School Enrollment

Public School Enrollment

Baltimore City provides free pre-kindergarten for all children who are four years old by September 1 of the school year for which they will be enrolled however space is limited so register as soon as possible. To find a pre-kindergarten program near you, visit Baltimore City Schools or call (443)984-2000 for more information. All students in grades K-8, including those who require special education services, are also entitled to free public education and can be enrolled in two simple steps.

1. Find Your Zoned School

What is a Zoned School?

Neighborhood public schools for all students living in a designated geographical area. Typically this is the public school found closest to the student’s home as it is determined by your home address.

How do I find out where my zoned school is?

This information can be found online at Baltimore City Schools by following their school locator link. Alternatively, you can also call the one call center at (443)984 –2000.

2. Go to the school to enroll

Once you have found the appropriate school for your child, you must accompany the student to the school along with the following required documentation:

  • Birth certificate or other government-issued document showing birth date
  • Proof of guardianship (if applicable)
  • Immunization record
    • Immunization Services are available through free T.I.K.E clinics, for more information call (410)396 4454
  • Proof of current physical examination
  • At least two proofs of residency
    • Can include any of the following: utility bill such as gas and electric, water bill, original lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement, and an official payroll document from an employer
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP; if applicable)
  • Lead test certificate

High School Enrollment

Once your child has reached high school they are no longer required to go to their zoned school, so enrollment follows a different process. Students are then given the choice of where they would like to attend in order to best meet their needs and interests. For a list of high schools throughout the city, please visit Baltimore City Schools

A number of charter school options are also available for those who wish to apply. Charter schools are public schools that all students can choose to attend, regardless of where they live in the city. For a list of all city charter schools, please visit Baltimore City Schools and select types of schools in the schools drop down menu.

Other Important Information

School Closings

Due to inclement weather schools may elect to open late or close for the day. This information can be found by visiting your local school’s website or Baltimore City Schools as well as through local television and radio. You may also call the one call center if that information is unclear at (443)984-2000.


The Baltimore City School Police Force ensures that students and staff have a safe environment in which to learn and teach. If you have any questions or concerns related to the safety of your child while in school, please contact the call center at (443)984-2000. For all other emergencies call 911

Language Access

If English is not your first language, you have the right to request language assistance at any Baltimore City Public School.