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New Student Requirements
Transfer & Admissions Procedures
New families moving to Georgia and planning to enroll children in school should contact the office of the school superintendent in the county or city school system where they will be living. Registration of new students is usually held in the spring, and registration procedures vary from system to system. You should contact your local school district for specific registration information. School contact information can be found under "School Finder" located in the Georgia map on our homepage.
Most schools are closed during the summer, but the administrative offices operate year-round. Each local board of education determines attendance zones for the schools in the system.
Local boards also establish their own school calendars which include opening and closing dates, holiday schedules, and teacher staff development days.
Each system determines what credits or grades it will accept for transfer students in accordance with local board of education policy and State Board of Education rules. The public school will verify credits of a student who transfers from a non-accredited school or home study program through either trial placement or achievement testing.
If possible, it is a good idea for parents or guardians to request the student’s academic and discipline records be forwarded to the student’s new school at the time the student officially withdraws from the previous school. Otherwise, the student’s new school will request the records from the previous school.
Immunizations and Health Certificates (Forms 3300 and 3231)
Form 3300 (Certificate of Eye, Ear, Dental Exam)
Form 3231 (Certificate of Immunization)
Sixth Grade Requirements
For more information about Georgia's immunization program or the immunization requirements for school entry and attendance, please click on the following link to the Georgia Department of Human Resources:
Entry Age for Public Kindergarten and First Grade
A child must be five years old on or before September 1 to enter a public Kindergarten. The child must be six years old on or before September 1 to enter first grade. School systems must verify age before enrollment.
A child who was a legal resident of one or more states for a period of two years immediately prior to moving to Georgia and who was legally enrolled in either a public Kindergarten or first grade, or a private Kindergarten or first grade accredited by a state or regional association, would be eligible to enroll in Georgia schools, provided that the Kindergartner is five years old by December 31 or the first grader is six by that date.
Social Security Numbers
Students enrolling in Georgia public schools for the first time will be asked by the school or school system to furnish a Social Security number. However, the Social Security Number is not required for enrollment in public schools. If they prefer, parents or guardians may sign a statement declining to provide the number without giving a reason. Students for whom Social Security numbers are not available will be assigned other student identification numbers.
Enrollment and Withdrawal Rule