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    Kindergarten Registration
    A guide to registering for Kindergarten at Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • If your child will be 5 years old by September 30, February is the time to start registering for kindergarten at your child's neighborhood school! Here's a quick guide on the process and what you will need to register.
    Step 1: Identify Your Child's Neighborhood School
    Every student is assigned to a neighborhood school by the student's address. Use our Discover PPS tool by inputting your address. Input house number and street address and select registered US Postal Address from drop down. Click on each school to discover more about features your neighorhood school has to offer. 

    Step 2: Gather Supporting Documents

    Please have all the required documents on hand.

    You will need:
    • A completed PPS Enrollment & Emergency Care Form
    • Evidence of the child's age.This must be a legal document, such as a copy of birth certificate, passport, or baptismal certificate.
    • Two current proofs of residency, such as a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license or vehicle registration, utility bills, tax statements, lease or mortgage statement, or an official public assistance letter
    • Immunization records with dates from your child’s doctor’s office or former school, or an international health certificate.

    Download the Enrollment Checklist to be sure you have everything before visiting in person.

    Did you know?
    You must use your child’s legal name when you register for school. Please do not register your child using a nickname or name other than the one shown on his or her birth certificate!

      Step 3: Enroll in Person

    Enrollment must be done in person. Take all documents to either of the following:
    Your child's assigned neighborhood school
    Need help finding the address or your schools' hours? Use Discover PPS, find your school and click "About Our School"
    The Central Enrollment Office (year-round):
    Central Enrollment Office, Room (Oakland Area)
    Pittsburgh Public Schools Administration Building
    341 S. Bellefield Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm (year-round)
    Families with children currently enrolled in the PPS Early Childhood Program

    You will receive early registration letters in the mail in March. Parents who take this letter to their assigned home elementary school, listed on the letter, will not be required to complete enrollment forms. Parents will only need to bring two (2) proofs of residency and updated immunization records for their child.

    If you have questions, please contact the Early Childhood Main Office at (412) 325-4291.

    Interested in Magnet School opportunities?

    Magnet school applications are accepted between September and December the year before your child begins the magnet program. (Example: if your child turns 5 by September 30, 2021 - you will need to enroll into the magnet lottery Fall 2020) If you are interested in a Magnet School for your child and want to enter into the lottery, please visit our Magnet Registration page. 

    Before applying to a magnet program, your child must be registered or pre-registered with Pittsburgh Public Schools using the instructions above.

    If you are enrolling your child after the magnet lottery window, please contact the Magnet Office at (412)-529-3991 or magnetoffice@pghschools.org to learn what magnet programs currently have space available for incoming students this school year.


    We're Here to Help

    Use our Contact page to find the exact help you need during the process.

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    Ready Freddy

    Parents may visit Ready Freddy for useful resources to assist you in helping your child make a successful transition to kindergarten.