Enrolling Children in School

By law, every person having custody of any child between 7 and 18 years old who has not completed the 12th grade is required to send that child to and maintain that child in regular attendance at a public or private full-time school.

What Grade Should My Child Be Enrolled In?

  • 1 - 5 Years Old                  Pre-School & Pre-Kindergarten
  • 5 - 12 Years Old                Kindergarten & Elementary (Grade 1-5)
  • 12 - 14 Years Old              Middle School/Junior High (Grade 6-8)
  • 14 - 18 Years Old              High School (Grade 9-12)

Which School Will My Child Go To?

Typically, your child's school is based on your residential address within the school district. For Santa Cruz, this is within the Santa Cruz City Schools (SCCS) district.

How Do I Enroll My Child in School?

Each school will have their own enrollment procedures, but you can expect you'll need to fill out an enrollment packet and a health form.

How Do I Find a School's Information?

Parents can find more information on schools within the SCCS district online here. Information on how to enroll your child in SCCS schools, including preschool/pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, can be found here. Those considering private schools or other schools outside the SCCS will need to contact those schools directly for more information and enrollment procedures.