Frequently Asked Questions - Student Registration

  • What documents do I need to provide when registering my child?

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    You will need your child’s original birth certificate, immunization record, and proof of a physical (within the last 12 months).  Parents must provide proof of city residency (a copy of a lease or mortgage showing the address and a copy of a current utility bill (electric, gas, or water). 

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  • How do I register my child for school?

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    Here in Richmond City there are many programs to address the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students.  We offer pre-school programs for students who are age 3 and 4 through Head Start and the Virginia Pre-School Initiative (VPI).  Please contact these offices at 780-7794 and 780-8585 respectively for additional information. 

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  • How old does my child have to be to enter kindergarten?

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    Students entering Kindergarten must be 5 years of age by September 30, 2018.  

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  • What school should my child attend?

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    Each residence in the city of Richmond has a zoned school at the elementary (K-5), middle (6-8), and high school (9-12) levels that have been assigned to serve that student.  The zoned school is based upon the physical address where that student lives. 

    Locate your child's school by address

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  • How can I choose a different school for my child to attend?

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    Each year students may participate in a process entitled “Open Enrollment”.  The application period for this process begins in October. Parents may select up to two schools “out-of-zone” to attend.  These students are then placed in a lottery for the 2018 - 2019 school year.  A student’s acceptance is based upon the student’s lottery position and school enrollment capacity for “out-of-zone” applicants at each grade level.  For further information please visit the Pupil Personnel Services web page which can be found under “Departments” on the main web page.  You may also contact the Office of Pupil Personnel Services at (804)780-7811 or (804)780-7780.  

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