Register for Kindergarten and PreK

Register for Kindergarten and PreK

Registration for Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) fall 2017 kindergarten and the application process for pre-kindergarten classes begin Monday, March 13 at local elementary schools. 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 2017, a child must be five on or before September 1, 2017. 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.

Applications for FCPS fall 2017 pre-kindergarten classes also begins Monday, March 13. FCPS recommends calling your local school for specific hours. The pre-kindergarten applications will be available at your local school. 

To enter pre-kindergarten in fall 2017, a child must be four on or before September 1, 2017. 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 meal, provide income documentation for each household member by providing one of the following:  three consecutive paystubs from the past six months, or a recent W2 form showing 2016 earnings, or a letter from an employer on letterhead stating the parent/guardian’s income, social services agency or foster care documentation. If the child has a documented special need, please provide a copy of the 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, Carroll Manor, Emmitsburg, Glade, Hillcrest, Lincoln, Monocacy, Middletown Primary, New Market, North Frederick, Oakdale, Orchard Grove, Spring Ridge, Thurmont Primary, Twin Ridge, Valley, Waverley, Whittier, Wolfsville and Woodsboro. All other schools are paired with classes at these location. Registration for all pre-kindergarten classes occurs at the child’s home school or paired school. 

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

For more information, please refer to http://www.fcps.org/academics/elementary-school-academics