Please use the menu on the left to find the various pages regarding elementary school enrollment.
Update, March 25, 2013: K-8 School assignment letters for 2013 have been mailed. Families who missed registration by the February 2013 deadline, and do not yet have a school assignment for 2013-14, must submit registration materials and choice of school by May 10, 2013 in order to be included in the second school assignment lottery.
Key Dates in the Enrollment Calendar
Informational Fair for Kindergarten and New Elementary Families, Sunday, December 2, 2012; 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: LeConte Elementary, 2241 Russell St.
January – Registration and enrollment begins; Kindergarten and Middle School Information Nights
First Friday in February – Enrollment forms and documents due to Admissions Office – Friday, February 1, 2013
Mid-March – School Assignment Letters Sent
Last Business Day in March – Waitlist requests due: Friday, March 29, 2013
April through May – Provide required documentation and register at your new school
Visit our “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” webpage for information on kindergarten and first grade age requirements.
General enrollment guidelines for continuing and new BUSD students:
Continuing Students: Berkeley residents who are presently attending an elementary or middle school will automatically be able to remain at their current school. Students wishing to change schools must fill out a Parent Preference Form indicating their first, second and third choice of schools for the next year. If space is not available at any of their choices, they will remain at their current school. Current fifth graders at all schools must fill out a preference form indicating their choices of middle school.
New Students: Parents of students who are entering Berkeley’s schools must fill out an enrollment form and list their preferences for schools. Along with the enrollment form, parents must submit the student’s birth certificate and three proofs of Berkeley residency. Acceptable proofs include a PG&E bill, EBMUD bill, telephone bill, cable bill, a bank statement, and a driver’s license. Each proof of residency, other than the driver’s license, must be less than two months old and have the parent’s name and address on it. Home visits to verify addresses may be done on a random basis. Under state law, parents may request any school in the district; however, first priority will be given to families who live in the school’s attendance zone. Students transferring from another district should also submit a report card or transcript from the student’s previous school.
Non-Resident Students: Students who are not Berkeley residents may request enrollment in Berkeley schools on an inter-district permit, if approved by the school district where they live and by BUSD. Inter-district permits must be renewed each year. However, no student attending on an inter-district permit will be placed until the permit renewal is received. Under Berkeley’s enrollment system, priority for enrollment is given to all Berkeley residents before inter-district students are admitted. Due to overcrowding, permits are limited.