How to Register a Child for School

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Students are eligible to register for school in a given district:

  • If they have reached the age of 5 on or before August 31
  • If they are under the age of 21, have not been removed from school for cause, and have not obtained a high school diploma
  • If the student's parent, legal guardian, or caregiver adult resides in the school district's attendance area

A student can be enrolled in school by:

 

Necessary Documents for Kindergarten Registration

You must have one document from #1, #2, #3, and #4 below.

#1. Certified copy of the student’s birth certificate or other satisfactory evidence of child's date of birth

Examples of other documents that may be accepted as proof of date of birth include:

  • A photocopy of a birth certificate
  • Previously verified school records
  • State-issued ID
  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Parent’s affidavit attesting to student’s age
  • Physician’s certificate verifying a student’s age
  • Life insurance policy
  • Immunization records
  • Entry in family Bible
  • Baptismal or church certificate

#2. Proof of Residence -- This must be in the name of the students' parents or court-appointed guardian.

Any one of the following can be used:

  • Current or recently dated gas, water, or electric bill
  • Signed lease agreement
  • Signed closing statement of construction agreement with closing date within 45 days of enrollment of student

#3. Picture ID of parent or court-appointed guardian

#4. Immunization Record -- If your child is has not been immunized, contact your local school for information on when immunizations are conducted through the school.

 

If you registering a child for 1st through 12th grade (not kindergarten), you will also need a Discipline Status Enrollment Form (G.S. 115C-366(a3)(2)) [Affidavit A]. This form is a statement that the student has not been suspended or expelled from another school. You do not need an attorney to fill out this form. However, this form must be notarized. You should not sign this form until you are in the presence of a notary.

Some schools will ask for a copy of a report card or transcript from the previous school, but this is not required.

 

You do not need to have court-appointed legal guardianship for a child to enroll him or her in school.

If you are not the student's parent or court-appointed guardian, and the parent is available, you will need the documents listed in #1, #2, #3, and #4 above and both of the following:

  • Educational Residency Affidavit for the Parent (Affidavit B) -- You do not need an attorney to fill out this form. However, this form must be notarized, so the parent should not sign the form until he or she is in the presence of the notary.

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  • Educational Residency Affidavit for the Caregiver (Affidavit C) -- You do not need an attorney to fill out this form. However, this form must be notarized, so the caregiver should not sign the form until he or she is in the presence of the notary.

You can register a child for school if you are the child's caregiver and the child's parent is unavailable. A parent is unavailable if they are deceased, are ill, are incarcerated, are on active military duty, have been convicted of abuse or neglect, have relinquished physical custody and control of the student, have lost their home due to natural disaster, or are otherwise impossible to locate.

You will need the documents listed in #1, #2, #3, and #4 above and the following:

  • Educational Residency Affidavit for the Caregiver (Affidavit C) -- You do not need an attorney to fill out this form. However, this form must be notarized, so the caregiver should not sign the form until he or she is in the presence of the notary.