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New Kindergarten Enrollment Process

PLEASE NOTE: The process has changed for registering children in kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. Kindergarten registration will be online through the ParentVUE portal.

All elementary schools with kindergarten classes offer a full-day kindergarten program.

(There are six elementary schools that do not serve grades K-2.)

Are you new to MCPS?

You will need to create a ParentVue account here. After creating a ParentVUE account, you will be prompted to register when you first log in.

Are you already an MCPS parent/guardian?

Follow this link to register online.

  1. You can use your ParentVUE account to access Online Registration.
  2. If you have not activated your ParentVUE account, contact your home school and they will send your login credentials.
  3. Forgot your login ID and/or password? Contact the Community Support Hotline at 240-740-7020 (7AM-8PM Mon-Fri) or via e-mail at communitytechsupport@mcpsmd.org

Questions? Here is helpful information on how to Get Started with Kindergarten Online Registration.


Kindergarten Registration Flyers

Easy access to the registration process is included on the flyers below:

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Learn more about the MCPS Kindergarten Program, read the Kindergarten Handbook and find downloadable forms here.


Prekindergarten/Head Start and Grade 1-12 Enrollment Process

For the 2021-2022 school year, registration for Prekindergarten/Head Start programs, enrollment in Grades 1-12 and international student enrollment, can be completed in three ways:

  1. Online, starting with this Registration Survey (this is the quickest way)
  2. Traditional paper forms. Complete the registration survey to request forms be mailed to you.
  3. Over-the-phone assistance filling out forms.
    1. For questions about enrolling in prekindergarten or Head Start, call 240-740-4530 and leave a message. A staff member will call you back to assist in filling out the forms.
    2. For questions about enrolling international students in Grades 1-12, call 240-740-4500.
    3. For all other questions, contact your school directly. You can determine the school assigned to your address by using the School Assignment Locator. A list of all MCPS schools can be found here.

Quick Links

Enrollment of Students (resident and nonresident guidelines)
Quick Guide to Enrollment
Special Programs

Enroll Step 1 Determine the student's eligibility

Children age 5 by September 1 and not age 21 on the first day of school are eligible for enrollment.

Contact International Admissions and Enrollment at 240-740-4500 to begin the enrollment process when:

  • The student is age 7 or older by September 1 and has not attended school within the U.S. or a U.S. accredited school (i.e., Department of Defense school or an accredited American International school in a foreign country) within the past two years, or
  • The student does not live with a parent or legal guardian.

Enroll Step 2 Identify and contact the school

You should register at the child's local school.

To determine what the local school is for a specific address, check the School Assignment Locator or call the School Boundary Information Line at 240-314-4710 between 9 a.m.–12 p.m. weekdays.

How to Enroll - Step 3 Verify age, identity, residency, and immunization compliance

Parents registering their children for the first time in a Montgomery County public school must provide proof of age, identity, county residency and immunizations, unless homeless. Required immunizations must be completed within 20 days of registration.

Students who have previously attended school should bring their latest report card, if available. Students receiving special education services should bring a copy of the current Individualized Education Program (IEP).

More Information

Enrollment, Residency and Immunization Compliance
Questions regarding guardianship, residency status, and immunization requirements

Early Entrance Procedures
Information on early enrollment in kindergarten and grade 1

Division of Early Childhood Programs & Services
Information on kindergarten waivers and other processes

Prekindergarten & Head Start Programs
Preschool program for economically disadvantaged children

Preschool Education Program (PEP)
Educational services for young children with disabilities

Kindergarten
Kindergarten information and resources