General Registration Requirements

Registration for your student in grades 1-12.

Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)! We're glad to have you join our school community.

For information about registration for the upcoming school year, please contact your zoned school directly. Enter your address in the boundary locator to determine the name of your zoned school. If you already know your zoned school, then you can find your school’s website by visiting our Schools and Centers Directory for contact information.

Families who need language support may contact the following central office registrars: 

If you have questions about registration procedures, policies or regulations, contact the Office of Student Registration or text 571-496-8254

Online Registration is open for 2023-24 and 2024-25 SY

This optional self-service registration tool enables New and Returning (re-enrolling) families to start the registration process for students entering Kindergarten (00) through 12th grade.

5 Steps to Register Your Student

Parents of students entering 1st through 12th grades should follow the instructions on this page to complete the 5-step process for student enrollment. 

For kindergarteners, please see the separate kindergarten registration page for the most detailed information.

Military families will register using the 5-step process below; however, see Military Families: Planning your Arrival to Fairfax County for additional student registration information to help with the transition.

5-Step Registration Process - Written Instructions

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

The following two factors determine a student's eligibility to enroll in FCPS:

  • Residency - Children must be living with a parent and residing in Fairfax County.
  • Age - Children must be age 5 or older by September 30.

Step 2: Determine How to Register

In order to start the registration process, please fill out the Student Registration Form (IT-19). The Student Registration Form is also available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

The form must be completed for all students registering in our schools.

The home language information on the Student Registration Form will help us direct you to the location of an appropriate registrar who can help you at any point in the registration process.

  • English Only - Students who have English as the only language shown on the Student Registration Form (IT-19) should register at the local school, except in instances where the student last attended an international school and are enrolling in secondary school (grades 7-12). Families may forward international transcripts to [email protected] to determine if their child is eligible for high school credit testing opportunities at the Student Registration Welcome Center.

    Find your local school by entering your address in the FCPS Boundary Locator. School contact information is listed in the Schools Directory.

FCPS Boundary Locator

Other Than or In Addition to English 

  • If a language other than or in addition to English is shown on the Student Registration Form (IT-19), AND your child last attended a US school (public, private, homeschool, or DoDEA), register at the local school.
  • If a language other than or in addition to English is shown on the Home Language Survey, AND your child last attended an international school, register at the closest Student Registration Welcome Center:

At FCPS Student Registration Welcome Centers,  you can ask questions and request information about enrollment in most languages. At the centers, professionals may assess your student's English language skill and/or educational level. These assessments can provide valuable information to the local school and support your child's instructional needs.

Special Registration Situations - Depending on circumstances (nonparent registrations, divorced or separated parents, homelessness, foster care and foreign exchange students), you will register at either the local school or a Student Registration Welcome Center. Please see Special Registration Situations. (See Home Instruction for information about home schooling your child.) 

Step 3: Gather Documents

Parents registering their children must provide several documents including proof of residency in Fairfax County, child's birth certificate, parent's government issued identification, child's health information, and child's immunizations. 

See General Registration Documents for complete information regarding necessary documentation.  

Please bring the registration documents to your appointment with a registrar (see Step 5).

General Registration Documents

Step 4: Fill out forms

A parent may opt to complete online registration or fill out FCPS registration forms for each child being registered. 

Registration forms can be downloaded from our General Registration Forms page. Select the Enrollment Forms Bundle option to access all the necessary forms at once. Or pick up printed forms at the closest Student Registration Welcome Center or the local school office. For local school pick up, be sure to call ahead so the forms can be ready for you when you arrive. 

Please bring the completed registration forms to your appointment with a registrar (see Step 5).

General Registration Forms

Step 5: Make an appointment

Please call ahead for a registration appointment at a local school (Boundary Locator and Schools Directory) or a Student Registration Welcome Center. 

The student and at least one parent must be present for the registration appointment at a school or a Student Registration Welcome Center. 

Please try to arrive with your registration documents and completed registration forms.

Questions? Our registrars at local schools or at Student Registration Welcome Centers are available to assist families and students at any time during the registration process.

We look forward to partnering with you to support your child's educational journey in FCPS.

Student Transfers

A student is expected to attend the school that serves his or her attendance area. However, student transfer information is available if a parent would like to transfer a student from a base school to another school within FCPS. Transfer requests are considered for very specific reasons as outlined in FCPS School Board Regulation 2230.

You must first be registered at a neighborhood school before submitting a request for student transfer.