Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration Begins Monday, March 19

Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration Begins Monday, March 19

Originally published January 23, 2018

Registration for Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) fall 2018 kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes begins Monday, March 19 at local elementary schools*.

Kindergarten registration will continue on school days between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. FCPS recommends calling your local school* for specific hours. Schools strongly encourage early registration so they have time to predict accurate class size and hire adequate staff.

To enter kindergarten in fall 2018, a child must be five on or before September 1, 2018. Those registering will need the child’s immunization record, proof of birth date and proof of residency. All kindergarten classes at public elementary schools in Frederick County are full-day programs, generally 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

To enter pre-kindergarten in fall 2018, a child must be four on or before September 1, 2018. Students are selected based on criteria such as eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals or factors that increase a child’s risk of not being successful in school. Proof of income eligibility is required for automatic priority placement.

For pre-kindergarten applications, provide the child’s immunization record, proof of birth date and proof of residency. If planning to have the child enter with automatic priority placement status based on the federal income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced-price meals, provide income documentation for each household member by providing one of the following: three consecutive paystubs within the past six months, a W2 form/federal tax return showing 2017 earnings, a Food Supplemental Program verification letter, or a Temporary Cash Assistance verification letter (if those do not apply, please contact the school for other options). If applying for automatic status due to homelessness or foster care, appropriate documentation will be required as well. If the child has a documented special need, please provide a copy of the child’s current Individualized Education Program (IEP).

With sufficient enrollment, FCPS will offer pre-kindergarten classes, all of which are half day, at the following elementary schools:  Ballenger Creek, Brunswick, Butterfly Ridge, Carroll Manor, Emmitsburg, Glade, Hillcrest, Lincoln, Middletown Primary, Monocacy, New Market, North Frederick, Orchard Grove, Spring Ridge, Thurmont Primary, Valley, Walkersville, Waverley, Whittier, and Woodsboro. All other schools are paired with pre-k classes at these locations, as follows: Tuscarora pre-k students attend Carroll Manor; Myersville and Wolfsville pre-k students attend Middletown Primary; Centerville, Deer Crossing, Green Valley, Kemptown, Twin Ridge and Urbana at Sugarloaf pre-k students attend New Market; Parkway pre-k students attend North Frederick; Oakdale pre-k is at Spring Ridge; Lewistown and Sabillaville pre-k attend Thurmont Primary; Yellow Springs pre-k is at Whitter; and Liberty pre-k is at Woodsboro. Registration for all pre-kindergarten classes occurs at the child’s home school or paired school.  

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The above information does not apply to charter schools, which enroll students by lottery.  

*For information about registering at Butterfly Ridge Elementary, which opens in the fall, please visit: