(Note: According to anecdotal evidence, schools have some discretion with respect to this date. I don't know whether this is true. I do know that this is the first day of registration at my school and several surrounding schools. If you're not sure, check with the school in your catchment for the specific date.)
In order to attend kindergarten in Philadelphia public schools, your child must be five years old before September 1. If your child is six years old by September 1 but hasn't attended a full year of kindergarten, you can request that you child be assigned to kindergarten instead of first grade, if space is available.
To register, you'll need:
- Proof of child's age, such as, in order of preference: Official Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, Passport of Foreign Board Child, Other Document Evidence (adoption papers, court placement record, hospital record, institutional home record, social service agency record, or alien number and I-94 number)
- Proof of address, such as parent’s driver’s license, voter’s registration card or recent utility bill.
- Immunization records
It might be helpful to call ahead to find out what you need and the best time to stop by to register (I would suggest, for example, that Monday morning as school opens is not the best time).
You can also check out the SDP web site for more info about new students.