New Kindergarten Enrollment Information
The following law took affect for all kindergarteners beginning in August 2013.Tennessee Code Annotated, 49-6-3001(b)3 Children entering kindergarten shall be (5) years of age on or before August 15.
Pre-registration at all Rutherford County schools offering kindergarten is held each spring at the zoned school. Parents should call their child's zoned school for specific registration dates. To determine your zoned school, please enter your address HERE or call the transportation office at (615) 893-5815, ext. 22100.
It is important for parents to register their children for kindergarten during pre-registration if possible so schools can plan for the number of children to ensure an orderly beginning of the school year.
*A list of all health requirements can be found HERE. To get a Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Immunization, parents should contact their child's health care provider or the Health Department to schedule an appointment for a kindergarten physical. At that time, any additional shots that may be needed will be given to meet state requirements for entrance into school and a Certificate of Immunization will be issued.
** Proof of residence is a current utility bill – electric, gas or water – with the parent's name and address printed on it. If parents have not been living at the residence long enough to have a utility bill, a lease on a house or apartment will be accepted, or you can get a statement from the utility company showing you have started service at the specific address.
Rutherford County Schools utilizes a 5-day phase-in period at the beginning of the school year for kindergarteners. After registration, the parent will receive a schedule showing when their child will be in school during the first 10 school days. Students are divided into groups and the groups are rotated in and out of school during the first 10 days. During the phase-in period, all students are screened to determine their readiness for kindergarten. At the end of the phase-in period, all kindergarten students attend a full day of school every day for the remainder of the school year.
Detailed information on immunizations can be found HERE.
Students transferring from other school districts
Students entering the Rutherford County School system should be registered at their zoned school as soon as possible. The child's last report card is needed in addition to the other required documentation (see above) so schools can place students into the appropriate classes.
For students entering from out of state, parents must take their child's immunization records to the Rutherford County Health Department, 303 N. Church St. 100 W. Burton St. , Murfreesboro, or 108 David Collins Drive, Smyrna, or contact a local physician to have the immunization record transferred to the Tennessee Certificate of Immunization.
Only a custodial parent or legal guardian may register the child. The custodial parent or legal guardian must show proof of guardianship by presenting a copy of custody papers or court order.