The online enrollment process for students NEW to Frederick County Public Schools for the 2022-23 school year opens today, Monday, April 4

This enrollment process will include new Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. All registrations will take place via a secure virtual environment. Parents will be able to upload required documents and attach pictures.

Please note, parents/guardians of existing FCPS students who will be changing schools within the county for next school year may begin to process in-county transfers using the online portal AFTER July 1. 

Required enrollment documents:

  • Immunization and health records
       * Department of Health and Mental Hygiene form 896 Immunization Certificate
       * Documentation of a recent physical exam, recorded on the Maryland Schools Record of Physical Examination
  • Proof of date of birth
       * One of the following: birth certificate, physician's certificate, hospital certificate, baptismal or church certificate, parent's affidavit, or passport/visa
  • Proof of residency
       * One of these: current property tax bill, current rental bill, current utility bill for water, gas, or electric

Watch for more information about enrolling students online, coming soon.



FCPS offers pre-kindergarten to all students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. To enter Pre-K, a child must turn 4 years old on or before September 1 of a given year. Applications are available at all elementary schools; registration begins in March. Enrollment is limited. More information on pre-kindergarten is available here.

If you are planning to enroll your child with automatic priority status based on free or reduced-price meal eligibility, you will need to submit ONE of these: three consecutive pay stubs from the past six months OR a W2 form showing the prior year's earnings OR a letter from an employer or social services agency (on letterhead) stating the applicant's family income OR foster care documentation.

Bus service is provided to Pre-K students eligible for transportation under FCPS Policy 441 who live in the attendance area of schools where classes are offered. Parents are responsible for the transportation of students whose walking route to and from the school is 1.25 miles or less or who live outside the attendance area of the school where the classes are held.


All FCPS kindergarten programs are full day, most starting at 9 a.m. and dismissing around 3:30 p.m. To enter kindergarten in August, a child must turn 5 years old on or before September 1 of that calendar year. Children entering first grade must have completed public kindergarten or have been approved for entry by FCPS. Whenever possible, parents are encouraged to register their children well in advance of the first day of school so that schools and teachers are prepared to accommodate enrollment.

Parents who do not wish to enroll a 5-year-old in a kindergarten or other approved program may request a 1-year waiver (Waiver Form | Waiver Form in Spanish). At the end of the waiver year, the student will enter kindergarten rather than first grade. ECE Office will accept K Waiver Forms for the next school year starting on April 1st of the current school year.