Kindergarten Enrollment

Enrollment Guidelines

Entrance Age

  • Students must be 5 years of age by September 15th in order to enroll in kindergarten.
  • If a student has completed kindergarten in an accredited public or private school, in-state or out of state, he/she may be enrolled in first grade even if the child is not 6 by September 15.
  • If a student has not completed kindergarten and was not 5 years of age by September 15, he/she cannot enroll in kindergarten in Iowa. This situation occurs when another state/country or accredited private school has a different age cut-off date for kindergarten enrollment (such as 5 by November 1.)
  • Per federal law, children of military families must be enrolled in the grade of the prior school regardless of age.

Steps for enrolling a child who is new to the district

Step 1

Identify the school your child will attend. 

Step 2

Once the school is determined, go to the school for enrollment materials. You will probably need to take the following:

  • Birth certificate of child (required only for kindergarten and first grade students)
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Child’s academic records
  • Name and address of school child previously attended

If you live in Des Moines, information regarding registering your child for school, and their admission, can also be found at the DMPS website through this link: http://www.dmschools.org/enrollment-registration/enrollment-center/

Every school district has its own requirements. You should call the district office, or look on their website, for your requirements. 
For information on public schools in Iowa, visit this page: Iowa Public Schools



Kindergarten Enrollment

Enrollment Guidelines

Entrance Age

  • Students must be 5 years of age by September 15th in order to enroll in kindergarten.
  • If a student has completed kindergarten in an accredited public or private school, in-state or out of state, he/she may be enrolled in first grade even if the child is not 6 by September 15.
  • If a student has not completed kindergarten and was not 5 years of age by September 15, he/she cannot enroll in kindergarten in Iowa. This situation occurs when another state/country or accredited private school has a different age cut-off date for kindergarten enrollment (such as 5 by November 1.)
  • Per federal law, children of military families must be enrolled in the grade of the prior school regardless of age.

Steps for enrolling a child who is new to the district

Step 1

Identify the school your child will attend. 

Step 2

Once the school is determined, go to the school for enrollment materials. You will probably need to take the following:

  • Birth certificate of child (required only for kindergarten and first grade students)
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Child’s academic records
  • Name and address of school child previously attended

If you live in Des Moines, information regarding registering your child for school, and their admission, can also be found at the DMPS website through this link: http://www.dmschools.org/enrollment-registration/enrollment-center/

Every school district has its own requirements. You should call the district office, or look on their website, for your requirements. 
For information on public schools in Iowa, visit this page: Iowa Public Schools