Georgia School Enrollment Information

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Georgia Enrollment Details

Georgia Law Requires that children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten, and 6 years old by Sept. 1 to enroll in first grade. The only exceptions are:

Students who are age 5 by Dec. 31 and who have lived outside Georgia for the past two years AND been enrolled in a public or accredited private kindergarten may enroll in public kindergarten in Georgia. Students who are 6 by Dec. 31 and meet the above criteria may enroll in first grade in Georgia.

Parents Required to Verify Residency

Students who attend schools in the Fulton County School System must meet the criteria for residency in order to enroll. The criteria include:

  • The dwelling in which the student resides must appear on the tax rolls of Fulton County.
  • The student resides with his/her parent or legal guardian.
  • The student resides with a foster parent.
  • The student is an emancipated minor
  • The student is homeless.

Parents or legal guardians must sign a notarized "Affidavit of Residency" for each child each year confirming the student is a resident of Fulton County.

Registration Requirements

Ear, Eye and Dental Screening - No child entering a Georgia school for the first time shall be admitted unless the child has a certificate of eye, ear and dental screening. This Georgia Department of Human Resources certificate (Form 3300) must be signed by the Health Department or a licensed Georgia physician.

Immunization Certificate

Georgia requires students to be immunized against measles, mumps, polio, rubella, whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza and varicella. Immunization information must be on the proper Georgia Department of Human Resources form; these are available through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness or local physicians (Form 3231).

Birth Certificate

Must be government issued - hospital certificates are not acceptable. Birth certificates may be requested from:
Georgia Department of Human Resources
Vital Records
2600 Skyland Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
Phone: 404-679-4701
Fax :404-524-4278

Proof of Residency

Two documents proving residence in the attendance area must be provided for all students. Records for verification of residency must include any two of the following:

  • Copy of home mortgage payment book
  • Current utility bill (gas, electric or water)
  • Apartment lease showing name of legal guardian
  • Homeowner's insurance registration/card
  • Current paycheck stub
  • Current bank statement
  • Driver's license showing legal guardian's current address with one of the above
  • Copy of sales contract
  • Receipt to have utilities connected

Social Security Number

Social Security numbers are voluntary. Waivers are available in local schools. Applications for Social Security numbers are also available in local schools. Migrant number is acceptable.

Academic Records

If possible, please bring most recent report card, withdrawal form from previous school and/or transcripts. These are essential for proper placement of students. Students in grades 7-12 also will need copies of any discipline records.

Parents of children entering pre-K, kindergarten or sixth grade have additional requirements:

  • Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten:
    The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) for children 5 years of age or younger. The number of doses needed depends on age.
    A second dose of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or provide laboratory proof of immunity.
    A second dose of the mumps vaccines.
    Two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine or provide laboratory proof of immunity (for children born on or after Jan. 1, 2006)
  • Sixth Grade:
    Two doses of measles vaccine.
    Two doses of mumps vaccine.
    one dose of rubella vaccine (or laboratory proof of immunity against measles, mumps or rubella).
    Two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or provide proof of immunity documented by a physician.

Thanks to Appen Media and their 2013 Education Answer Book. Please check out their link for more great information.

*While we believe all information above is accurate, please contact the Georgia Department of Education to verify.

Additional Resources:

  • Georgia Department of Education - for further information about any Georgia school, public or private.
  • - provides details and demographic information on any school, nationwide; also allows a comparison between your choice of schools.

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