According to Board Policy and Procedure JBC – “School Admissions," a student residing full-time within the Fulton County School System is eligible to attend a Fulton County school under the following criteria:
The dwelling in which the student resides must appear on the tax rolls of Fulton County.
The student resides with his/her parent or legal guardian.
The student resides with a foster parent through placement by the Department of Family and Children Services or a state licensed child placement agency.
The student is an emancipated minor.
Georgia law requires that children must be five years old by September 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten and to enroll in first grade, children must be six years old by September 1. The only exceptions are:
- Students who are age five by December 31 and who have lived outside the state of Georgia for the past two years and have enrolled in a public or accredited private kindergarten may enroll in public kindergarten in Georgia.
- Students who are six by December 31 and who have lived outside the state of Georgia for the past two years and have completed public or accredited private kindergarten or have attended a public or accredited private first grade may enroll in first grade in Georgia.
To enroll in Fulton County Schools, the student's parent or legal guardian must be a resident of the school system.
- Ear, Eye and Dental Screening
No child entering a Georgia school for the first time shall be admitted unless the child has a certificate of eye, ear and dental screening. This Georgia Department of Human Resources certificate (Form 3300) must be signed by the Health Department or a licensed Georgia physician.
- Immunization Certificate
Georgia requires students to be immunized against measles, mumps, polio, rubella, whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza, varicella and meningitis. Immunization information must be on the proper Georgia Department of Human Resources form; these are available through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness or local physicians (Form 3231).
Proof of Date of Birth
Students entering the school district for the first time must submit proof of date of birth to be copied by the school for placement in the permanent record folder. The school will accept evidence in the order set forth below that shows the student’s date of birth:
i. A certified copy of a birth certificate, certified hospital issued birth record or
ii. A military ID;
iii. A valid driver's license;
iv. A passport;
v. An adoption record;
vi. A religious record signed by an authorized religious official;
vii. An official school transcript; or
viii. If none of these items can be produced, an affidavit of age sworn to By the
parent, guardian or other person accompanied by a certificate of age signed by
a licensed practicing physician, which states that the physician has examined
the child and believes that the age as stated in the affidavit is substantially
Parents may be given up to 30 calendar days after the student enrolls to secure proof of birth date. It is the parent's responsibility to pay the fee and postage for obtaining such proof of birth date.
Birth certificates for children born in Georgia may be requested from:
Georgia Department of Human Resources
2600 Skyland Drive, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30319-3640
- Residence Verification
Per Board Policy JBC, "School Admissions," persons enrolling a student shall submit two proofs of residency from the schools system's approved list of verifiable residency documents: one from the approved utility list and one from the approved residency list, upon initial enrollment in Fulton County Schools or upon entry into Kindergarten, 6th, 9th grades, and when there is any address change.
If proof of residency is delayed, the student will be provisionally enrolled for a period of 30 calendar days. At the end of this 30 day period, if proof of residency has not been provided, the student may be withdrawn. The school will notify the enrolling person at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the withdrawal of the student.
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- Social Security Number
Social security numbers are voluntary. Waivers are available in local schools. Applications for social security numbers are also available in local schools. A migrant number is acceptable.
- Academic Records
If possible, please bring most recent report card, withdrawal form from previous school and/or transcripts. These are essential for proper placement of students. Students in grades 7-12 also will need copies of any discipline records.