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School Enrollment

Last Updated: 1/30/2023 1:46 PM

Welcome to the Cherokee County School District!

 

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New Students 

Parents beginning March 7 can use CCSD's new registration system to enroll all students Grades K-12 who will be new to CCSD for the 2023-24 School Year.  The website address for the new system will be posted on CCSD's website and social media on March 7. To enroll new students prior to March 7 for this current school year, please use Registration Gateway.  All registrations for the 2023-24 school year will need to be completed in the new system March 7 or later.

The online registration process takes about 15-20 minutes; parents will enter their own identification information, such as emergency contact names and phone numbers, which increases accuracy and eliminates redundancy.  Required documents (birth certificate, proof of residency, etc.) will be brought to the follow-up appointment that the school will coordinate with parents.  More information, including a list of required documents, is available online here.  

Children who are turning 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2023 may be enrolled in kindergarten; children who are turning 6 on or before Sept. 1, 2023 are enrolled in first grade.  A placement committee, which includes the child’s parents, will review requests for a child who will turn 6 on or before Sept. 1, 2023 to instead attend kindergarten.  All 23 CCSD elementary schools have full-day kindergarten.  More information about CCSD’s kindergarten program is available online here. 

School boundary maps can be viewed here, or you can call 770.479.1871 to determine your attendance area.

If you have difficulty registering, please email enrollment.support@cherokee.incidentiq.com 

Kindergarten 

2023-24 School Year: Children who are turning 5 on or before September 1, 2023 are eligible for kindergarten, and children who are turning 6 on or before September 1, 2023 are eligible for first grade.  All 23 CCSD elementary schools have full-day kindergarten. Online registration for the 2023-24 school year will open March 7. More information, including a list of required documents, is available online here.  Learn more about kindergarten in CCSD by checking out Ready to Learn:  A Parent’s Guide to CCSD Kindergarten  (Spanish version- Listos Para Aprender- is here). For more information about CCSD Kindergarten, including a video and a helpful guidebook, click here.

Pre-K

Georgia Lottery Pre-K for 4-year-olds is offered at Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy, Johnston ES Preschool, Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy and RM Moore ES STEM Academy.

The application window for the 2023-24 school year lottery opens March 20 and applications are due by noon March 31.  A lottery drawing to fill class rosters then will be held and parents will be informed promptly of their child's selection.  More information, including a list of required documents, is available, is online here.  Application instructions will be posted on CCSD's website and social media before March 20. 

Additionally, CCSD’s Ralph Bunche Center offers Georgia Lottery Pre-K classes, and holds its own lottery drawing.  Please contact the school for additional information.

Space is limited and wait lists are common, but parents can search for available Lottery-funded Pre-K slots at private providers in their area at https://www.decal.ga.gov/Default.aspx.  The openings are updated in early September and then regularly throughout the year.

Ninth District Opportunity Head Start for income eligible 3- and 4-year-olds is offered at Ralph Bunche Center in Canton and Johnston Preschool Center at Johnston Elementary School in Woodstock.

Special Needs Preschool

CCSD additionally offers Special Education preschool and services for eligible children beginning on their third birthday.  For information concerning eligibility criteria and referral procedures, please the Office of Special Education at (770) 704-4315 or email preschoolassesment@cherokeek12.net.

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Cherokee County School System Announces Child Find Efforts to Determine Eligibility for Special Education Services

Cherokee County School System offers comprehensive Special Education services to eligible students ages three through 21 years. Children from birth to age three with disabilities will be referred to appropriate agencies for services. All referrals are considered confidential, and services are provided at no cost. The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and is provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state law. Public school services include screening in the area of suspected disabilities, such as hearing, motor skills, speech, language and general development. Evaluations in the schools are provided for several areas of suspected disabilities, including learning disabilities, speech and language development, physical impairments, vision or hearing problems, mental retardation, emotional disturbances, autism/pervasive developmental disorders, health problems or traumatic brain injuries. A free, appropriate, public education with full continuum of services is available for all eligible children  enrolled in the Cherokee County School System and for those students who are home schooled or enrolled in private schools and preschools, including religious schools. For more information concerning eligibility criteria and referral procedures, please the Office of Special Education at (770) 704-4315. The staff can answer questions or direct your call to the appropriate person. All referrals are considered confidential. The parent or legal guardian retains the right to refuse services and other procedural safeguards under federal and state law.

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