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Enrollment in Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 12

Kindergarten Registration

If your child is 5 (or almost 5), it’s time to sign up for Kindergarten. 

Kindergarten is an important learning experience for young children. Those who start kindergarten on the first day of school do better. They get comfortable and make friends. They’re prepared and the school is prepared for them, too. Parents are encouraged to enroll their eligible children for Kindergarten.  

Start now with these four easy steps:  

  1. Visit your local school district’s website or click PDF Icon here for a list of birthdate requirements and registration information, since they vary from district to district.
  2. Contact your school district for registration information if your local school is not included on either of the lists provided in Step 1.
  3. Gather your paperwork -- including the original and a copy of your child's birth certificate (see below if you do not have his/her birth certificate), his/her immunization record and two proofs of residence (see below for list of qualifying documents).
  4. Make an appointment to visit your child's future school, during the times and dates listed on the document in Step 1 or on the district's website, by either phone or email.

It’s fun to give your budding Kindergartner a glimpse of his or her future, so make arrangements to visit his or her Kindergarten classroom.

For additional information, dial 2-1-1.

World Wide Web Icon Information about enrollment in the Pittsburgh Public School District 

World Wide Web Icon Information about cut-off dates for Kindergarten enrollment in Allegheny County school districts outside the City of Pittsburgh.  

World Wide Web Icon Information about Allegheny County school districts outside the City of Pittsburgh  

World Wide Web Icon Ideas to help you help your child have a successful transition to Kindergarten 

World Wide Web Icon Ready Freddy Pathways to Kindergarten Success  

Documents Needed for Kindergarten Registration and Enrollment in Grades 1 through 12 
  1. Proof of Age

    Proof of age may include the following:  

  2. Proof of residency

    Acceptable documents include:  

    • A deed
    • A lease
    • Current credit card bill (within 30 days)
    • Current utility bill (within 30 days)
    • Department of Transportation identification card
    • Driver's license
    • Property tax bill
    • Vehicle registration
  3. Proof of Immunizations

    • Documentation from the child’s pediatrician or other medical professional is needed.
  4. Signed Act 26 statement

    • This document will be provided by the school at the time of enrollment and should be signed by the parent or person who has care and control of the child. This statement indicates that the child has not been arrested for a serious weapons offense. By law, it does not need to be notarized and it should be filled out honestly by the person enrolling the child in school “to the best of their knowledge.” 
Enrollment of Homeless Students

Additional Resources

World Wide Web Icon Enrollment in grades 1 – 12 in the Pittsburgh Public School District
World Wide Web Icon Enrollment in grades 1 – 12 in Allegheny County School Districts outside the City of Pittsburgh 
World Wide Web Icon Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Enrollment of Students Basic Education Circular  

Enrollment/School Stability and Attendance training 
PowerPoint Enrollment/School Stability and Attendance
PDF Icon Enrollment/School Stability and Attendance  

Addresses the laws that empower children in care to remain in the same school even when their living placement changes. This is an overview of Pennsylvania’s enrollment laws which ensure the prompt enrollment of all students.

  • Laws that govern school stability
  • Homeless and foster children’s rights
  • Steps to take to ensure a child enrolls in school
  • What to do during disputes
  • Fostering Connections

Supporting documents  

For other related trainings 

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