2023/2024 Kindergarten Enrollment Will Open February 6, 2023

Children who turn five years old on or before December 1, 2023 will be eligible to enroll for DK /Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year.

Children who turn 5 years old by April 30, 2023 will be placed in a Kindergarten classroom. 
Children who will turn 5 years old on May 1 and by September 1, 2023 will be screened for a DK or Kindergarten placement (screening information will be communicated after an approved enrollment application). 
Children who will turn 5 years old on September 2 and by December 1, 2023 will be placed in a Developmental Kindergarten classroom.
Children who will turn 5 years old on December 2, 2023 or later are not eligible to enroll for the 2023-2024 school year.

Welcome to Rockford Public Schools! Whether you are a new or a former RPS family, we are excited about you becoming a Rockford RAM!  Rockford Public Schools has a longstanding track record of preparing students for their next steps in life. We are committed to academic programs that support the needs of the whole child.  Please review the following information: Here are some reasons we believe you will love Rockford Public Schools!

Please see the Enrollment Procedures below.  A district representative will be in contact with you after your enrollment application has been successfully submitted. Thank you!



Required Enrollment Documentation

In order to enroll OR re-enroll your child(ren) into Rockford Public Schools, the district requires the following:

Proof of residency in Rockford with parent/guardian’s name and residential street address (no P.O. boxes):

You must physically reside within the Rockford Public Schools District boundaries to be considered a resident.

The following TWO items are required for proof of residency:

  1. Property Tax Statement OR Signed Lease Agreement
  2. Current Utility Bill – reflecting the service address AND the resident’s name
    NOTE: A driver’s license is NOT a valid proof of residency!

If you do not reside within the Rockford Public Schools district, you must apply for Schools of Choice for enrollment consideration. You may complete the enrollment process below ONLY when your RPS Schools of Choice Application has been approved and you have received your acceptance letter from the district.  Please use the acceptance letter as ONE piece of proof residency and the 2nd required document would be related to your current address (property tax statement, property/warranty deed or lease agreement as stated above).

Copy of Original birth certificate.

The Michigan Missing Children’s Act (MCL 380.1135) requires that you provide a copy of the child’s original Birth Certificate when you are enrolling in school. If you do not meet this requirement within 30 days, the school must notify local law enforcement.

Complete immunization records.

If your child is entering a Michigan school for the first time, please provide the school with a record showing that your child has received all of the required immunizations or a vaccination waiver from the current year. Required Childhood Immunizations for Michigan School Settings

The proof of immunizations must be submitted to the school your child will be attending on or before the first day your child attends school.

Special Education and 504 Programming.

If your child qualifies for a 504 or Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) please note this in the enrollment form and contact Rockford Special Services Department at 616.863.6326.

Transcript for Grades 9-12.

  • 9th Grade – A transcript or 8th grade report card from your child’s previous school is required for placement and schedule assignment.  Please email your child’s transcript to Kim Nichols at knichols@rockfordschools.org
  • 10th – 12th Grades – A transcript from your child’s previous school is required for placement and schedule assignment.  Please email your child’s transcript to Stephani Lamancusa at slamancusa@rockfordschools.org

Foreign Exchange Students.

Please contact the Rockford High Schools Guidance Office at 616-863-6033 regarding enrollment.

Student Enrollment Directions

Scenario #1: Enrolling New Students to Rockford Public Schools (RPS)

  • Definition:  New families to the district.
  • If your child is a current DK, Early Childhood Special Education or SIP student, an additional enrollment request is not required.
  • Please enroll through the ENROLLMENT icon below
  • Early Childhood and Region 1 student enrollments, please enroll through the ENROLLMENT icon below


Scenario #2: Current Rockford Public Schools (RPS) Family Enrolling Additional Child(ren)

  • Definition: Families that have at least one child currently enrolled in RPS and are enrolling additional child(ren)
  • Please log into FAMILY ACCESS  and click on the New Student Enrollment tab located in the left column


Scenario #3: Returning Rockford Public Schools (RPS) Family

  • Definition: Students who previously attended and are returning to RPS AND do not have currently enrolled siblings
  • Please log into FAMILY ACCESS using the primary guardian’s login credentials.  If you do not recall your login credentials, click “Forgot Password” to receive your login credentials and a reset link.  You will be directed to the online enrollment application upon logging in.


Enrollment Questions:  rpsenrollment@rockfordschools.org or call (616) 863-6320


Before and After Care (BAC)

Food Service (go to “Pay on Account” to create account)

Please visit the Nursing Services Webpage for other health-related forms and protocols

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