Pre-K Registration For The Fall
Posted on 05/04/2020
Photo: HCS Student In SchoolSchools closing due to the COVID-19 virus and limits imposed on group gatherings have altered plans for Pre-K and kindergarten registration for the fall in Hamilton County Schools. Registration opportunities are now scheduled in May for parents to register their children for the 2020-2021 school year.

Pre-K application day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, from 8:30 a.m. until noon at local schools with Pre-K classes. The applications for East Brainerd can be dropped off at East Hamilton Middle/High on May 13. The applications will be handled in a drive-through format that will not require parents to leave their cars. Families are strongly encouraged to download an application from the district website, stop by the Central Office, or visit the school where they would like to apply and pick-up an application before May 13. East Brainerd Elementary applications can be picked up at Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts (CSLA.)

We ask you to arrive at the school on May 13 with a complete application and the required documents. Completed paperwork will ensure a quick process and limited waiting in the drive-thru line. We regret that parents and children will not be able to come in and visit the school during this year's registration. Still, we want to be safe and follow all CDC guidelines, including social distancing and individual protection at this time. We hope to welcome you to our schools for a visit soon. Get your application and complete it early to save time in the drive-thru drop-off on May 13.

Required documents:
Original Birth Certificate (child must be four years old on or before August 15)

Child's Social Security Card

Current Immunization Record

Current Physical Record

2 Proofs of Residency

Proof of Income

Hamilton County Schools operates 42 Pre-K classrooms in 25 different locations, which includes schools and community-based sites. The program is funded through federal and state funds and is designed to give students the proper foundation for kindergarten. All programs are designed to serve "at-risk" children. Eligible children must be four-years-old on or before August 15, 2020, and live in an elementary school zone in Hamilton County Schools. More guidelines for eligibility are available on the district website.

If you missed kindergarten registration online, the process will be available again Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22. An onsite registration day at schools with kindergarten classes is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20. More information about the onsite day and kindergarten registration will be provided later this week.

If you are not sure which school serves your area, the School Zone Finder on the Hamilton County Schools website will help you find the information.

Other registrations and information updates
New student registration will begin online on Monday, June 1, 2020.

The process for parents and guardians of returning students to update student information for the fall is available now and will continue through Friday, May 22, 2020.