Kindergarten Registration and academy showcase for the 2019-2020 school year

Kindergarten Registration ATHENS, Alabama, February 21, 2019 ---  Athens City Schools (ACS) kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year is February 25 through March 29. Registration is open to any child who is five years old on or before September 1, 2019 and is an Athens resident. Kindergarten registration is completed through an online service called SchoolMint.


ACS has four elementary schools, also known as the Athens Academies. They are:  iAcademy at Athens Elementary (Innovation & Computer Science); FAME Academy at Brookhill (Fine Arts); HEART Academy at Julian Newman (Health & Medical); and SPARK Academy at Cowart (STEM). The Athens Academies serve students in grades K-3. 


As an introduction to the Athens Academies, ACS is hosting an elementary academy showcase on February 25. This special preview event is for families who have a new kindergarten student starting school in the fall of 2019. The showcase allows families the opportunity to gain a better understanding of each academy through informal presentations and discussions with principals and teachers. The showcase is a "come and go" event on February 25 from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Board of Education Central Office at 455 US Hwy. 31 N., Athens, AL 35611.


academies School zones are determined by a family’s residential address. There are two options for kindergarten registration in ACS: (1) Parents can enroll in their neighborhood academy for which they are zoned or (2) they can choose to apply to attend an academy outside their school zone.


Parents who choose to attend their regularly zoned academy must complete kindergarten registration for their school before March 29. These families will receive an enrollment message from the school confirming registration.


The ACS kindergarten registration process also provides a school choice option. Families may choose to apply for placement to attend any of the Athens Academies regardless of zoning. Student placement in an out-of-zone academy is made by electronic lottery. The deadline to participate in the optional kindergarten academy lottery is March 29.  The academy lottery will be held on May 15.


Registration is only completed online at This website also includes required documentation for enrollment and instructions for completing the online registration forms.  Assistance and computers are available at the Board of Education Central Office from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday-Friday. To speak with someone about registration, call 256-233-6600 ext. 1103 or email