Enrolling your child
The first step of the enrollment process takes place online through the Infinite Campus Online Registration system. Use one of the following pre-registration buttons to complete the first step of the enrollment process. Make sure to review ALL information on this page prior to beginning the pre-registration process for your child.
Find your child’s attendance area school
Use the school attendance area locator tool or call 651-423-7640 to locate your child’s attendance area school.
Please note, completing this pre-registration form is not your final step. Click on one of the following two buttons to begin pre-registering your child based on your family's current situation.
Families with children attending District 196 schools
For first-time families with no children enrolled in District 196
If you have already completed the pre-registration process, don't wait for a call from your child's new school. Parents/guardians should visit the school on Feb. 12 or 13, 2020 and bring the following additional information with them to complete their child's kindergarten registration for fall 2020.
If you are unable to attend kindergarten enrollment on Feb. 12 or 13, please call your child's school office to let staff know whether or not you plan to enroll your child.
K-12 Checklist and pre-registration completion
After completing the online pre-registration your child's school will contact you to set up a time for you to bring the following items into school and complete K-12 registration.*
- A birth certificate, passport or other evidence of your child’s age.
- A copy of your child’s current immunization record, medical exemption or conscientious objection.
- The completed Minnesota Language Survey.
- Proof of early childhood screening if your child was not screened in District 196. If your child has not been through the screening process, please visit our early childhood screening page and call 651-423-7899 to set up an appointment.
- School year childcare information, if applicable, including name, address and phone number of your childcare provider for transportation purposes.
Other information to complete Pre-registration
- Free and Reduced-Price lunch application (Applications need to be renewed every summer. Please wait until July if you are enrolling for next fall. For more information, visit District 196 Food and Nutrition Services.)
- Denial of Release of Directory and Yearbook Information form
- Transportation information
- Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook
- Early Childhood Screening
Review additional information
Before- and after-school child care
Community Education offers child care through the YMCA SAC Program. Community Education also offers a variety of adult, child, ECFE and aquatics programs.
A child is eligible for kindergarten if he or she will be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the year he or she will begin school.
- Early entrance guidelines are available for parents wishing to enroll students who do not meet the age requirement. Parents may also call 651-423-7739 for more information on early entrance to kindergarten.
- Minnesota requires that all children complete a free screening to detect any health and/or developmental concerns prior to entering kindergarten in a public school. District 196 encourages early childhood screening between three and four years of age. This allows time for a preschool experience or other social/educational opportunities to benefit the child. Please contact Early Childhood Screening at 651-423-7899 for more information.
Sport physical and eligibility
Have it readily available so we can use it to ensure your child can participate in school activities, or if they need specific accommodations based on their needs, that we can provide them to the best of our ability
- For high school students, fill out the MSHSL Sports Qualifying Physical Examination Clearance Form and Annual Sports Health Questionnaire.
- For middle school students, fill out the MSHSL Sports Qualifying Physical Examination Clearance Form.
Busing is provided for students who live 1 mile and farther from school for elementary students and 1.5 miles and farther for middle school and high school students. These service distance criteria also apply to students attending the district’s magnet schools and all non-public school students. Visit the Transportation Department page for more information or call 651-423-7685.
Census data is required to enroll your child into District 196. It also helps ensure an accurate count of district residents which is used to forecast future school attendance growth and boundary information.
If you have questions about the census form or the requested data, contact Student Information Supervisor Kim Reis at Kim.Reis@district196.org.