Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 of the school year to be eligible to attend kindergarten. There are no exceptions to this state requirement.
Daylong prekindergarten programs for at-risk 4-year-olds are available at a few elementary schools. Also, there is a prekindergarten program for children with disabilities who must be 2 years old by Sept. 30 to enroll. Each year, Chesterfield County Public Schools conducts Child Find to locate children with disabilities who need special education services or Section 504 services. If you suspect your child may have a disability, contact the Office of Special Education at 639-8698 or your child’s home school.
Students must reside with a parent or legal guardian in Chesterfield County to attend Chesterfield County Public Schools. The school system may re-verify residency any year a student is enrolled in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Students attend the school in their attendance area unless a waiver is granted or they are accepted into a center-based or specialty program.
New students should register during office hours at their home school. For school attendance zone information, use the find my school feature or call 318-8743.
To register for school, proof of county residency is required by providing one of these documents:
In addition, a student enrolling in a Virginia public school for the first time must provide
It is helpful if transferring students provide a report card from their previous school and, if applicable, a copy of an Individualized Education Program. After registration is completed, the Chesterfield school will request a transfer of records from the previous school.
Please download and print this registration card, fill out, then bring it to registration.
Registration day for children who will enter kindergarten in September 2016 will take place April 14, 2016, at every elementary school.
What is the age requirement for kindergarten?
Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2016. There are no exceptions.
When will kindergarten registration take place?
Between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on April 14, 2016, parents should register their children at the school they are zoned to attend. To find the correct school, parents may call 318-8743 or go online to mychesterfieldschools.com, go to the parents section, then click “find my school.”
Does the child need to accompany the parent to registration?
Yes. On registration day, children will be given the Brigance kindergarten screening, which usually takes about 15 minutes.
What information should parents bring to registration?
What items are required by the first day of school?
What if a parent is unable to attend on April 14?
Please make every effort to register your child on April 14. If this is not possible, call the school to set up an appointment as soon as possible.
For more information, call your neighborhood school.
Please download and print these forms, fill them out, then bring them to kindergarten registration.
Chesterfield County Public Schools offers a limited number of prekindergarten spots to provide school-readiness skills to eligible children with the greatest need. Prekindergarten is offered in 19 elementary schools: Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Chalkley, Marguerite Christian, Crenshaw, Crestwood, Davis, Ecoff, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Harrowgate, Hening, Hopkins, Jacobs, Providence, Reams Road, Salem Church and Elizabeth Scott. Children who will be 4 by Sept. 30, who show an educational need, who meet income requirements and who live in the school attendance zone should apply for prekindergarten. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements. If you are unsure which school zone you live in, call 318-8743 or go online to mychesterfieldschools.com, go to the parents section, then click “find my school.”
Parents may apply immediately for prekindergarten by calling 279-7357 to make an appointment. Parents may also apply during one of the 2015 application days scheduled 1-6 p.m. at Perrymont (8610 Perrymont Road): March 31, April 14, April 20, April 22, April 27, May 6, May 13, May 20 and May 27.
Only a limited number of prekindergarten spots are available — applying does not guarantee acceptance. Applications received by May 29 will be reviewed equally; prekindergarten is not first-come, first-served. Students who are not initially accepted are placed on a waiting list, in case a spot opens up during the year. If you have questions about prekindergarten, please call 279-7357.
These items must be presented when applying:
Parents submitting a “lives with” form must bring the person they live with, and that person must provide a lease, a deed or one of the other proofs of residency. Also, the parent of the incoming student must provide two supporting documents with his or her name and correct address.