To start your child at school in the USA you must first register your child as a student. This means you need to visit the school and sign papers so the school can accept your child. Learn what documents you need and how to register your child in school. Read about placement and special classes. Learn about what your child needs, what to do if your child is absent, and how to get to school.


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What school will my child go to?


The year your child was born and the place you live will determine which school your children will go to. Find your local public school.


What paperwork do I need to register my children in school?


The necessary paperwork might include:


  • Proof of residency in the school district. This means you have to show that you live in your house or apartment. Examples of proof of residency are a signed apartment lease, a bank statement, or a utility bill with an address. This is to show that you leave in a neighborhood where the school enrolls children.
  • Proof of age. For example, a birth certificate or passport with your child’s birthday.
  • Immunizations or other health records.
  • The school district may require a meeting with school administrators to get the student fully enrolled.
  • Each school district may have its own form when you register your child in school. Find the form on the school district website. You can also go to the school and ask to talk to the school secretary.
  • 学区的居住明。意味着,你必须证明你住在你的房子或公寓里。居住包括已署的租对账单、或者有地址的水电费账单是用来表示你住的区域与学区相同
  • 龄证明。比如有孩子生日的出生
  • 防接种或其他的健康记录
  • 学区可能要求与学校行政人会面才能学生注册。
  • 当你注册你的孩子每个学区可能要求不同的表格。从校区网站取得需要的表格,也可以去学校并要求与秘书谈话

When do I register my child in school?


Most schools in the US begin at the end of the summer or early fall, in August or September. If you arrive in the United States in the summer, you can visit your child’s school in July or August to learn how to enroll. If you arrive in the United States during the school year, you should enroll your child as soon as possible.


Do my children have to go to school?


School attendance is required for students in the United States between the ages of six and 16. In some states, the ages might be different by one or two years. You can find out the ages and number of years in your state.


Regular attendance is very important for your student. Schools keep track of attendance. You can get in trouble with the law if your student misses too many days of school. You will get many warnings if your student starts to miss too many days. The exact number is different for different school districts.


An absence is when you are missing from school. Most schools have 2 types of absences. The 2 types are excused absences and unexcused absences.


Examples of excused absences


  • Sickness
  • Religious holiday
  • Suspension, a disciplinary action taken against a student showing unacceptable behavior
  • Dangerous weather conditions where you can’t get to school safely
  • Lack of authorized transportation (for example, if the bus does not show up)
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Permission from the principal
  • Visit a college campus
  • Work, if part of an approved cooperative education program
  • Participation in short-term or full-time work
  • School sports team game or competition
  • School-sponsored club or activity special event

如果你认为孩子被错误的年你可以与孩子考和分的老、校或学校工作人,解认为级错误的原因。:“你的理由是什么? ”学校可以帮助你理解他的决定。如果他同意你的理由,也有可能会将你的孩子重新分

Examples of unexcused absences


  • Missing school without telling the school in advance
  • Skipping (not going to) a class
  • Being late to school. Being late is also called a tardy. Tardies can be excused and unexcused. Excused tardies have the same list as excused absences.


The student is always responsible for making up all the work he or she missed. You, or a parent or guardian, are responsible for telling the school the reason for the absence. Tell the school by calling the office or attendance office, or by writing and signing a note to the teacher, secretary, or principal. If you know your child will miss school ahead of time, it is better to tell the school before. Sometimes, the absence is unexpected. That is okay. Call the school in the morning or the next day.


What do my children need for school?

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What do my children need for school?Students usually have to bring supplies, or tools, to school with them. The school district website, the school website, or the classroom teacher will have a list. The list can be different for different grades.


Notebook paper and pencils or pens are usually required. A three-ring binder or folders to hold papers are also helpful.

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School supplies can get expensive. The simplest paper, pencils, and pens work. You do not need to buy the most popular or fanciest. Sometimes, teachers or schools have extra supplies and can provide them if you need. Schools or community or religious organizations sometimes give away school supplies. Search for school supply help a couple of weeks before school starts. Most of the giveaways will be right before the school year starts.


How will my children get to school?

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  • GTE (资优教育)
  • 進階先修課程(AP)
  • IB(国文凭大学

School busMost school districts provide transportation to get to school. If you live close to the school, the school might expect that you can walk or ride a bike. The school district website will have information on busing and transportation. It will tell you where to wait for the bus and what time the bus will be at the stop. Contact the school secretary about transportation information.


School districts consider transportation a student privilege, not a student right. The privilege can be taken away if students are not behaving properly. Riding the school bus requires the same behavior as being in school.


What are immunizations?

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  • /监护人的建
  • 适合的准化考的成
  • 完成有挑性作的意愿
  • 学生趣或
  • 辅导员的建
  • 学生作品

Immunizations are shots that children in the United States are normally required to have to go to school. These requirements vary by school district. They are sometimes ruled by state laws. Your child needs to have all the required immunizations or needs to have a waiver showing why they do not have them. Records of immunizations are usually required for enrolling a student or when they start school.


What will my children eat at school?


Public and private schools offer low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. This is a federally funded program called the National School Lunch Program. The amount of money a household earns determines whether a student qualifies to receive a free lunch, reduced-cost lunch, or neither. Some school districts send information home about the National School Lunch Program. Ask the school secretary for more information.


Some schools provide breakfasts as a part of this program. Some schools provide food to students in low-income families for the weekend, school breaks, or summer vacation. The school secretary can talk to you about free and reduced lunches. Or, the school secretary will help you find the person who can help you.


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  • 工作,如果同意的半工半读计
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