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Enrollment » Elementary Registration FAQs

Elementary Registration FAQs


Frequently Asked QUESTIONS

  1. When does registration begin for elementary students (Grade K-5)?  Registration for new resident students in Grades TK-5 begins in February. Complete Online Enrollment Form , Make an Enrollment Appointment bring completed form and required documents to the District Office, 1051 Monroe St.  Visit our website to access online enrollment 
  2. Is there a TK/Kindergarten Information Meeting?  Yes.  The TK/Kindergarten information meeting is late January in the evening at Ocean View Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room 1000 Jackson St.
  3. My child has had several years of preschool and will be five years old on September 5th.  Can I register my child for this year?  No. The entrance age for a kindergarten student is 5 years old on or before September 1st. (Board Policy 5111; Education Code 48000, 48002, 48011 and 48210). Students that will be 5 years old September 2 – December 2 are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten.
  4. May I request a particular teacher for my child?  The staff takes great care in creating balanced heterogeneous classes.
  5. Can students attend a school that is not near their home? The entire district is only one mile square. Parents may request a school site through the open enrollment/ preference process. There is no guarantee of placement at a specific school.
  6. When will parents be notified of school assignments? Parents will be notified mid-July and early August for those who registered during Priority Enrollment period February - March; sooner if possible. All assignments are tentative based on final enrollments in early August.
  7. What is the definition of a resident student? A student who lives with his/her parent(s) or court-appointed guardian in a home in the city of Albany.
  8. What are the hours for TK/Kindergarten? Early Bird is 8:30-1:00 or Late Bird is 9:30-2:00.
  9. May parents request Early or Late Bird TK/Kindergarten Placement? Parents may request Early or Late Bird session. Requests are not guaranteed.
  10. Does Albany enroll students who do not live in the city of Albany?  Yes. Students who do not live in the city may apply to attend Albany schools. Non-resident students are placed after all resident students on a space available basis. An inter-district permit from the student’s district of residence must be submitted by Wednesday, April 30th at the District Office, 1051 Monroe St.
  11. Where do Albany residents register during the summer months?  Families may register K-5 students at the District Office located at 1051 Monroe St. NOTE:  Information about student placement will be available at elementary school offices when staff returns the week before school begins.
  12. May I contact the District Office, during the summer, regarding the status of my child’s registration/placement? Yes. However the District Office does not have information on students’ class schedule or classroom assignment. Parents may contact the school sites the week before school begins with questions. Students who do not live in Albany may contact the District Office (510-558-3762) regarding the application process.
  13. How do parents make arrangements to observe classes? Arrangements must be made through the office at the individual school site. Tuesday is our District’s K-5 visitation day. We ask that visits be limited to 10-15 minutes per day for parents only. All visitors must check in at the school office prior to visiting.
  14. Does Albany have on-site, before and after school childcare?  Yes. The Albany Children’s Center (510-559-6590) operates on-site before and after school childcare (7:30 am – 6:00 pm) at Marin and Ocean View elementary schools. In addition, a small, afternoon only Mandarin program is available at Cornell Elementary School (12:00 – 6:00 pm. The YMCA (510-525-1130) operates before and after school childcare (7:30 am – 6:30 pm) at the Solano Center (near Cornell) for grades Kg – 2nd, with grades 3 – 5 served at Ocean View this past school year. Registration begins in March at 921 Kains Ave.
  15. Does Albany have busing for its students? No. Albany Unified does not offer transportation.
  16. What are the class sizes in Albany School? In K-3 grades, classes are currently expected to be enrolled at 24 students per class.
  17. What is the cost of school lunches? The lunch price is currently $4.00 in the elementary schools and includes milk. It is $4.25 in the middle and high schools. Applications for the free and reduced lunch program are available online