Information on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in School
All children in the United States are entitled to a basic public elementary and secondary education regardless of their race, color, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, or the status of their parents/guardians. School districts that either prohibit or discourage children from enrolling in schools because they or their parents/guardians are not U.S. citizens or are undocumented may be in violation of Federal law. Click one of the links below to find out more facts about enrollment policies: English
Age Limitation (There are no
exceptions to the age limitations stated below)
- Kindergarten – A student enrolling in kindergarten must be five (5) years of age on or prior to August 31st in the school year for which you are applying (Arizona Revised Statutes 15-821).
- First Grade – A student enrolling in first grade must be six (6) years of age on or before August 31 in the school year for which you are applying (Arizona Revised Statutes 15-821).
Parents/Guardians must complete the enrollment process in person
& provide a government issued photo identification to enroll your student. In addition to completing the enrollment packet, you will need to bring the following documents:
- Certified copy of the Birth Certificate – Required showing that a student falls within the school district’s minimum and maximum age requirements. Students must be five (5) years old on or before August 31 of the school year for enrollment in kindergarten and six (6) years of age on or before August 31 of the school year for enrollment into first grade.
- The birth certificate is also used to verify the correct legal name. In compliance with federal, state and district guidelines, all students are enrolled using the legal name on the student’s birth certificate UNLESS there has been a court-ordered name change and a photocopy of the legal name change documents are provided at the time of enrollment.
- Proof of Residency – Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S) 15-802(b) requires school districts to obtain and maintain verifiable documentation of Arizona Residency upon enrollment in an Arizona public school. The documentation must be provided each time a student enrolls in a school, and reaffirmed annually.
- Utility Bill (gas, electric, water)
- Purchase or Escrow Agreement
- Lease or Rental Agreement
- Affidavit of Residency – If you are residing in the home of a relative or friend, you must provide an Affidavit of Residency notarized by the owner/renter. The owner/renter of the home must provide the same proof of residency documentation noted above with the Affidavit.
- Proof of Immunization – All students entering Arizona public schools are required by law to be immunized. Proof of immunization or a signed waiver is required at the time of enrollment and must include the name of the person, birth date, type of vaccine administered and the month, day and year of each immunization (A.R.S. 15-828).
- Legal Guardianship or Custodial Documents – Please provide any legal guardianship and/or custody documents regarding the student.
- Withdrawal Form – Please provide a withdrawal form from the last school the student attended.
- Individualized Learning Plan, Evaluation and other Related Documents – Students receiving special services (special education, gifted, English language learner (ELL), 504 Accommodation Plans) are encouraged to provide copies of documents upon enrollment.
- Future Freshman – Promotion certificate or proof of completion of eighth grade.
- Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors new to the District – A withdrawal form with transfer grades and an unofficial transcript should be provided. Juniors and seniors who have attended an Arizona school may need to provide their AIMS and/or AZMerit scores.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll my child for School?
Enrollment Forms – As a convenience, enrollment forms are available to download and complete prior to enrolling your child. Enrollment forms are also available at each school office at the time of enrollment.
Which school will my child attend?
To determine your child’s home school, refer to the online attendance map link below. Dysart Unified School District offers parents the opportunity to express their preference for any district school. Students may apply for Open Enrollment (see link below) at any school in the district provided space is available. Parents open enrolling their students at a school other than their home school will be responsible for transportation.