Rutherford County Schools is now accepting online enrollment of new students. To determine your zoned school, please enter your address HERE or call the transportation office at (615) 893-5815, ext. 22100.
Returning students are already enrolled in their school for next year and should NOT complete the New Student Enrollment process. For existing students, the schools will notify parents this summer when the Student Data Verification process in Skyward is open and they can complete the forms for the 2021-2022 school year. If a student has an address change that will impact their zoned school for 2021-2022, the should contact the new school — but should not complete a New Student Enrollment.
NEW STUDENTS WITH SIBLING ALREADY ENROLLED
If a student is new to RCS but has a sibling already attending an RCS school, the parents will enroll using their existing Skyward account. Go under the Skyward Family Access area of Skyward and then the tab for New Student Online Enrollment.
NEW K-12 STUDENTS
Families who are new to RCS will need to use the link below for New Student Online Enrollment to create a Skyward account and then complete the enrollment process.
- For Pre-K students, see Kindergarten and Pre-K section below
- For documents needed for registration, see section below
NOTE: If your child has been approved for a zone exemption, for the section that requires proof of residence, you must upload a copy of this year's approval letter, or for past years, upload a note so the school can verify the zone exemption is on file.
** Translation services are available. If needed, contact the ESL Center at (615) 890-5728.
Los servicios de traduccion estan disponibles. Si es necesario, comuniquese con el Centro de ESL al (615) 890-5728.
KINDERGARTEN AND PRE-K ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
The following law took effect for all kindergartners 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- K and Kindergarten registration opens April 12, 2021. To register a Kindergartener, please follow the process detailed above for new students or sibling students. If you are unable to register online, please reach out to your school-of-zone for directions on in-person registration.
NEW PRE-K STUDENTS
Pre- K registration opens April 12, 2021. Pre-K Application/Registration may be completed via the online application (English — Spanish — Arabic) or go to Eagleville School, Kittrell Elementary, Walter Hill Elementary or John Colemon Elementary depending on choice location, to pick up a paper application packet. Application packets must be turned in to the same location.
For questions about pre-kindergarten options and eligibility, please visit the Voluntary Pre-K Info page or contact Jamie Hubbard in the instruction department at 615-893-5812.
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.
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 for the phase-in period. 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.
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.
GENERAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION (ALL GRADES)
Documents parents should have for registration:
- Birth certificate or other official record of birth (TN birth certificates can be obtained by calling the Rutherford County Health Department at 615-898-7880)
- Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Immunization*
- Proof of residence **
- Current proof of custody of the child if parents are divorced, separated or unmarried.
*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 current utility bills – 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.
Detailed information on immunizations can be found HERE.