Welcome to Albemarle County Public Schools!

We are thrilled that your family will become part of the community of learners at your child’s school and that we have the opportunity to partner with you as your child grows and excels. Albemarle County Public Schools is one of the top-performing public school divisions in the state, and we have a rich tradition of academic and social excellence. You live in a community that values and supports education, and we look forward to working together to inspire, nurture, and motivate your child. To learn more information about our Division, visit our About Us page.

Below you will find general information about student enrollment and admission into Albemarle County Public Schools. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Strategic Planning & Operations at 434-296-5877.

Enrolling Your Child in Albemarle County Public Schools

Registration is conducted at the home school; that is, the school serving the child’s attendance area. Attendance areas are assigned based on current physical addresses (not post office boxes). It is not necessary for your child to be present at registration.

At the time of registration, the parent or legal guardian (proof of guardianship required) must submit two proofs of residency in Albemarle County. Post office boxes and driver’s licenses are not considered proofs of residency.

Acceptable Proofs of Residency: 

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Note: For assistance registering a child who was not born in the United States or speaks a language other than English, or if the documents needed for school registration were issued in a foreign country, contact the International and ESOL Office at 434-296-6517.

State Enrollment Requirements

In order to enroll a child in a public school system in Virginia, state law requires the parent/guardian to provide certain information to the school division:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Street Address
  • School Entrance Health Form
  • Immunizations
  • Social Security Number
  • Expulsion Statement

Visit the Virginia Department of Education website for more detailed information about each of the above requirements.

School Admission Standards for Residents

Refer to School Board Policy JEC, School Admission, Section I (“Resident”), to determine eligibility for admission to Albemarle County Public Schools on a non-tuition basis.

Every registrant MUST:

  • Reach his/her fifth birthday on or before September 30th of the school year
  • Not reach his/her 20th birthday on or before August 1st of the school year
  • Reside in Albemarle County or be eligible for admission under School Board Policy JECA, Admission of Homeless Children, or meet the nonresidency admission standards addressed below

School Admission Standards for Nonresidents

Refer to School Board Policy JEC, School Admission, Section II (“Nonresident”) and Section III (“Nonresident Students of Albemarle County Employees”), to determine eligibility for admission to Albemarle County Public Schools on a tuition or non-tuition basis.

Acceptable conditions for admission of nonresidents include:

  • A student whose parent/guardian moves from the county after the end of the first semester may be permitted to complete the school year in his/her current school with no tuition charge.
  • A child whose parent/guardian plans to move to the county after the school year begins and who will reside in the county for the majority of the school year may be permitted to begin the school year in an Albemarle County public school (documentation required). Tuition will be charged and held in escrow for the time the parent lives outside the Division and refunded if the parent moves into Albemarle County during the school year.
  • A senior whose parent/guardian moves from the county after the end of the first semester of the student’s junior year may be permitted to complete his/her final year in the last high school attended with the payment of tuition.
  • A student participating in a foreign exchange program approved by the School Board may attend school in Albemarle County so long as he/she is living with a resident host family.
  • A child whose parent/guardian is employed full-time by Albemarle County Public Schools, CATEC, or certain Albemarle County Local Government departments may be admitted on a half-tuition basis.

Procedure for Admission of Nonresident Students:

Per policy, the eligible child’s parent/guardian must apply for admission by completing a school division application. Applications will be considered on an individual basis and in the order in which they are received, and approval will be contingent upon the availability of class openings and/or services.

Please contact Strategic Planning & Operations at 434-296-5877 to obtain an application, or if you have questions about enrollment requirements, school admission, or tuition.

Admission of Homeless Children

The Albemarle County School Board is committed to educating homeless children and youth. Homeless children and youth shall not be stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their status as homeless. For more information, refer to School Board Policy JECA, Admission of Homeless Students.

Students who, due to a lack of permanent housing, live in inadequate or temporary settings meet the criteria for the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness and have special educational rights. Such settings include:

  • Emergency or transitional shelters
  • Motels, hotels, or campgrounds
  • Cars, parks, public places, or abandoned buildings
  • Doubled up with relatives or friends

For assistance registering a homeless child, or for access to helpful resources, contact the Albemarle County Families in Crisis Program in the Adult, Migrant and Homeless Education Office at 434-296-3872.

Attendance Areas

For information about determining your school attendance area, feeder patterns, or school attendance area waiver requests, please visit our Attendance Areas page. 


For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Strategic Planning & Operations at
434-296-5877.