Registering your child for school
In-person registration is required to verify identification and age. For students who have not previously enrolled in Bellingham Public Schools you will need:
- Your child’s birth certificate or other official verification of age such as a passport, visa or DSHS Medicaid Voucher,
- Proof of residency (your address), acceptable proof includes government issued documents, lease or rental agreement, utility bills,
- Immunization records.
If you are registering your child for high school, you may pick up the forms at your local high school.
There are 14 elementary schools in Bellingham, all with full-time kindergarten programs. Kindergarten registration begins in March every year. Please contact your neighborhood school to register. During the summer, families can register their child at the District Office.
Kindergarten registration for fall 2016 runs March 1 through April 29. Children must be 5 before Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten. Kindergarten tours and open houses begin in May. Check with your school office for early entrance opportunities. Click here to locate your neighborhood school.
Fill out the forms below and take them to your neighborhood school to register.
- Registration Forms
- Early Learning Survey
- Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines
- Locate your neighborhood school
What to Bring for Registration:
- Your Child’s Birth Certificate to verify date of birth and legal name
- Immunization Records (if available ahead of time from your pediatrician)
- Proof of Residency
Kindergarten First Day of School
Wednesday, August 24 is the first day of school. However, Kindergartner’s start on a modified schedule as follows: August 25 and 26 will be half-days (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) with the first full day for Kindergartners starting on Monday, August 29.
Why Full-Time Kindergarten?
We offer a full-time kindergarten program at all elementary schools at no cost to district families. Students attend kindergarten on the regular elementary school schedule, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Please click here to watch a 4-minute video of some of our kindergarten teachers sharing their thoughts about full-time kindergarten.