statement* 
•    Recent employer pay stub*
•    Recent homeowner, renter, or medical insurance statement*
•    Recent letter from Social Security Administration, Social Services, Maryland Vehicle Administration, Internal Revenue Services, or Maryland Judicial System*

*Recent = within the last sixty (60) days

Other Requested Documentation
•    Academic records (recent report card and/or transcript)
•    Individualized education program (IEP) or 504 documents (if applicable)
•    Proof of custody/guardianship (if applicable)
•    Health records (immunization history, lead test certificate, and physical/vision exam results) – new enrollees only

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.