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Registering Your Child for School

Children moving into the community during the school year should register as soon as possible.

Applications for Prekindergarten are available in schools beginning the first Friday in May and throughout the summer. Enrollment is not based on a "first come, first serve" basis. Registration for Kindergarten students begins on the first Friday in May and is continuous throughout the summer. Other elementary students and secondary students can be registered at any time which is convenient to the school and the parents/guardians. Parents/guardians are asked to call the school Adobe Acrobat Document to arrange for appointments for registering their children. It is recommended that this registration occur as early as possible during the summer.

Parents must live in the school attendance area of the school in which they plan to enroll their child. Use the School Locator to help determine your attendance area. Students must be registered by the custodial parent (biological, adoptive, legal guardian). Parents/guardians who are unable to register their children at the scheduled time in May should call the school Adobe Acrobat Document for an appointment.

At the time of registration, parents/guardians are required to present a picture I.D. (driver’s license, military I.D. or passport), the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and proof of residency. All students must meet State immunization requirements before they may be admitted to school.

A record of a Physical Examination is required for students who are entering a Maryland public school for the first time - either nine months prior to entering or six months after entering. Students entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade must provide documentation certifying that the child had undergone lead testing.

How to Register Your Child for School

Step 1 Verify Age Requirements - Children must be at least 5 years of age on or before September 1st to be eligible for kindergarten. PreK students must be at least 4 years old on or before September 1st.

Harford County Public School currently has Full-Day Kindergarten in each elementary school.

Step 2 Collect Documentation Required for Enrollment - Please bring the following documents to the registration appointment. All documents marked by an asterisk* should be originals.
  • Birth Certificate*
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of Residence* The following are types of acceptable documentation that may be acceptable for proof of residency: Current monthly utility bill dated within 90 days of enrollment (e.g. BGE, Comcast, Verizon, landline phone). The utility bill must show name, service address, usage and charge. Note: a Start Up Notice or pink Turn Off Notice is not acceptable. Settlement papers or a lease agreement must be submitted to the Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW) in your attendance area if the family is new to Harford County or has recently changed residence. A follow-up utility bill will be required. All documents must be originals, dated within 90 days of registration.
  • Immunization Records
  • Meal Benefit Form
  • Proof of Income (for Pre-K Applications Only)
  • Proof of parent identity and parental relationship.
Additionally, if applicable, bring these documents:
  • Prior School Name, Address and Phone Number
  • Report Card
  • Individual Education Plan
  • Transcripts
  • Maryland Transfer Form
  • Student Schedule
  • Custody papers (Students can only be registered by the custodial parent)
  • Lead Testing Form Adobe Acrobat Document
Step 3 Register at Your Local School - To determine the school your child should attend, use the School locator.

Use the school contact list to contact the school and find the school's location.

Harford County Public Schools are open 8:00 - 4:00 P.M., Monday-Friday throughout the year, including the summer months. Please contact the school prior to visiting to verify that someone will be available to assist with registering your child.

Please review the information on How to Enroll and contact your local school for details.

Boundary Exception Request Guidelines

Student boundary exception decisions require balancing countywide considerations with those of the student and family. Applications for a boundary exception will be processed on a first come-first served basis. Read more about Boundary Exception Requests.

To apply for a boundary exception, contact your school’s Pupil Personnel Worker. Click here for a directory.