2019-2020 Kindergarten/New Student
Pre-Registration Begins April 2, 2019
New Student Pre-Registration Goes Online
Full-day kindergarten classes will be held at all locations.
Fort Smith Public Schools' Student Pre-Registration will be completed in two parts:
Part A: Electronic Pre-Registration is Tuesday, April 2, 2019 to May 29, 2019. There are two options:
- Register in Person in your child’s attendance area: A Computer Kiosk will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from April 2 through May 29. Parents and guardians may bring all required documents to complete the registration process at that time. Order of Registration time-stamps will not be confirmed until any missing documents are presented to the school staff for verification. Enrollment is taken on a first come, first served basis.
- Or, you can register at home. Parents can find their attendance area at fortsmithar.gov or through the “Kindergarten Pre-Registration” link on the Fort Smith Public Schools website, http://www.fortsmithschools.org/
Kindergarten is mandatory for all children in the state of Arkansas who will be five years of age on or before August 1, 2019, unless parents or guardians file a kindergarten waiver with the public schools. Children not attending kindergarten will be tested to determine if they will be placed in kindergarten or first grade upon entering school.
All preschool students who attended one of the Fort Smith Public School District preschool programs must complete the Kindergarten Registration process.
Part B: Registration Verification Appointments: The Registration Verification Appointment step is offered for those who register their children from a computer at home or for those who do not have all of the required documents to finalize the registration process. If this verification step is completed, a student will maintain her/his placement on the registration list at a particular school.
To be legally enrolled, immunization records must be complete and in compliance with current regulations. A birth certificate, proof of physical assessment, and a social security card must be presented to the school. Birth certificates for children born in Arkansas may be obtained by writing: Arkansas State Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Little Rock, AR 72201. Applications are available on line at http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov.
As of this date, Arkansas law requires the following immunizations for all children enrolling in kindergarten: 4 doses of Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (DPT [last dose required after fourth birthday]), 3 doses of Polio (last dose required after fourth birthday), 2 doses of MMR (with all doses after first birthday), 1 dose of Hepatitis A, (given on or after 1st birthday), 3 doses of Hepatitis B, and 2 doses of Varicella (chicken pox [with all doses on or after first birthday]).
Registration information is needed by our district in order to make important decisions regarding staffing at our schools. We are bound to a limited number of students per class and per teacher by Arkansas Department of Education regulations. Because of this, we ask that you promptly and accurately fill out this registration information. Decisions regarding where children attend will be made as soon as possible and are based on seat availability. Transportation for students displaced from their home school due to over enrollment will be provided district transportation.
If you are registering a student for Kindergarten for the 2019-20 School Year, go to "Enroll your Student" under the heading "Families" and click on the "Kindergarten Pre-Registration" tab. If you have a student who is new to Fort Smith Public Schools in grades 1-12, click on the "Grades 1-12 Pre-Registration" tab.
Zone Maps and Address Search - View entire zone map or enter an address in Fort Smith and see what elementary school your child will attend here.
In-District Waivers (Attendance Area Exceptions) - Between school zones within FSPS — Contact Student Services, 785-2501
School Choice Act 2015- Between districts (ex. Greenwood to Fort Smith) — Contact Student Services, 785-2501
Kindergarten Waiver Form is available here - This form is for withholding a Kindergarten-age child.
More information about preschool can be found on the district's Early Childhood Education page.