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Prepare for the 2024-2025 School Year

Over the summer, this page will be updated regularly with the information you need to prepare your family and your child for a successful 2024-2025 school year. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 14.

Kindergarten Open Registration

Will you child be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2024? It's time to register them for kindergarten!

MCPS will host an open enrollment period for incoming kindergarten students April 23-25, 2024 at the MCPS Central Office (746 Indian Trail).

Stop in any time from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for assistance with completing the kindergarten registration form.

You will need to bring:

  • Child's original birth certificate

  • Two proofs of residence

  • Up-to-date physical examination (completed after 8/14/23)

  • Up-to-date immunization record (see below for vaccination requirements)

Translation services are available. Call (276) 403-5833 for translation assistance.

Questions? Call (276) 403-5833.

Open House

All schools will host an open house on Wednesday, August 7. This is an opportunity to meet teachers and staff, visit classrooms, and acquaint yourself and your child with the school!

Clearview Early Learning Center will host their parent orientation by appointment. Clearview families should find sign-up information in their Welcome to Preschool letters. Call (276) 403-5800 if you have any questions.

Martinsville Middle School will be hosting their open house by appointment. We will post more information about scheduling appointments as it becomes available.

No appointments are necessary for Albert Harris Elementary, Patrick Henry Elementary, and Martinsville High School. Families may drop in any time from 12-7 p.m. on August 7.

School Supply Lists

This section will be updated as our schools finalize their supply lists for the upcoming school year.

Information on the annual Back 2 School program, which provides area children with new socks, shoes, and backpacks filled with school supplies can be found here.

Back-to-School Vaccination Requirements

Children entering public and private schools are required to give proof of vaccination before enrolling in school. Required immunizations include:

Kindergarten

  • DTaP

  • Polio

  • MMR

  • Varicella

  • HepA (first dose followed by a second dose in 6 months)

7th Grade

  • HPV

  • MenACWY

  • Tdap

12th grade

  • MenACWY

Local health departments offer walk-in vaccination clinics for students. For this year's clinic schedule, click the button below.

Attendance

Being present in school every day, for the entire school day, is a critical part of student achievement. Parents/guardians play a crucial role in building good attendance habits and ensuring their child is in class.

  • Missing just 10%, or 2 days a month, over the course of the school year can affect a student's academic success.

  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three key signs that a student may drop out of high school.

  • By 9th grade, attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

Click here to review the MCPS attendance policy as well as resources for families to help encourage good attendance.