Registration and Enrollment

Rutherford County Schools is accepting online enrollment for kindergarteners and new students for the 2024-2025 school year. To determine your zoned school, please enter your address HERE or call the transportation office at (615) 893-5815, ext. 22100.
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WHEN IS THE REQUIRED ANNUAL UPDATE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
The required annual update for current students will open in July. Check back here closer to time for a specific date. 
 
As a reminder, parents MUST login to Skyward, verify their student's information and complete all forms. This process must be completed before the start of the school year.
 
If you have questions, concerns, or are unable to login to Skyward, please contact your school's main office.
 
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 recommended for registration, see section below
 
 
New Student Enrollment Portal
 
 
NOTE: If your child has been approved for a choice school zone exemption, for the section that requires proof of residence, parents should upload a screenshot of their approval email or their parent portal that shows they have accepted their seat, 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.

Kindergarten registration will open April 17, 2024. 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. 

PRE-K STUDENTS


ANY APPLICATION RECEIVED AFTER MAY 15, 2024, WILL BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST. 
(Due to volume of applicants, applicants will not be updated on status of application.

For questions about pre-kindergarten options and eligibility, please visit the Voluntary Pre-K Info page or contact Ann Haley in the instruction department via email at [email protected].

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 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,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.

 

18-YEAR-OLD-ENROLLMENT

 

Students who are already 18 years of age when attempting to enroll in a Rutherford County School (this includes transfers within the district and new students from out-of-county), must have their school documents reviewed by the Board of Education before enrollment is considered.

 

Academic History, School Schedule, Attendance, Discipline, and Withdrawal Grades from the previous school will be taken into consideration before being enrolled.

 

If an 18-year-old is not on track to finish requirements with their graduating class, they will be referred to the Adult High School program to work towards completing outstanding graduation requirements to earn their high school diploma.

 

GENERAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION (ALL GRADES)

Recommended documents 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 Residency
  • Current proof of custody of the child if parents are divorced, separated or unmarried.
  • A copy of the student's high school transcript (if applicable)
 

*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.

Detailed information on immunizations can be found HERE.