Frequently Asked Questions - Student Registration

  • 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, 2019.  

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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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  • 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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  • What is open enrollment?

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    Open enrollment refers to the process of applying to a school zoned for an address other than the physical address in which the student currently resides, also referred to as an “out-of-zone” school. The Open Enrollment process is designed to give parents an option to choose from schools that may more closely align with the needs of their child(ren).

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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.  For further information please visit the Pupil Placement Services web page which can be found under “Departments” on the main web page.  You may also contact the Office of Pupil Placement Services at (804)780-7811.  

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  • Is transportation provided for my child if they are selected to attend a school through the Open

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    Transportation is not provided for students attending a school through Open Enrollment, with the exception of Binford Middle School, which utilizes a hub transportation system. Students attending Maggie L. Walker and Appomattox Regional Governor's Schools also receive transportation through the district's hub transportation system.

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  • How many schools may a student apply to?

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    Parents may apply for up to two schools through Open Enrollment. There is no limit to the number of specialty school to which a student may apply.

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  • Which schools are identified as ‘Specialty Schools’?

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    Our specialty schools offer unique programs and instructional settings to support students’ individual learning needs. These schools include Franklin Military Academy, Open High School, Richmond Community High School, Patrick Henry School of Sciences and Arts, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School and the International Baccalaureate programs at Thomas Jefferson High School and Lucille Brown Middle School.

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  • How do I register my child for Governor's School?

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    Governor's Schools applications open on October 15, 2019 and close on December 2, 2019. To access the Governor's School Application Portal please click the following link:

     Governor's School Application Portal

    More information can be found on the flyer.

    Governor's School Family Support Nights (English)

    Governor's School Family Support Nights (Spanish)

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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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  • Will there be any support available for the new application process?

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    To support parents with the new application process, information sessions will be held during all application periods.

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