Understanding Kindergarten Registration

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    Welcome! We are happy you have chosen to enroll your child in Athens City Schools. This is a very important step in your child's future, and we are confident you will be proud that you selected Athens City Schools. Some important dates and notes regarding kindergarten registration for 2019:

    • Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is February 25 - March 29, 2019.
    • All students register for your zoned academy. 
    • You have the option to apply to attend any elementary academy regardless of your school zone.

    About the Athens Academies Athens City Schools has four elementary schools, also known as the Athens Academies. They are:  

    • iAcademy at Athens Elementary (Innovation & Computer Science)
    • FAME at Brookhill Fine Arts Academy (Fine Arts)
    • HEART Academy at Julian Newman (Health & Medical)
    • SPARK Academy at Cowart (STEM)

    The Athens Academies serve students in grades K-3 and provide students with an enriched school experience in preparation for advancing grade levels. Students are surrounded by teachers who are passionate about teaching meaningful content via processes that support authentic student engagement.

    About School Choice & Academy Applications Our kindergarten registration process provides a school choice option for parents. You may choose to apply for placement to attend any of the Athens Academies regardless of your school zone. There is an academy application option during the SchooMint online registration process. Click here to learn more about academy enrollment policies, processes and timelines.  If you choose to make application to attend an academy other than your designated zoned academy, those selections will be made by electronic lottery on May 15. The deadline to participate in the optional kindergarten academy lottery is March 29. If you do not wish to attend an out-of-zone academy, simply complete kindergarten registration for your zoned academy before March 29. 

    Elementary Academy Showcase The Elementary Academy Showcase is a special preview event for families who have a new kindergarten student entering Athens City Schools. The purpose of the showcase is to allow parents and students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of each of the academy models through informal presentations and experiences with the principals and teachers from each academy. Whether you plan to attend the school/academy for which you are zoned or if you are interested in applying to an out-of-zone academy, we strongly encourage new kindergarten famlies to join us for this introduction to the Athens Academies each spring. The 2019 showcase was a "come and go" event and was held February 25 from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Board of Education Central Office buildling located at 455 US Hwy. 31 N., Athens, AL 35611.


    YOU GET TO CHOOSE!

    I want to attend my zoned academy. If you want to attend your zoned academy, you simply register for your zoned school. Please follow these steps:

    1. Complete kindergarten registration for your zoned school.
    2. There will be a prompt that asks if you want to apply to a "Lottery School." Say NO and skip the "lottery school" step.
    3. The deadline for kindergarten registration is March 29, 2019.
    4. You will receive an enrollment message from your zoned school confirming your registration.

    I want to apply to attend an academy outside of my school zone. If you choose to apply to a different academy than the academy you are zoned to attend, please follow these steps:

    1. Complete kindergarten registration and choose your zoned school first.
    2. There will be a prompt that asks if you want to apply to a "Lottery School." Say YES and select "lottery school" during the registration process. This is where you will select your academy of choice. This enters your child in the lottery.
    3. The deadline for the optional academy lottery for kindergarten students is March 29, 2019. 
    4. For families who choose to apply to an out-of-zone academy, the kindergarten lottery will be selected on May 15, 2019.

    How to Register: SchoolMint All kindergarten registration is completed online through a service called SchoolMint. Your SchoolMint account includes a family profile, which will be saved to make future re-enrollment more efficient. You will use this same SchoolMint account and family profile to complete student re-enrollment each spring. The contact information entered in SchoolMint is used by the district and school to send you messages, alerts and other important information. Google Chrome is the recommended web browser for SchoolMint.

    • If you are brand new to Athens City Schools (you do not have a student currently enrolled in any of our schools), you will SIGN UP for a new account and register for kindergarten.
    • If you  are an existing Athens City Schools family (you currently have a student enrolled in one of our schools), you will SIGN IN to your existing account to add your kindergarten student to your famliy profile. 

    Enroll in Your School Zone All new kindergarten students register/enroll in the elementary academy for which you are zoned. Once registration is complete, you will receive a message from your school confirming your enrollment. If during the registration/SchoolMint process you choose to apply to an out-of-zone academy ("lottery school"), you will be notified of placement on academy lottery day, which is May 15, 2019. 

    Registration Help  Registration is only completed online through SchoolMint. You will choose the correct SchoolMint pathway at the bottom of this page. For questions regarding kindergarten registration, please contact the Office of Student Services at 256.233.6600 x 1103. Assistance and computers are available at the Board of Education Central Office from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday-Friday.

    SchoolMint Help For help with your SchoolMint account, please contact the SchoolMint support team by email at support@schoolmint.com or by telephone at 855.957.3535 (Press 1 for Family Support).


    STEP 1 - GET YOUR PAPERWORK READY

    Documents Required to Complete Registration:

    1. Parent/Guardian Picture ID
    2. Birth Certificate (or alternative documentation in absence of a birth certificate)
    3. Social Security Card (Optional) SS CARD MAY BE BROUGHT IN INSTEAD OF UPLOADED. If a student does not have an SSN, a temporary number shall be assigned as specified by the ALSDE.
    4. AL Immunization Blue Card- Upload a copy. MUST BRING ORIGINAL TO CENTRAL OFFICE OR SCHOOL FOR ENROLLMENT TO BE COMPLETE.
    5. Proof of Residence (Current utility bill, mortgage statement or rent lease agreement. When two families reside at the same address, a Landlord Letter may be submitted).
    6. Proof of Custody/Guardianship - Custody papers may be required if the student doesn't reside with both birth parents. Custody/Guardianship will be made through Judge's office. Board Policy stipulates neither Delegation of Parental Authority nor Power of Attorney will be accepted as a document for the student's legal custody. A signed Notary will not be used as a valid document for enrollment.
    7. Last Report Card
         K-8th grade- Last Report Card
         9-12th grade- Unofficial Transcript
       

    How to Upload Forms:

    • Scan or take a clear photo of each document in a well-lit area. Make sure that all four corners of the page are visible in the image.
    • Download (free) SchoolMint app for Android or IOS device. This will allow you to take photos of the forms and upload them directly.
    • Once you have successfully uploaded forms AND CLICK SUBMIT, you will be notified by email or text message stating “Registration Completed."
    • You will receive a “Registration Verified” notification once our staff has reviewed your documents and verified your address and school zone.

    STEP 2 - CHOOSE THE RIGHT PATHWAY

    Please use the guide below to determine the correct registration process for your student (A or B):

option a.

    • I am NEW to the Athens City Schools system.
    • I do not have a student currently enrolled in ACS.
    • I am ready to sign up for SchoolMint and register for kindergarten.

     

          Sign Up for a SchoolMint Account

option b.

    • I am an existing Athens City Schools system parent.
    • I have a student currently enrolled in ACS.
    • I am ready to add my kindergarten student to my existing family account in SchoolMint and register for kindergarten.

     

                Sign In to your existing SchoolMint Account


  • SchoolMint Help For help with your SchoolMint account, please contact the SchoolMint support team by email at support@schoolmint.com or by telephone at 855.957.3535 (Press 1 for Family Support).

    Registration Help Registration is only completed online through SchoolMint. For questions regarding kindergarten registration, please contact the Office of Student Services at 256.233.6600 x 1103. Assistance and computers are available at the Board of Education Central Office from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday-Friday.