Registration for New Elementary Students Begins January 18

Registration Dates Shift Earlier to Plan for the 2023-2024 School Year
 
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (January 3, 2023) – Registration to enroll children in South Pasadena elementary schools for the 2023-2024 school year will begin on January 18, 2023–approximately one month earlier than last year. Parents/guardians interested in registering their children should first visit their home school to pick up a registration packet and schedule an appointment for an in-person meeting. The meetings will be scheduled between January 30-February 3, 2023 for families who have other children in the District or February 13-21, 2023 for new families. The child’s home school is determined by the attendance area boundaries for each school, and addresses may be verified here.
 
To improve the likelihood that siblings will attend the same elementary school, siblings of current students will be allowed to register first. When parents/guardians complete their registration meeting during the designated dates with the required paperwork, they are ensured an equal chance of being placed at their home school during the new family lottery, regardless of when the initial meeting takes place. The date and time of registration will only be used to determine school placement (as space permits) for children who register after February 21, 2023.
 
With the statewide expansion of the transitional kindergarten (TK) program, children who turn five between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024 also will be eligible to register for the TK program offered this fall. Eligibility dates for transitional kindergarten this year are for children born between September 2, 2018 and April 2, 2019. More information about the TK program may be found on the SPUSD website and TK registration information may be found here.
 
SPUSD also offers a Dual Language Immersion Program for elementary and middle school children. For parents interested in learning more about the program, SPUSD created a general overview presentation that has been shared on the Dual Language Immersion (DI) Program webpage.
 
Children who are currently enrolled at SPUSD schools are automatically registered for the following school year. School registration is a multi-step process and should be followed as outlined below:
 
SIBLINGS* OF CURRENT STUDENTS (TK-5):
*SPUSD considers siblings as a family with at least one child currently enrolled in SPUSD (TK-Grade 12) and having a sibling with prior attendance at the home school.
  1. Starting January 18 at 9 a.m., visit your home school (Arroyo Vista, Marengo, Monterey Hills) in person to pick up a registration packet and schedule an appointment between Monday, January 30 and Friday, February 3. Please read the printed packet carefully before completing the online forms.
  2. Once you have read the packet and scheduled your appointment, then go to the online registration portal at https://my.spusd.net, review the instructions, and fill out the online AIR registration form;
  3. Print two copies of the completed form and bring them to your in-person, registration appointment;
  4. Finish the registration process during the scheduled appointment.
    • Parents/guardians must submit all required paperwork including residency verification documents.
    • Please follow health and safety guidelines when visiting schools in person.
  STUDENTS NEW TO THE DISTRICT (TK-5):
  1. Determine the home school for your child - view attendance area boundaries and verify addresses here.
  2. Starting January 18 at 9 a.m., visit your home school (Arroyo Vista, Marengo, Monterey Hills) in person to pick up a registration packet and schedule an appointment between Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 21. Please read the printed packet carefully before completing the online forms.
  3. Once you have read the packet and scheduled your appointment, then go to the online registration portal at https://my.spusd.net, review the instructions, and fill out the online AIR registration form;
  4. Print two copies of the completed form and bring them to your in-person, registration appointment;
  5. Finish the registration process during the scheduled appointment.
    • Parents/guardians must submit all required paperwork including residency verification documents.
    • Please follow health and safety guidelines when visiting schools in person.
STUDENTS INTERESTED IN THE DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION (DI) PROGRAM:
  1. Determine the home school for your child - view attendance area boundaries and verify addresses here.
  2. Starting January 18 at 9 a.m., visit your home school (Arroyo Vista, Marengo, Monterey Hills) in person to pick up a registration packet and schedule an appointment. Please read the printed packet carefully before completing the online forms.
    Children with siblings in the District should schedule their appointment to finish registration between January 30-February 3.
    Children new to the District should schedule their appointment to finish registration between February 13-21.
  3. Once you have read the packet, then go to the online registration portal at https://my.spusd.net, review the instructions, and fill out the online AIR registration form  – NOTE INTEREST IN DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION, POSSIBLE OLDER SIBLING ENROLLMENT IN THE DI PROGRAM and LANGUAGE FLUENCY;
  4. Print two copies of the completed form and bring them to your in-person, registration appointment;
  5. Finish the registration process during the scheduled appointment.
    • Parents/guardians must submit all required paperwork including residency verification documents.
    • Please follow health and safety guidelines when visiting schools in person.
Required documents at the registration appointment include three current proofs of residence, two copies of the printed AERIES Internet Registration (AIR), original birth certificate or passport for the child, original immunization records for the child (officially translated, if in another language), and photo identification of the parent/guardian registering the child.
 
After sibling and new family registrations take place, two different lotteries will be held. First, the Dual Language Immersion (DI) lottery will be held to establish the DI kindergarten classes at Marengo (Mandarin) and Monterey Hills (Spanish), and then the new family lottery will be held to establish priority among the new families who have registered at each home school. The DI lottery will take place on Wednesday, March 15 at 3:30 p.m. Results from the DI lottery will be emailed to participants. DI commitment forms are due to Marengo or Monterey Hills by 12 p.m. on March 24, 2023. The new family TK/K lottery will take place on Monday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m. These lotteries are open to the public and will be held in the District Office Board Room.    
 
If parents would like a child to attend a school other than the designated home school, they must complete an open enrollment form, available at the school office, or downloadable here and turn it in to their home school where they registered, prior to March 24, 2023 by 4 p.m. The open enrollment lottery will take place in early August, and those placements, if possible, will be made just before the start of the 2023-2024 school year.
 
Families with new middle or high school students may register their students at the school sites beginning March 13, 2023 by appointment. Please check the school or District websites for more information.
 
About South Pasadena Unified School District
Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California.  Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation for providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level. The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.
 
For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent, [email protected]
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