A child must be five years old on or before September 1 to enter a public kindergarten. A child must be six years old on or before September 1 to enter first grade. School systems must verify age before enrollment.
A child who was a legal resident of one or more states for a period of two years immediately prior to moving to Georgia and who was legally enrolled in either a public kindergarten or first grade, or a private kindergarten or first grade accredited by a state or regional association, would be eligible to enroll in Georgia schools, provided that the kindergartner is five years old by December 31 or the first grader is six by that date.
One of the following with the name and address of the enrolling parent/guardian:
Current lease/rental agreement
Current residential property tax statement or bill
Non-contingent sales contract/home purchase agreement
Utility bill (water, gas, or electric)
If the student's family is residing in the home or apartment of another individual, the person(s) with whom the family is living must accompany the parents/guardians to registration and present the following for enrollment:
Notarized third-person affidavit of residency
Photo ID of person(s) with whom the family is residing
Proof of residency matching the name and address of person with whom the family is residing
Inclusion of person with whom the family is residing as a contact on the registration form
Georgia guardianships are granted by the local probate court and a permanant guardianship may be offered when the minor has no living parents or the legal rights of the parents have been removed by the court. A temporary Georgia guardianship is granted when the legal guardian of the child needs a guardian for a particular reason. When the child is a minor, the temporary guardian has the same rights as a natural guardian, and these rights include medical treatment and decisions in school.
Please complete the following survey and return to your child's school. What is the Migrant Education Program? Why am I completing this survey?
The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.
Completing the Occupational Survey allows us to assess any additional services and programs that migrant students might need. Thank you
Please contact the Student Services Department of the Richmond County School System for support so that we can ensure your child's enrollment in school. 706-826-1000
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (the Act) includes an immediate school enrollment requirement that requires full participation in all school activities whether or not any of the required documentation can be provided.
Georgia law requires that students attend a public or private school or a home study program from their sixth to their 16th birthdays. Public Kindergarten is available in every school system, but it is not mandatory.
Georgia also provides a public Pre-Kindergarten Program for students who are four years old on or before September 1. This program is administered by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. For more information about Georgia’s Pre-K programs, click on the link below:
Form 3300 (Certificate of Eye, Ear, Dental Exam)
A student, regardless of grade level, who has never been in a Georgia public school must provide certification of eye, ear and dental examinations on the Georgia Department of Human Resources Form 3300. Any child admitted to school without a certificate must present one within 120 calendar days. Forms may be obtained and completed at the local public health departments or physician offices.
Who is required to file this Form 3300? The parent or guardian of a child who is being admitted for the first time to a public school in Georgia must file a completed Form 3300 with the school when the child is enrolled.
What is the purpose of Form 3300? Form 3300 is intended to make sure that every child in Georgia is screened for possible problems with their vision, hearing, teeth and nutrition. The earlier these problems are detected, the earlier parents can seek professional help for the child.
What screenings are required? Four different screenings are required: vision, hearing, dental, and nutrition. All four screenings must be conducted and reported on the form before it can be filed with the school.
Who can conduct the screenings? Your child’s doctor is authorized to conduct all four screenings, as is your local health department. In addition, the vision screening can be conducted by a Georgia licensed optometrist, an employee of Prevent
Blindness Georgia trained to conduct vision screening, or a school registered nurse; the hearing screening can be conducted by a Georgia licensed speech-language pathologist or audiologist, or a school registered nurse; the dental screening can be conducted by a Georgia licensed dentist, dental hygienist, or a school registered nurse; and the nutrition screening can be conducted by a Georgia licensed dietician or a school registered nurse. It is not necessary that the same person conduct all four screenings.
What does “BMI” and “BMI%” mean? “BMI” means “body mass index.” BMI is a way to describe how much a child weighs in relation to height. “BMI percentile” is a way to compare the child’s body mass index to the body mass index of a healthy child. If the child’s BMI is less than 5% or more than 84% of what is appropriate for his or her age and height, then the child should be taken to a doctor or dietician for a more detailed evaluation. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on child and teen BMI at:
What should a parent do if the “needs further evaluation” box is checked? “Needs further evaluation” means that the child may have a problem. If the “needs further evaluation” box is checked, then the parent should take the child to a professional for a more detailed evaluation. Your doctor or local health department may be able to help, or recommend someone who can help.
What if a Form 3300 was previously filed for the child at another school? It is only necessary to file the Form 3300 once. If the Form 3300 is filed at the child’s first school, and the child later transfers to another school, then the original school is required to forward the Form 3300 to the new school.
Form 3231 (Certificate of Immunization)
Georgia Law requires children attending school (Kindergarten – 12th grade) to be age appropriately immunized with all the required vaccines at the time of first entry in school. A new entrant is a child entering a school in Georgia for the first time or entering after having been absent from a Georgia school for more than 12 months or one school year. All students, regardless of grade and including foreign exchange students, must have the Georgia Department of Human Resources Form 3231 immunization certificate marked “Complete for School” unless any of the following situations exist:
Georgia Department of Public Health - Information Regarding Immunizations and Health Certificates
For more details about enrolling students in our public schools, please click on the following link to State Board Rule