New Students: How to register and enroll


  • What is a new student?

    A child is a new student if they are enrolling in the district for the first time.

    Examples include kindergarten students or students coming to the district from a private school or out of county/state. 

    A child is not a new student if they were previously enrolled in a:

    • district-managed school
    • charter school in the district
    • home education program or another choice option offered by the district.

    Instructions for new students are below. Note that new students must first be registered with the district and then afterwards enrolled in a school. 

    Note: Families can also make an appointment with School Choice for assistance with registration and enrollment.


      Step 1 - Getting ready

      • Before you jump into the registration process, make sure your child meets the immunization requirements and you have all needed documents. See details below. 


        1. Immunization requirements - The state of Florida requires certain vaccines to be administered before children can enroll and attend childcare and school unless there is certification of exemption for medical or religious reasons. To review the required immunizations, visit this Florida Department of Health webpage. When registering for school, parents should submit the Florida Certification of Immunization (Form DH 680) which can be obtained from the child's health care provider.

        2. Gather required documents - Below are documents you will need to complete the registration process. It will be helpful to gather them in advance:
          • Birth certificate or valid evidence of date of birth
          • Florida certification of immunization or exemption
          • Physical examination for all students who have never attended a Florida public or private school. Physical must be no more than 12 months old at the time of the student’s enrollment.
          • Most recent report card, if granted from another district
          • Proof of residence (two forms from the sources listed in Column A OR one document from Column A and two document from Column B. All documents must match. 


            Column A Column B
            Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) Bill or TECO bill Automobile insurance
            Mortgage agreement (or closing statement) Credit card statement
            Lease agreement (from a company, or *private individual) Bank account statement
            Driver’s license or state ID US Postal Service confirmation of address change
              Current bank account statement (may block out account number)
              Payroll statement
              Current non-cellular phone bill
              Vehicle registration

             *Private lease agreement must be notarized AND two additional documents from columns B are required.

            Bona Fide Residence Process

            When school is in session and a parent cannot readily produce the required documentation, the school shall ensure the student is readily enrolled following the “Bona Fide Residence” process:

            • The student shall be registered in school.
            • Acceptable proof of residence must be provided within 15 school days.
            • If acceptable proof of residence has not been provided within 15 school days, the student shall be immediately withdrawn by the school and must be registered and enrolled in the appropriate boundaries school by the parent.


        School registration requirements
        State law requires all children ages 6-16 to attend school. All registrants must provide valid documentation to include proof of age, Florida certification of immunization or exemption, record of physical examination, and proof of residency. A kindergarten student must be 5 years old on or before September 1. First grade students must have successfully completed kindergarten and be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1. 

      Step 2 - Register with district

      • Step 1 - Create a student ID

      • Step 2 - Create a Parent/Guardian FOCUS Account

      • Step 3 - Verify your Parent/Guardian FOCUS Account

      • Step 4 - Link to the Student Account

      Step 3 - Enroll in a school

      • Congratulations! Your child is now registered with Duval County Public Schools. The next step is to choose a school. You can follow one of two main paths: Neighborhood School or School Choice.


         Neighborhood School: 

        All students are automatically assigned a neighborhood school based on their home address. Families can determine their child's school of attendance by using School Locator or by
        contacting making an appointment with The Office of School Choice.

        To enroll your child in their neighborhood school:

        1. Locate the neighborhood school using the School Locator.

        2. Call the school and ask to make an appoinntment to complete the enrollment process.



        School Choice: 


        Duval County Public Schools is a choice district! This means families can apply to schools for their children outside of their attendance area. 

        With schools offering special programs in areas such as; arts, STEM, gifted education, dual language, global studies, families can customize their child's educational experience. You can view schools based on your child's interest at wehavethat.org.  

        To apply to a school or program through the School Choice process:

        1. The School Choice application window opens annually, Jan. 1 and closes on the last day of February. The application will be available in the Parent FOCUS Account that you just created.
        2. If you are applying outside of this window, contact the School Choice Office at school_choice@duvalschools.org or make an appointment for an in-person or online meeting.


        Note: There is no guaranteed placement of students in a school or program through the School Choice process. Placement is based on seat availability as well as possible academic or other special criteria.


      Kindergarten students

      • Duval County Public Schools is ready to help your little ones learn, play, and grow. To enroll in Kindergarten, your child must turn five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2021. Here are the simple steps to enroll.


        Step 1 - Find Your School

        • Use the School Locator at www.duvalschools.org/locator to find your child's neighborhood school. If you have participated in the Magnet or Special Transfer Option Lottery and your student has already been assigned to a school, you may skip this step.


        Step 2 - Contact Your School

        • Call your school and make an appointment to register. You (the parent or legal guardian) will need to bring a few things with you:
          • Child's birth certificate
          • Proof of a physical exam
          • Immunization record. For information about Florida immunization requirements, go to: www.immunizeflorida.org
          • Proof of home address - You may use: Two documents from List A or One document from List A and two documents from List B. The address must match on all documents.


        • List A

          • Utility bill
          • Deed, mortgage, or closing statement, lease agreement from a company or a private individual (private leases must be notarized)
          • Drivers license or state ID
          • Voter registration ID

        • List B

          • Current automobile insurance
          • Current credit card statement
          • Current property tax receipt
          • Current U.S. Postal Service confirmation of address change
          • Current bank account statement (block out account number)
          • Current payroll statement
          • Current non-cellular phone
          • Current vehicle registration




      Military families

      • Welcome Military Families!

        Thank you for being a part of Team Duval. With Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport in Duval County, we are home to hundreds of military families and look forward to helping your children thrive academically. Email Duval County Public School's military liaison at MilitaryTransferOption@duvalschools.org or make an appointment to meet with the district's military liaison.