Children planning to attend Kindergarten in the Fall must be 5 years old on or before September 30th.
Kindergarten Registration begins in April. Registration for grades 1-12 begins during the summer and continues throughout the school year.
Visit the Early Childhood web pages for more information about kindergarten and prekindergarten programs.
Parents/Legal Guardians may register children at any neighborhood school. See the School Directory for a list of schools, addresses and hours. Students also may be registered at the Office of School Choice & Enrollment, 1111 Superior Avenue, 216.838.5437.
There are some exceptions:
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to print the Enrollment Form. The completed form should be taken to the registration site along with all required documents.
Birth Certificates for children born in the Cleveland area may be secured from the Cuyahoga County Bureau of Vital Statistics, City Hall, 601 Lakeside Avenue, 216.664.2317. The cost is $25.
Your child’s doctor, clinic or previous school may have copies of Immunization Records. Students need to retake shots if immunization records cannot be located. Some clinics offer free shots. Clinics Flyer-English | Clinics Flyer-Spanish
Several forms of address verification are accepted. Some examples include mortgage or lease agreements, recent utility bills, payroll documents or recent tax statements. Contact Project ACT, 216.838.0210, if you are staying with another family and don’t have proof of address.
Copies of any documents pertaining to guardianship must be presented at the time of registration. Court documents may include divorce decrees, Juvenile Court orders or Probate Court orders.
Call the Office of School Choice & Enrollment if you have any questions about documents required for registration, 216.838.5437.
Contact the Special Education Office if your child has been identified for special education services or if you suspect that your child has a disability, 216.838.7733.
Contact Health Services or the School Nurse if your child has health-related or medical needs.
Students who speak a language other than English or live in a household where another language is spoken must register at the Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Welcome Center, 3145 West 46th, Cleveland, Ohio 44102. Call 216.404.5159 or 216.404.5113.
The parent/legal guardian may take proof of a new address to the current school. Acceptable documents include mortgage or lease agreements, recent utility bills, payroll documents or recent tax statements.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has an open enrollment policy that allows families apply for other schools.
The application process begins in early spring. Parents may submit choices by visiting the Student Registration at ChooseCMSD.org or by contacting Student Assignments at 216.838.3675.
Transfers are granted if space is available at the requested school and grade level. Students will be assigned by random selection (lottery) if there are more applicants than seats.
In most cases, students granted open enrollment transfers do not receive transportation.
Parents who live outside the boundaries of the district may apply for an Interdistrict Open Enrollment Transfer (K-12). These requests will be granted if space is available at the requested school and grade level. Parents will not be charged tuition. Transportation will not be available for these transfers.
Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances where a child is living with someone who is not the legal guardian. Here are some examples:
When registering your child, verify that the same name is on the birth certificate and the health record.
The immunization document must be an official record. It should be initialed or signed by a healthcare professional. Acceptable documents include a doctor’s form, a “baby book” or a Head Start form.