By Miriam Myers , GreatSchools Staff
Check well in advance of the school year to find out what paperwork is required and when the deadlines are. To be sure what a particular school's requirements are, check with your school district, the school's Web site or call the school directly.
Many school districts ask you to apply for more than one school with a common application. Find out from your district what their policy is.
In most states, to be eligible for kindergarten, your child must be at least 5 years of age. The birthday cut-off date varies by state.
Either a birth certificate or another reliable document stating the child's identity and age (such as a passport, school ID card, school record, report card, military ID, hospital birth record, adoption record or baptismal certificate). Some schools may require a social security card. If you need another copy of your child's birth certificate, see Vital Records Information.
Provide a driver's license, voter/motor registration card, utility bill, rent statement, income tax return statement, proof of home ownership (including a mortgage statement) or any official document showing both your name and address.
Check with your school district to find out which immunizations are required.
Some schools require vision and dental check-ups at certain ages. Make the required appointments before registering.
You may have to fill out registration and emergency medical referral forms.
Some schools (usually magnet or charter schools) with a specific focus require students to demonstrate their talent in a performing or visual art. Usually, this involves an audition or submitting a portfolio of work.
Check the school's Web site or call to see if there are any added requirements such as an application form. Charters don't usually have an enrollment boundary and can recruit students from a larger geographic area. Some schools have a lottery system when there are more student applications than available slots. Some performing or visual art charter schools require students to demonstrate their talent with an audition or a portfolio of work.
Check each school's Web site or call the school directly. Many private schools require an application form, teacher recommendations and past report cards. Some schools require your child to interview and take a formal assessment test. Some performing or visual art schools require students to demonstrate their talent with an audition or a portfolio of work.