School registration and enrollment in the Gainesville City School System for the 2018-19 academic year begins Monday, Feb. 26.
Sign-ups for the pre-K lottery extend through March 7 at the city school board office, 508 Oak St., with the drawing set for March 8.
Gainesville is expanding pre-K to all elementary schools beginning this fall.
Registration for rising kindergarten students extends through March 9. Parents or guardians should sign up at the elementary school they would like their child to attend from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday during the two-week registration period.
Gainesville schools registration, enrollment
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays Feb. 26-March 9 (ends March 7 for pre-K)
Where: School board office, 508 Oak St., Gainesville
Earlier this month, the Gainesville Board of Education unanimously approved changes to attendance zones and will now limit school choice.
Under the new attendance zones, Gainesville’s elementary schools will be divided into two clusters, with parents choosing their child’s school within that cluster.
One cluster will include Centennial, Fair Street, New Holland and Enota elementaries. The other will include Mundy Mill and Gainesville Exploration
If parents choose to send their child to a school outside of their cluster, they will be required to provide their own transportation.
Parents could previously choose which elementary school their child attended, with the exception of the new Mundy Mill Academy.
For kindergarten registration, parents should bring the following documents:
Immunization form No. 3231;
Ears, eyes and dental certificate No. 3300;
Social Security card (if available);
Two proofs of residency documents, which include current lease/mortgage/purchase agreement, current warranty or quit claim deed, current paycheck stub/IRS Form 1099, current homeowner’s insurance policy and a copy of a current (within 30 days) utility (gas, water, electric, cable/internet bill with service address);
and photo identification of parent/guardian.
The same documents and requirements are necessary to register and enroll students in grades one through 11 who are new residents in the city.
Newly enrolling nonresidents can register at the school board office through March 9. Parents should bring the following documents: school transcript for high school students; current report card for elementary or middle school students; and attendance and behavior records. Parents will be notified of acceptance or denial on or before March 16.
Finally, choice enrollment forms will be sent home with currently enrolled pre-K through fourth-grade students on Feb. 26. Information about each student’s assigned cluster will be printed on the letter. Parents should complete and return the choice enrollment forms by March 9.