Frequently Asked Questions - Student Registration

  • What school zone do I live in?

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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.  The zoned school is based upon the physical address where that student lives. 

    Locate your child's school by address

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

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    Students entering Kindergarten in fall 2019 must be 5 years of age by September 30, 2019.

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  • Does RPS offer preschool programs?

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    We offer preschool programs for students who are age 3 through Head Start and age 4 through 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 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 will begin in December. Parents may select up to two schools “out-of-zone” to attend.  These students are then placed in a lottery for the 2020 - 2021 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.

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