Registering Your Child for School
Children moving into the community during the school year should register as soon
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
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. For a geographical view, see the
School Boundary Maps. 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 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
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
Collect Documentation Required for Enrollment - Please bring the
following documents to the registration appointment. All documents marked by an asterisk* should be originals.
Additionally, if applicable, bring these documents:
- Birth Certificate*
- Social Security Card
- Proof of Residence* (For homeowners -acceptable documents include the following: current utility bill (cable, non-cellular phone, or gas & electric) with service address indicated; for renters – acceptable documents include an original current lease (dates within 90 days of registration). Additional documentation (e.g. current utility bill) may also be required.
- Immunization Records
- Meal Benefit Form
- Proof of Income (for Pre-K Applications Only)
- Proof of parent identity and parental relationship.
- Prior School Name, Address and Phone Number
- Report Card
- Individual Education Plan
- Maryland Transfer Form
- Student Schedule
- Custody papers (Students can only be registered by the custodial parent)
- Lead Testing Form
Register at Your Local School - To determine the school your child
should attend, use the School locator. For a graphical view, see the Attendance
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
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
To apply for a boundary exception, contact your school’s Pupil Personnel Worker. Click here for a directory.