ASK DPS: Get ready for kindergarten registration

May. 12, 2014 @ 12:24 PM

What are your questions about Durham Public Schools? Email them to and the Office of Public Information and Community Engagement will connect you to the experts.
But first, a reminder: We are still looking for volunteer support in proctoring year-end exams in our elementary, middle and high schools. Your presence in the classroom during exams helps not only our teachers, but our students too. You can volunteer directly through your school’s volunteer coordinator or sign up online through the DPS website. Go to and click on “Register to Volunteer” to submit an application. Make sure you select “Test Proctor” as one of the activities that interests you. Once you have cleared a standard volunteer background check a school representative will offer you a volunteer assignment. Our schools would appreciate your help!
Q: How and when may I register my child for kindergarten this fall?
We’re excited that your child is beginning kindergarten with us! You can register him or her any time through the beginning of school, but you can save yourself some time and stress by doing it now.
Your child must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 to attend Kindergarten this year. To register, go to your child’s base school. You can find out which school that is by calling the DPS Office of Student Assignment at (919) 560-2059 and giving them the child’s home address. You’ll need to bring the following information:
• Your child’s birth certificate.
• Proof of residence. This can be a lease agreement, mortgage statement, Durham County property tax statement, or a notarized statement from the resident you are living with if the residence is not in your name.
• Guardianship documents (if necessary).
• Immunization records.
You will also need to provide a kindergarten health assessment form, which you can get from your school, the county health department or many doctors’ offices. This form must be completed within 30 days of enrollment.
Our schools will hold “welcome to kindergarten” activities that will give you and your child the chance to learn more about your new school. They will also share with you information about what day your child will start, school bell times, lunch and transportation information, and more--so don’t wait to register!