FCPS provides free public education to eligible Frederick County students ages 4-21. Students are assigned to schools based on their home location. Children who attend a childcare center may attend the school that serves the center unless that school is restricted to out-of-district students due to overcrowding or is in its first year of operation (here's the latest Restricted Schools List).
To register, first identify which school your child will attend (here's a link to find your local school). You will then need to visit our online enrollment portal (English / Spanish) where you can complete an online enrollment in a secure, virtual environment.
You need to provide the following information to your child's school
- Enrollment Form Template: English | Spanish. Visit our online enrollment portal (English / Spanish) where you can complete an online enrollment in a secure, virtual environment
- Immunization and health records, provide BOTH of the following:
- Department of Health and Mental Hygiene form 896 Immunization Certificate or other proof of immunizations (view the complete immunization schedule here), and
- Documentation of a recent physical exam, recorded on the Maryland Schools Record of Physical Examination. If your child's last physical exam was more than 9 months prior to the start of school, you may wait to submit the form until this year's exam is completed.
- Proof of date of birth (provide one of these: Birth certificate, physician's certificate, hospital certificate, baptismal or church certificate, parent's affidavit, or passport/visa)
- Proof of residency (provide one of these: current property tax bill, current rental bill, current utility bill for water, gas, or electric)
- Parent photo identification
The required enrollment documentation outlined above may be easily uploaded as part of the online enrollment process. Parents who are not able to upload the required enrollment documentation may return those items via US mail to your student’s enrollment building.
Often a parent/guardian and child do not own or rent the home in which they live. If this is your case, then the person who actually owns or rents the home must provide the same proof of residency as listed above (current property tax bill, current rental bill, current utility bill) and must complete and have notarized the FCPS Parent Residence Affidavit Multi-Family form.
FCPS may obtain discipline and expulsion records when a student transfers from another school system. The superintendent may deny admission to a student who is currently expelled from another school system for a period of time equal to the expulsion.
FCPS also has an International Office to help non-English speaking families.
FCPS International Office:
International and/or multilingual families who need assistance utilizing the online system for enrollment please contact the International Office for support at 240-236-8761 or for Spanish 240-236-8762
The FCPS International Office assists in enrolling students who:
- Are new immigrants or international students that speak a language other than English
- Are bilingual or not yet able to speak standard English
- Have international or foreign transcripts that FCPS needs to evaluate for high school credits
During enrollment, the International Office will administer an English language placement test to determine their level of English proficiency.
When enrolling a student, the FCPS International office can provide notary services and help check and fill out all the paperwork needed at school:
- Enrollment form
- Proof of Birth
- Proof of Residency
- Immunization Record
- Home Language Survey
- Permission for Placement
Additional forms for grades 6-12 only
- School records
- Curriculum history
- Special bus request form (if applicable)
English Learner (EL) services are not mandatory but are highly recommended. Federal and state law require school systems to offer EL services.
Here is a link with directions to the FCPS International Office:
FCPS offers pre-kindergarten to all students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. To enter Pre-K, a child must turn 4 years old on or before September 1 of a given year. Applications are available at all elementary schools; registration begins in March. Enrollment is limited. More information on pre-kindergarten is available here.
If you are planning to enroll your child with automatic priority status based on free or reduced-price meal eligibility, you will need to submit ONE of these: three consecutive pay stubs from the past six months OR a W2 form showing the prior year's earnings OR a letter from an employer or social services agency (on letterhead) stating the applicant's family income OR foster care documentation.
Bus service is provided to Pre-K students eligible for transportation under FCPS Policy 441 who live in the attendance area of schools where classes are offered. Parents are responsible for the transportation of students whose walking route to and from the school is 1.25 miles or less or who live outside the attendance area of the school where the classes are held.
Inclusive Special Education Pre-Kindergarten
Frederick County Public Schools is offering a unique pre-kindergarten educational program. The Inclusive Pre-K program is in addition to, and different from our regular pre-kindergarten class. These classes are available at 14 FCPS locations and educate all students using pre-academic standards while implementing Individual Education Programs (IEP) for eligible children who have been identified with a disability. Participation in this program provides opportunities for all students to strengthen their social and academic skills through an inclusive preschool setting.
