2023-24 Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Wed, 03/01/2023 - 12:24pm

You can begin the online registration process for students new to Howard County! It is recommended that you work on a laptop or desktop to complete registration. Cell phone registration is not recommended. For details about registration and enrollment, visit www.hcpss.org/enroll/. Please call our IES front office at 410-313-2524 or email our front office secretaries:

Secretary | jill_schutzman@hcpss.org  Secretary | eileen_melia@hcpss.org


Kindergarten is mandatory in Maryland, so if your child turns 5 by September 1, 2023, you must register your child for the 2023-24 school year. Parents or guardians are to register students at the school serving the address where the child’s parent or guardian resides.  Information on neighborhood schools can be found through School Locator: https://hcpss-gis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=b1d3153921514fbead0abb0f92090217 on the school system web site or by calling the Public Information Office at 410-313-6682.


Step 1: Register Online Here:  www.hcpss.org/enroll/.


Step 2: Complete registration online by providing the documents listed below. The registration process is easier if you upload them during online registration. Otherwise, you will be asked to submit them via email as pdfs. I-phone users can scan documents through your notes app. (Images must be clear.)


The following documents are needed for registration:

  • Child’s evidence of birth (ie: birth certificate, baptismal certificate)
  • An authorized record of immunizations
  • Proof of residency in the form of your entire signed lease or deed including signature pages
  • Current utility bill
  • Photo ID of parent/guardian
  • Proof of custody (if applicable)

Please make sure this information is completed in your online registration:


Prior Care - What type of schooling did your student have prior to Kindergarten? (Needs a value of 2. ie: if PK for a half day (1) and with parent the other half (1) = 2 or PK full day = 2) 

Prior Care Form (ENG) 

Prior Care Form (KOR) 

Prior Care Form (SPN) 


Language Survey Information: 

  1. Home Language:  this is language family uses at home to communicate with one another 
  2. Dominant Language: this is language the student is most comfortable speaking or prefers when able to speak multiple languages. If a family is confused about this (b/c child speaks more than one language) ask, “which is your child’s strongest language?" 
  3. Native Language: this is language student learned first and may be only language the student communicates in. 
  • If you have a child currently attending an HCPSS PreK program, there is no need to re-register your student for Kindergarten. Also, if your child is a current HCPSS student at IES or any other HCPSS school, please DO NOT re-register your student.
  • If you have a multi-family living arrangement, an appointment with our PPW, Jennifer Jones, is required. A representative of the host family and guest family must be present for the appointment. Email jessica_jones@hcpss.org for more information.


Health Forms - These forms should be completed by your child's pediatrician and dentist and emailed to our cluster nurse debra_berry@hcpss.org | 410-313-2529 or health assistant  terina_galarneau@hcpss.org | 410-313-2529 prior to the first day of school or as soon as your child has their 5 year check-up.