• Registration / Enrollment

    HOW CAN I FIND MY SCHOOL?

    http://gis.pgcps.org/schoolfinder/findschool2.asp

    WHO MAY REGISTER A STUDENT?

    Only a parent or court-appointed guardian may register a student in a Prince George's County Public School.  If a student is residing with anyone else, they must either pay tuition to attend school, obtain legal court-appointed guardianship, or apply for a tuition waiver.  For additional information, please call 301-952-6302.  A child may not be registered on a notarized statement giving guardianship. 

    WHO NEEDS A TUITION WAIVER?

    Pupils whose parent(s) or court-appointed guardian(s) is/are not bona fide residents of Prince George's county are considered non-resident pupils. Non-resident pupils may be enrolled in Prince George’s County Public Schools if they are residing with a bona fide resident of the county, and request a waiver of tuition on behalf of the pupil. Waivers may be granted on the basis of extenuating circumstances. If the student, and the responsible adult with the student, identify themselves as being homeless, a waiver will be necessary only if living outside of Prince George’s County. Please note that it is not necessary to apply for court-appointed guardianship to apply for a tuition waiver.

    PROOF OF RESIDENCE

    Proof of residence shall be a prerequisite of admission to the public schools. Such proof must have the parent’s or court-appointed guardian’s name and address listed. It must also be provided to school personnel with any change in residence. Parent(s) and guardian(s) who are registering their child(ren) in Prince George’s County Public Schools for the first time must complete an Affidavit of Disclosure as required by law, verifying their legal residence. Proof of residence may be established by a combination of the following documents: settlement papers, lease/rental agreement, deed of property, mortgage statement, letter from apartment complexes on official letterhead, or a current tax assessment bill. These documents must be originals. Settlement papers, lease agreement, and rental agreements must be signed and dated by all parties.   Additional items including recent mail (within 30 days) are required if there are concerns regarding the proof of residence, if the original term of the lease has expired, or if the ownership information is more than one year old. The documents provided must be originals, not copies. These documents must be delivered by US Postal mail and may include the following: non-cell phone bill, utility bill, credit card statement, bank statement, mail from government agencies (excluding PGCPS) for official correspondence, hospital bill, or auto, home, or health insurance policy. Copies of online documents are not acceptable as proof of residence with the exception of an electronic commercial lease accompanied by an original letter from the property manager. Private party leases must be notarized by the landlord or attach a recent notarized statement by the landlord verifying the terms of lease.  The documents must be originals, not copies. A copy of the proof of residence must be attached to thePA-14, Student Registration Form.

    NOTE: If there is a question regarding the validity of one of the proofs, school personnel may require additional information, such as a recent utility bill or employment verification.

    NOTARIZED SHARED HOUSING AFFIDAVIT

    Some families will not have a house or apartment of their own, but will live with a relative or friend. For families sharing living space/property with a relative or friend, a notarized Prince George's County Public Schools Shared Housing Affidavit (no other affidavit/letter shall be accepted), signed by both parties detailing the living arrangement and all school age children of the sponsored family, may be used as proof of residence with the following conditions: 
     1) All parties must sign the notarized affidavit;2)The relative or friend, with whom the parents reside, must show their proof of residence in accordance with the specifications as outlined above ;3)Additional proof of residence (more than one item) is required of the parent.  These documents must be delivered by United States Postal mail and may include the following: non-cell phone bill, utility bill, credit card statement, bank statement, mail from government agencies (excluding PGCPS) for official correspondence, hospital bill or auto/home/or health insurance policy. Copies of on-line documents are not acceptable as proof of residence; 4)The parent should be advised that the school system reserves the right to monitor this type of proof periodically or as needed, normally 30 days.

    NOTE: Shared housing affidavit and U.S. Postal mail must be updated each school year to reflect a date no earlier than June preceding the opening of the next school year. For transitional students, proof of residence can be obtained beginning third quarter of the current school year and received no later than the beginning of the new school year.  A notarized affidavit should only be used when the parent/guardian and the student are living with relatives or friends.

    FOREIGN STUDENTS

    If the primary language is other than English or the child was born outside the U.S., or has studied in a foreign school system, please refer to theInternational Student Guidance Office, 301-445-8460,for an interview and assistance in completing registration forms.Students may not be accepted into a school until such an interview has taken place.Prekindergarten students register directly at the school.

    PROPER WITHDRAWAL FORMS

    Withdrawal forms from the previous school student attended should accompany a student transferring to a new school; however,DO NOTkeep students from registering if they have not been properly withdrawn from the previous school. The previous school should be notified that the student is now enrolled in your school and to verify grade placement.

    PROOF OF AGE

    Proof of age is required for all students being registered. An original proof of birth must be provided for students entering the school system for the first time. Sources for birth verification are listed on the PA-14, Student Registration Form.A copy of the proof of age must be attached to thePA-14, Student Registration Form. If a new student is already registered in one of Prince George’s County public schools, call the previous school to see if a copy of the birth verification is already on file in the student’s folder. If a copy is on file, you will not need a new copy.

