New students may enroll in the Ann Arbor Public Schools using the online enrollment link available this spring.
(For immediate enrollment, please follow this link for a hard copy of the enrollment packet, or call 734-994-2200 and one will be sent to you.)
You will be notified by the district when the online enrollment form is received. The required documents outlined below such as proof of residency, birth certificate, immunization form, will need to be presented to the school prior to the start of the school year.
It is our desire that your family’s experience with Ann Arbor Public Schools will be one of fulfillment, enrichment and exceptional opportunities. Below is a checklist of the required documents and information necessary to complete the student enrollment process.
Basic criteria are listed below. Click the underlined links for more details. To determine what school a student would attend based on an address, see the searchable Attendance-Area-by-Street Directory.
For additional assistance with enrollment, please phone the school building or contact the Child Accounting Office at 734-994-2249.
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Basic Enrollment Information
Student Age: In order to receive funding from the State of Michigan, students must be five (5) years old by October 1 and less than twenty (20) years old on September 1 for the enrolling school year.The enrollment process must be completed online by a parent or legal guardian. If you require a hard copy of the enrollment packet please call 734-994-2200 and one will be sent to you.
Required Documents to be presented to the school secretary upon completion of the enrollment process:
- Original birth certificate (with raised seal), student passport or Visa
- Official immunization records
- Kindergarten: Health Appraisal/Vision Screening
- Address of the school your student last attended
- Certified copies of court orders or placement papers, if applicable (i.e., Appointment of Legal Guardianship, Divorce Decree, etc.)
- Driver’s license of Parent/Legal Guardian, Passport or Visa
- Proof of residency
The following documents are required to prove residency:
– Homeowner: Purchase agreement, closing papers or deed
– Renter: Current lease/rental agreement
– Property tax statement
– Two (2) different current utility bills: •Gas • Electric •Cable TV •Land line phone bill with the name and AAPS District address of the person enrolling the student or written start up confirmation from company
– Moving company invoice or truck rental receipt validating address in district
In addition, report cards and/or transcripts are helpful when enrolling a student.
Additional forms may be required at the building level.
Requirements for Non-traditional Living Arrangements (if applicable):
- Notarized Affidavit of Residency
- Notarized Affidavit of Guardianship
- Notarized Statement of Guardian
Michigan law provides that, in order to complete and maintain enrollment, a parent or guardian must be a resident within the geographical boundaries of the Ann Arbor School District. The following lists the verification of residency required for enrollment.
HOMEOWNER — If you own a home or are purchasing a home in the Ann Arbor Public School District, we expect the following:
- Proof of home ownership: If you currently own or have recently purchased a home in the district, a deed or closing statement in the name of the person seeking to enroll the student. If you have yet to purchase your home, but have a pending purchase agreement with a closing date, this will need to be reviewed before enrollment.
- And two (2) of the following: Original current utility bills •Gas •Electric •Cable TV •Land line phone bills with the name and AAPS District address of the person enrolling the student. If you have not yet received utility bills, two verifications of utility activation may be submitted.
Note: Purchase of property in the Ann Arbor School District must be for the purpose of a primary residence. Purchasing a residence within the boundaries does not, solely, constitute living within the boundaries.
RENTING/LEASING — If you are renting a property within the district, we expect the following:
- A signed lease in the name of the person seeking to enroll the student. All leases may be reviewed annually at registration or at the request of the district.
- And two (2) of the following: original current utility bills •Gas •Electric •Cable TV •Land line phone bills with the name and AAPS District address of the person enrolling the student. If you have not yet received utility bills, two verifications of utility activation may be submitted.
Note: Rental of property in the Ann Arbor School District must be for the purpose of a primary residence. Leasing a residence within the boundaries does not, solely, constitute living within the boundaries.
AFFIDAVIT OF RESIDENCY — If you reside with an Ann Arbor resident within the district, we expect the following: Both the Ann Arbor resident, and the parent or legal guardian living with the resident, must complete the Affidavit of Residency form. This form must be notarized. This affidavit is valid for one (1) year.
- The AAPS District resident:
– Must meet the residency requirements as a homeowner or renter as listed above.
– Must ensure that their residence is the primary residence of parent or legal guardian as well as the student.
- The person living with the AAPS resident:
– Must present a valid driver’s license, state-issued picture identification, or passport of the person enrolling the student.
NOTE: Living with an Ann Arbor resident in the Ann Arbor School District must be for the purpose of a more suitable home.
GUARDIANSHIP FOR NON-RELATIVE
- The legal guardian must meet the residency requirements as a homeowner or renter as listed above.
- Students will not be enrolled under this provision for “Educational Purposes only”. (MCL 380.1148)
- The legal guardian(s) may need to meet with school staff regarding the requirements of the legal guardian(s). A copy of these requirements will be given to guardian(s) and an acknowledgement of receipt will be signed. The name of the student’s legal guardian(s) and a copy of the parent/guardian rights will be given to the student’s school.
- This enrollment option is only valid for one (1) year.
LIVING WITH A RELATIVE — NOTARIZED AFFIDAVIT OF GUARDIANSHIP — If you are enrolling a student who is a
relative it must be substantiated with a notarized Affidavit of Guardianship form. This is subject to review by
school staff with the possibility of an interview.
- A relative may enroll a student who is not their child if the child is living with them because the parents areunable to provide a suitable home.
- The relative must complete the Statement of Guardian form. This form must be notarized.
- The student can provide a supporting letter or referral from an outside entity verifying the need to live with the relative and a plan to return the child to the parent(s) if applicable. (i.e., counselor, therapist, clergy, doctor, caseworker, etc.)
- The school staff may review such requests and ask the relative to meet with school staff to substantiate the reason(s) that the parent(s) cannot provide a suitable home.
