All registrants must provide valid documentation to include proof of birth age, Florida certification of immunization or exemption, proof of residency, and meet the following school registration requirements under Florida Law:
- Kindergarten - Children may enter kindergarten if they will be five years old on or before September 1st.
- First Grade - Children may enter first grade if they will be 6 (six) years old on or before September 1st, and have successfully completed kindergarten.
- All children who will be 6 (six) years old by February 1st must attend school.
- All children must attend school until they reach the age of 16 (sixteen).
The requirements above are Florida law and there are no exceptions.Pre-Kindergarten
Duval County Public Schools offers engaging early learning programs that prepare children for successful entry into kindergarten.
- Parents may enroll their age three (3) or age four (4) child in a standards-based, developmentally appropriate school year program or the two - month Summer Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program for children entering kindergarten in the fall.
- Child(ren) must be age 4 on or before September 1st of the current school year.
- All students registering for any Duval County public school must adhere to the Proof of Residency Requirements as described below.
Kindergarten – Grade 12
Registration for kindergarten and first-grade students begins in late April or early May at any Duval County public elementary school, middle school and/or high school. All students must be registered at their zoned area school.
1. Determine your child(ren)’s zoned area school by entering your home address in the school locator or by contacting the Pupil Assignment Office at 904-390-2144.
2. Visit the zoned area school assigned to your child(ren) during school hours. Check the school’s website for individual school hours. To visit a school website, click the "Select A School" button at the very top right and choose the zoned area school assigned to your child(ren). School hours are posted under the “Contact Us” section.
3. All students registering for any Duval County public school must adhere to the Proof of Residency Requirements as described below.
Proof of Birth, Vaccination, Physical Examination & Other Documentation
All registrants must provide all of the following:
- 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 is required before a student is enrolled in his/her properly assigned school. For registration and subsequent enrollment, the parent or legal guardian must complete the district's student registration form and submit:
1. 1 (one) document from the sources listed in Column A
2. 1 (one) additional document from Columns B or C (both sources of information must match).
3. For extraordinary circumstances, please contact the District's Pupil Assignment Office/School Choice office directly for further clarification regarding other accepted official identification sources not listed below.
Column A Column B Column C Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) bill or TECO bill Automobile Insurance Current Bank Account Statement (may block out account number) Mortgage agreement (or closing statement) Credit Card statement Payroll Statement Lease agreement (from a company, or *private individual) Bank account statement Current non-cellular phone bill Driver’s License or State ID US postal service confirmation of address change Vehicle Registration
*Private lease agreement must be notarized AND two additional documents from columns B and C 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, after 15 school days, acceptable proof of residence has not been provided, the student shall be immediately withdrawn by the school and must be registered and enrolled in the appropriate boundaries school by the parent.
For good cause, such as but not limited to cases where the principal/designee believes that a student’s enrollment information is inaccurate due to returned mail or reasonable suspicion that the student is not residing at the claimed address, the following procedures may be implemented at the discretion of the Principal/designee (based on sufficient resources):
- A call or a home visit may be made, or a letter may be sent to parent(s) who have conflicting address information, requesting that the parent verify and update enrollment information.
- The school staff may examine the Property Appraiser’s Website to determine the parent’s homestead (primary residence) location. The homestead address of the parent will be used as a factor to determine the student’s assigned school. A conflicting address indicates that further investigation is required.
- The Principal/designee may also require submission of one of the additional proofs of residence listed in Column C.