Student Enrollment
Online enrollment for 2019-20 school year begins on March 1.Online Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is now available in English, Spanish, and Russian! See the instructions below to get started.

It all starts here.

Ready to enroll your student? This is where it all begins.

We're thrilled you've chosen Buncombe County Schools for your child's education. We take this responsibility seriously and will be with you every step of the way, from the first day of kindergarten, all the way through graduation day. You likely have a few questions and we'd like to discuss them with you. This is why there are tours, open houses, and Enrollment Appointments at all of our schools. (If you haven't already toured your school, we'd love to show you around.)  We'd also like to welcome and congratulate our new kindergarten families as we begin this learning journey together. Now, let's get started!

The four step enrollment process.

Important Regarding COVID-19:
Yes! Enrollment is now open for incoming kindergarteners for the 2020-2021 school year. To protect our families and staff during the COVID-19 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' season, in-person tours and appointments are temporarily unavailable. However, schools are guiding families through the enrollment process virtually according to these updated instructions. In short, you'll complete online enrollment (Step #2) normally, and then your school will guide you in providing only the most essential documents initially. 

Here are a few things to know...
• Per state law, only a legal parent or guardian may enroll a student.
• Enrollment Age Requirements (5 years of age on or before August 31 of that school year)
• School Kindergarten Enrollment Dates

First, you'll need to find your local school. We have a few tools to help you out:
• Search for your school based on your home address with our School District Mapping Tool.
• Alternately, call the BCS Transportation Department at 828-232-4220.
• Here's a directory of all of our schools, along with an interactive map.
• Learn more about School District Assignment.

If you haven't already done so, you can set up a tour with your future school. We'd love to meet you and your child, and show you around!

Switching schools or joining us from another district?
We're glad you've chosen BCS! Learn more about transfers and reassignments, including changes such as switching locations within Buncombe County Schools, or entering Buncombe County from a neighboring school district. 

Before your registration appointment, you'll need to complete the Online Enrollment process. This will make your registration appointment faster, and save quite a bit of paper. Currently, Online Enrollment uses a service called InfoSnap, and you'll need to set up an account using either an email address or a permanent phone number.

To get started, choose one of the following below:
Current School Year
Online Enrollment (2019-20, English)
Online Enrollment (2019-20, Spanish)
Online Enrollment (2019-20, Russian)

Upcoming School Year
Online Enrollment (2020-21, English)
Online Enrollment (2020-21, Spanish)
Online Enrollment (2020-21, Russian)

Applying for Free or Reduced Price Lunches?
Learn more about the online application for Free/Reduced price lunches.

Having trouble with the above online applications? Call your school or Student Services at (828) 255-5918 for assistance.

Now that you've completed online enrollment, it's time to schedule your Enrollment Appointment at the school. There are also some very important documents that you'll need to bring with you when you arrive.

Schedule Your Appointment

• Check the current schedule of School Registration Dates.
• Call your school to reserve a time for your Registration Appointment.

Prepare the following documents to present during the Enrollment Appointment at your child's new school:
• Photo identification of parent/legal guardian
• Copy of your child’s certified birth certificate
• Proof of guardianship
Can include birth certificate, divorce papers, Social Services paperwork, or paperwork signed by a judge awarding custody. Custody paperwork authorized by a judge or Social Services/foster care placement paperwork is required for all children not living with their natural parent.
• Copy of up-to-date immunization records
If your child is not immunized, you will need to speak with a school nurse. By law, records are due within 30 calendar days of enrollment. Learn more about required immunizations.
• Health assessment
For all students new to North Carolina Public schools. Must be the NC DHHS form obtained from the doctor's office - these are not provided at the school. By law, due within 30 calendar days of enrollment.
• Two proofs of residency
One must be a utility bill (power, water, or gas) and the other must be a mortgage statement, rental/lease agreement, deed, or buyer’s agreement. Learn more about Proof of Residency Requirements.

Are you joining us from a homeschool setting?
Please also provide this information at your appointment:
• Home school registration
• Attendance record
• Standardized test scores
• Record of courses taken and credit awarded.
• Portfolio of work (course descriptions, sample of work including: exams, hours spent per course curriculum used)

After successfully enrolling online, and attending your Enrollment Appointment at the school with your documents, you are all set! Every school should have an Orientation time or instructions for new families. Here you'll have a chance to get any remaining questions answered, meet teachers and staff, learn about key dates, join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and more.

Contact your school for information about their orientation process and dates.

Congratulations on choosing Buncombe County Schools, a state and national leader in preparing students for their tomorrow. We can't wait to include your child in the new school year!

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