- Students will not be enrolled for “Educational Purposes only”. (MCL 380.1148)
- This enrollment option is only valid for one (1) year.
EMPLOYEES — Children of Ann Arbor District employees are eligible to attend the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
- In accordance with MCL 388.1606(6)(1), children of District employees may also enroll if the student is the child of a regular school employee who is under contract with the Board of Education either through a Master Contract Agreement or individual contract, and excludes annual supplemental agreement holders who do not fall within the definition of a regular school employee. (Reference Board of Education Policy section 4700.R.01)
- This exception shall cease to exist when the parent or legal guardian ceases to be an employee of the District. Under such circumstances, a student may finish the current academic semester without payment of tuition, or approval from his/her resident district, if the parent or legal guardian discontinues employment with the district after the membership count day.
- Placement of students is based upon available space and assigned staff.
HOMELESS STUDENTS — In accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act (2001) and AAPS BOE Policy 5110.R.01, students who meet the federal definition of “homeless” have the right to enroll in school immediately, even if they do not have the required documents. Residency documentation for all categories will be processed at the school where the student is enrolling. The matters involving enrollment and residency are under the direct supervision of the Superintendent or his designee. The designee is the Director of Student Accounting. This office may assist, review or investigate any matters in this regard with Central and/or Building Administrators as needed.
It is the policy of the Ann Arbor Public Schools that no person shall, on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, weight, height, or handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination in employment or any of its programs or activities.
Last updated 21 January 2011. To report errors, phone 734-994-2249.
Michigan General School law states that a child enrolling in a school in this state for the first time shall submit a statement signed by a health professional or health department with the month, day and year of the following required immunizations. In addition to the required immunizations, vision screening is required for kindergartners enrolling for the first time. The Michigan Department of Community Health specifies what immunizations are required. A downloadable summary is available. The summary requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read. Click here for a list of resources for immunizations and/or examinations in the Ann Arbor area. The Washtenaw County Public Health office website provides additional links.
For children 4 years through 6 years of age:
- 4 doses of DPT (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine. If a dose was not received on or after the 4th birthday, a booster dose at school entry.
- 3 doses of any appropriate polio vaccine and if a dose was not received on or after the 4th birthday, a booster dose at school entry.
- 2 doses of any appropriate live MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine received after the 1st birthday, at least 28 days apart OR current laboratory evidence of measles, mumps or rubella immunity. Documented disease history alone is not acceptable.
- 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.
- Varicella vaccine (Chicken Pox) 2002/03 – 1 dose required on or after 1st birthday. A parent statement that a child has had chicken pox is sufficient.
- As of the 2010-2011 school year, all children entering kindergarten must have two doses of Varicella (Var) vaccine or history of chickenpox disease.
For children 7 years through 18 years of age:
- 4 doses of any appropriate DT (diphtheria and tetanus) vaccine. 3 doses if the 1st dose was received on or after the 7th birthday. IF a dose was not received within the last 10 years, a booster dose at school entry.
- As of the 2010-2011 school year, all children 11 through 18 years who are changing school districts, or are enrolled in sixth grade must have one dose of tetanus/diphptheria/acellular pertussis ((Tdap) if 5 years have passed since last dose of tetanus/diphtheria vaccine (DTap, Td, DT)
- 3 doses of any appropriate polio vaccine.
- 2 doses of any appropriate live MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, received after the 1st birthday at least 28 days apart OR current laboratory evidence of measles, mumps and rubella immunity. Documented disease history alone is not acceptable.
- 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.
- Varicella vaccine (Chicken Pox) 2002/03 –1 dose required if received on or after 1st birthday but prior to the 13th birthday, OR 2 doses required, administered at least 28 days apart, if child received the 1st dose on or after the 13th birthday. A parent statement that a child has had chicken pox is sufficient.
- As of the 2010-2011 school year, all sixth grade students and all students changing school districts must have two doses of Varicella (Var) vaccine or history of chickenpox disease.
A waiver form signed by a parent or guardian that the child has not been immunized because of religious or philosophical convictions.
A medical contraindication form signed by a physician that the immunization(s) is medically contraindicated. A specified period of time must be included. Any extension of time must be documented by a physician's statement.
- As of the 2010-2011 school year, all children 11 through 18 years who are changing school districts or enrolled in sixth grade must have one dose of meningococcal vaccine (MCV4 or MPSV4)
A parent or guardian wishing to exempt his or her child from a particular vaccination for religious or philosophical reasons must complete a State of Michigan Department of Community Health Waiver form which can be obtained at your child’s school. A new vaccination waiver form is required for all students new to the district, as well as ALL 6th grade students who currently have a waiver on file. Waivers must include each vaccine being waived, a parent/guardian signature, and be dated for the current school year.
If a particular vaccination is medically contraindicated, a State of Michigan Department of Community Health Medical Contraindication waiver form signed by a physician must be provided to the school. A specified period of time must be included on the waiver. Any extension of time must be documented by a physician's statement. These waiver forms are also available at your child’s school.
Any other written objections to immunization(s) can be recognized only with the consent of the director of the local health department.
Even with a waiver of immunization(s) on file, your child will be excluded from school if a case of one of the above diseases is reported in your child's school.
Previous school records with the above immunization information can be accepted.
If the school district does not have all of this information on file, your child will be denied admission.
A "Health History and Physical Examination" form, completed and signed by the student's physician is requested by the Ann Arbor Public Schools. The form is available in your school office. Principals and school nurses will assist you in any way possible in complying with these requests.
EXAMINATIONS IN THE ANN ARBOR AREA
- Washtenaw County Public Health Division
Immunizations are available by appointment only. Evening appointments are available. Phone 734-544-6770 to schedule.
- See listing for private pediatricians in telephone directory.
- Contact school nurse for other resources and/or assistance.