    CHANGING ADDRESS

    If a student changes residence, only change a student’s address while the student is in attendance at your school. If a student is moving during the summer, the child is to be withdrawn from the current school, and the new school will enter the new address.Each time a student moves from one address to another, even within the same school, aPA-14, Student Registration Form, is completed.Always make a copy of the proof of residence and attach it to thePA-14,Student Registration Form.

    EARLY CHILDHOOD REGISTRATION

    Early Start

    Families must meet program income eligibility guidelines.

    Prekindergarten

    CONTACT: Early Childhood Office • Instructional Support Services Center, 9201 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 • 240-724-1924

    Prince George’s County Public Schools prekindergarten program provides early childhood education to four-year-olds to help prepare them for kindergarten. As mandated by the State of Maryland, children admitted to the prekindergarten program in the public schools shall be four (4) years old on or before September 1 of the school year in which they are applying. Early entrance will be considered for children turning four (4) years of age between September 2 and October 15 of the school year for which they are requesting early entrance. Those seeking early entrance into prekindergarten must be deemed developmentally delayed based on an early entrance assessment. For detailed information on prekindergarten admission procedures or to apply for early entrance testing, contact your boundary school. Families must meet program income eligibility guidelines. Students who meet age requirements and who are homeless will receive top priority.

    Kindergarten

    CONTACT: Early Childhood Office • Instructional Support Services Center, 9201 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 • 240-724-1924

    As mandated by the State of Maryland, children admitted to the kindergarten program in the public schools shall be five (5) years old on or before September 1 of the school year in which they are applying. Early entrance will be considered for children turning five (5) years of age between September 2 and October 15 of the school year for which they are requesting early entrance. Those seeking early entrance into kindergarten must demonstrate developmental readiness by achieving a score of 90% or better on an early entrance assessment. Participation in public kindergarten or an approved alternative program is required for all students in the State of Maryland. For detailed information on kindergarten admission procedures or to apply for early entrance testing, contact your boundary school.

    FIRST GRADE REGISTRATION

    Children admitted to the first grade in the public schools shall be at least six (6) years old on or before September 1 of the school year in which they apply for entrance.Children cannot be enrolled in first grade unless they meet the age of entrance and have completed a public or private kindergarten program, one of the three (3) alternative program settings, or home school instruction. This applies to all children who are Maryland residents. Students who do not meet the age of entrance will be placed in kindergarten, and the parent may nominate the child for Early Entrance to First Grade.A six (6) year-old moving into Maryland from another state that has not had kindergarten experience, may be enrolled in first grade. The parent or guardian must provide proof that they just moved into the state of Maryland and must complete the Affidavit of Disclosure (PA-15) to establish proof of their legal residence. If the parent or guardian cannot provide proof that the child attended kindergarten or one of the alternative programs, or that they are new residents of Maryland, then the child cannot be enrolled in the first grade. The child must be enrolled in kindergarten. Questions regarding the qualifications of any alternative program providers should be directed to the Early Childhood Office, 301-808-4000.

    HEALTH RELATED DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION

    Immunization record -The immunizations required before children can be admitted to school are diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough – for children through age 6), tetanus, polio, rubeola (measles), rubella (3-day measles), mumps, and children in preschool through grade 10 must have varicella (chicken pox) and hepatitis B vaccines.

    Regulations are as follows:

    1)Require two doses of rubeola (measles) vaccine for kindergarten – twelfth grade students, with both doses given on or after the first birthday and separated by at least 30 days. One dose, given after the first birthday, is required for prekindergarten students;2)Require one dose of mumps, rubella, and varicella vaccines given on or after the first birthday. Physician documented history of chicken pox disease is acceptable in lieu of vaccination;3)Require Haemophilus influenza (HIB) and Prevnar (PCV7) vaccines for children in preschool programs.

    Physical Examination -A physical examination is recommended for each child entering the Maryland Public School System for the first time. The examination must be performed within the period of nine months before school entry to six months after entry. The form is available at each school or can be accessed from the Health Services page on the school system web site,www.pgcps.org.

    Lead Screening Certificate -All newly enrolled students in pre-kindergarten through grade 1 must submit a form DHMH 4620 documenting that:1)Blood lead testing was done;OR 2)The child has never lived in a targeted ZIP Code;OR 3)The parent has a religious objection to the testing The documented tests should be at 12 months and 24 months of age. Two test results are required if the 1st test was done prior to 24 months of age. If the 1st test is done after 24 months of age, one test result is required. If there is a religious objection to the blood test, a Lead Risk Assessment must be administered by a health care provider. The form is available at each school or can be accessed from the Health Services page.