Welcome to Kindergarten!
Durham Public Schools welcomes you and your child to a wonderful school experience! Your child's education begins with their kindergarten year - a year that is filled with new and exciting experiences for children and their families.
DPS offers choices for families interested in a variety of instructional approaches, ensures the safety of every child, and focuses on high student achievement.
If you are unsure of your neighborhood school, please contact the office of student assignment at 919-560-2059 or visit the school locator tool.When you register your child you will need to fill out the Kindergarten Registration Packet and bring these items with you to your child's school:
Doctor's appointments often fill up quickly before school begins, so try to make your appointment before July. Doctor's visits are good for one year, so if you have had one already this year, you may not need another appointment. Check with your school's office to determine if you need another appointment.
- Your child’s certified birth certificate.
- This document will prove that your child is old enough to be in Kindergarten. Children must reach 5 on or before August 31st of their Kindergarten year to be eligible to attend. Mother's copys given in the hospital will not be accepted. The birth certificate must be a certified copy of the original document.
- Proof of Residence.
- This document shows you are living in the attendance zone for your school.
- Any of the following items are considered proof of residence:
- Lease Agreement
- Mortgage Statement or Deed
- Durham County Property Tax Statement (home or vehicle)
- If the residence is not in your name, you will need to obtain an Affidavit of Residence from the Office of Student Assignment. Please call 919-560-2059 to verify required documents needed.
- Guardianship Documents (if necessary)
- Immunization Records.
- All records must have the following information:
- Five DPT doses (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis). If the forth dose (booster) is given on or after the fourth birthday, the fifth dose is not required.
- Four oral polio vaccines (OPV), one of which must be a booster given on or after the fourth birthday. If the third dose is given on or after the fourth birthday, the fourth dose in not required.
- Two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) doses with the first dose on or after the first birthday and a second dose given before entering school.
- At least one dose of Haemophilus influenza, b (HbOC or PRP-OMP), given on or after the first birthday and before five years of age. (Second dose is not required if the first dose was given after 15 months of age.)
- Three Hepatitis B doses (not required if born before July 1994)
- Two Varicella dose on or after age 12 months and before age 19 months.
- Kindergarten Health Assessment (KHA) Form - This form is available at your school and can be found in many doctor’s offices and MUST be completed within 30 days of enrollment.