Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten student at desk

Kindergarten Registration

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Age of Entrance

Students who are five years of age or older by September 30 are eligible for enrollment in kindergarten.

Kindergarten Registration Information

The online registration process is followed up with an in-person registration appointment. Parents who have completed the online registration process may contact their child's base school to schedule a follow-up in-person appointment. Please visit your child's base school website for all kindergarten related information.

For the follow-up in-person registration appointment, please bring the following:

  • A certified copy of the child's birth certificate (even if you have uploaded the document).
  • Photo ID of parent or legal guardian registering the student.

Only bring the next documents if they have not been uploaded during the online registration process. All original documents will be returned to the parent.

  • Current custody orders or kinship care documents, that are in effect and if appropriate.
  • Comprehensive physical exam dated within 12 months of the child's entry into the public school system.
  • Valid immunization record signed by a health care professional.
  • Proof of residence.

Parents who need assistance completing the online registration process may contact their child's base school and set up an individual session by appointment only.

Parents should select instructions for existing families when any of the following are true:

  • The parent has a student(s) currently enrolled in a Prince William County Public Schools school or program.
  • The parent has a student(s) who was previously enrolled in a Prince William County Public Schools school or was previously evaluated at a central office location.
  • The parent had a parent account at any time in Prince William County Public Schools.

Please select the button below that applies to your family.

Enroll in Kindergarten (New to PWCS)   Enroll in Kindergarten for Existing Families  


Kindergarten online registration for the upcoming school year opens on the third Monday of March and is followed up with an in-person registration appointment.

Parents whose students are currently enrolled in any PWCS preschool program (preschool or special education) do not need to complete the online kindergarten registration process. Instead they should contact the registrar for the school where their student will attend for kindergarten for the upcoming school year.

Elementary School Registrar List

Immunization Requirements

School Age Child Care Program Information

Does Your Child Need Before and After Care?

Safe, high-quality, and affordable before- and after-school care programs are located at all elementary schools, except Featherstone, Loch Lomond, and West Gate. AlphaBEST Education, the program provider, serves over 3,600 PWCS students with a familiar setting to start and/or end their day. The before-school program runs Monday - Friday, from 6 a.m. until the start of the school day. The after-school program runs Monday - Friday, from the end of the school day until 6:30 p.m. Parents have the option of choosing either the before-school program, the after-school program, or both. Programming incorporates creative and innovative teaching methods to expand and enrich student learning. Visit the School Age Child Care Program for more information on the AlphaBEST Elementary School Program.

Start the registration process for your child

Transportation & Pick Up

Important Information About Transportation and School Pick Up

  • Kindergarten students must be accompanied to and from bus stops by an authorized person(s).
  • Your child will not be released to any authorized person(s) unless a valid government/state ID is presented to the bus driver daily.
  • Your child will be returned to the school if there is no authorized person at the bus stop or the designee does not have a valid government/state ID.
  • Students returned to the school must be picked up within one hour or other county agencies will be notified.

Visit the Transportation Services Forms and Resources webpage for the Kindergarten Authorization Form.

The Global Welcome Center - Language Assessment & Foreign Transcript Evaluation

The Global Welcome Center serves the needs of families who are new to Prince William County Public Schools and who speak and/or understand a language other than English. The Global Welcome Center provides support with new student registration, English language proficiency assessment, grade level placement, and foreign transcript evaluation. For additional questions, contact one of our Global Welcome Centers at Manassas 571-402-3800, Woodbridge 571-374-6813, or [email protected]. A staff member will contact you within two business days to assist you.

All new registrations are completed through the Online Registration for New Families. Use the PWCS Find Your School tool to locate your student's zoned school. After completing the online registration, contact your school's registrar at one of the links below:

Private Kindergarten

Did Your Child Attend A Private Accredited Kindergarten Program?

Your child may be eligible to enroll in first grade, although the age requirement has not been met if he/she completed an accredited kindergarten program participating in the accreditation program of the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), or the equivalent. Parents must provide evidence (report card or transcript) that indicates that the child has successfully completed the kindergarten program at an accredited non-public school. Please see our website for details on this exception.

Not sure if your child's private kindergarten program is accredited? Search for it here:

For more information on enrollment requirements, contact:
Anne Henry, Supervisor of Elementary Counseling

For further information on immunization and physical exam requirements, contact:
Brenda Miller-Dorick, Supervisor of School Health Services