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How to Enroll Your Child in School

New Enrollment Process

MCPS has launched a new online registration/enrollment process to support families who wish to enroll their children. Families who are enrolling their children in Prekindergarten/Head Start programs and kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year, as well as new K-12 and international enrollments for the 2020-2021 school year, can complete the process in three ways:

  1. Online, starting with this Registration Survey   (this is the quickest way)
  2. By paper forms. Complete the registration survey to request forms to be mailed to your home. 
  3. By paper phone: .
    1. For questions regarding prekindergarten enrollment, please call 240-740-4530 and leave a message. A staff member will call you back.
    2. For questions regarding the enrollment of international students in grades 1-12, please call 240-740-4500.
    3. For all other questions, please contact your school directly. You can determine which school is 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