Inclusive Pre-K Classrooms are available for 3 and 4-year old students who will attend ½ day sessions. Students must be 3 or 4 by September 1st. Applying for a student to participate as a peer in this program does not guarantee enrollment and students must reapply every year. Parents must provide transportation to and from school and may apply to any location, regardless of residence. The application process is now open and students will be selected via a lottery process. Please visit our website where specific details are explained. There is one application for Hillcrest Elementary and a separate application is available for the remaining 13 schools:
- Inclusive Pre-Kindergarten Program Information and Application - Hillcrest Elementary School Only
- Inclusive Pre-Kindergarten Program Information and Application - All Other Schools
All FCPS kindergarten programs are full day, most starting at 9 a.m. and dismissing around 3:30 p.m. To enter kindergarten in August, a child must turn 5 years old on or before September 1 of that calendar year. Children entering first grade must have completed public kindergarten or have been approved for entry by FCPS. Whenever possible, parents are encouraged to register their children well in advance of the first day of school so that schools and teachers are prepared to accommodate enrollment.
Parents who do not wish to enroll a 5-year-old in a kindergarten or other approved program may request a 1-year waiver (Waiver Form | Waiver Form in Spanish). At the end of the waiver year, the student will enter kindergarten rather than first grade. For more information, contact Student Support Services.
Early Entrance to Kindergarten
Children can be considered for early entrance to kindergarten if they're born 45 days after the regular kindergarten cutoff. Call your home school to discuss this option. You'll also need to submit information to the office of Early Childhood Education (no later than July 27th) to be considered.
Immunizations and Health Records
The following are required to enroll a student in a Maryland public school for the first time.
Verification of all state-required immunizations, recorded on Department of Health and Mental Hygiene form 896 Immunization Certificate.
Documentation of a recent physical exam, recorded on the Maryland Schools Record of Physical Examination.
Pre-k and kindergarten students may require evidence of blood lead testing if the student resides or has ever resided in an area designated as at-risk by the Maryland Targeting Plan for Childhood Lead Poisoning. The Blood Lead Testing Certificate form 4620 (or another written document signed by a healthcare practitioner) can meet this requirement.
Exemptions from immunizations, a physical examination and blood lead testing are permitted if they are contrary to a students' or family's religious beliefs. Students may also be exempted from immunization requirements if a physician/nurse practitioner or health department official certifies that there is a medical reason for the student not to receive a vaccine.
Lack of these records may cause delayed enrollment or exclusion from school. For assistance in obtaining immunizations or a physical examination, please contact the health staff in your child's school or contact FCPS Health Services.
FCPS encourages medical and dental exams for students entering middle school to help identify health concerns that may affect educational performance. All students who participate in interscholastic sports must have a physical exam before the sport begins.
The online Out of District Transfer application form is currently unavailable. Please refer to Regulation 400-15, Assignment and Transfer of Students, for application deadlines. If you feel you have extenuating circumstances that require the completion of an out of district form, please contact MaryAnn Gomez at (240) 236-2493.
Families who wish to have their children attend Frederick County Public Schools but live in another Maryland county or outside the state of Maryland, must complete a Non-Resident application and a tuition fee will be charged. Please click here to access the Non-Resident application. Please contact Cathy Zier, Department of Student Services, 301-644-5238, for an estimate of the tuition charges.
Students in State-Supervised Care
State law and regulations govern the transfer of educational records for students who are in the custody of, committed to or otherwise placed by a placement agency, such as a local department of social services. For more information, contact Student Support Services.
Student Information Card
School offices maintain a Student Information Card for every child and refer to it anytime there is a question, concern or emergency. The form is printed with previously supplied information for each student and sent home at the beginning of the school year to be reviewed, corrected and returned.
Schools also request that you fill out a Health Information Card for your child. We send this form home at the start of every school year or when you enroll.
FCPS does not have insurance coverage for students' personal property. Students are responsible for their personal property. Limited student accident insurance may be purchased through a company approved to offer the program through Maryland schools. A football accident policy is also available. Consult with your insurance agent to see if policies you already hold provide adequate coverage. FCPS does not endorse these programs and does not handle claims or associated problems.
The Maryland Children's Health Program offers health insurance for children up to age 19 and pregnant women of any age from low to average income families. Applications are available in school health rooms or by contacting the Frederick County Health Department.