Enrollment Process

DUSD serves over 2,000 students through our 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school, and Preschool Program. Read more below on how to enroll in our schools and become part of our DUSD community.

+ New to DUSD

Welcome to DUSD! If your child has never attended a DUSD school or is a former student returning to DUSD, please follow the steps below to register.

Step 1: Visit the school closest to your home to fill out a Registration Form


Step 2: Complete the Enrollment Process by bringing the required documents to the school. Your child’s enrollment is not finalized until we have the necessary documentation. Bring the following to your school site:

  • Three (3) proofs of residency (PG&E, City of Merced water bill, mortgage statement, bank statement with a current date)

  • Birth certificate

  • Immunization records

  • Parent/Guardian California Driver's License, ID Card, or other form of photo verification

  • Custody documents, if applicable

  • 504/IEP, if applicable

Step 3: Make an appointment or do a walk-in to your school site to bring the required documents. School sites will open August 2. After submitting the required documents, your child will be enrolled and you will be provided start date as well as other pertinent school information.

Helpful Resources for Families

Age Requirement for TK & Kinder:

Children will be admitted into a Kindergarten program at the beginning of the school year, or whenever upon moving into the district, if they will have their 5th birthday on or before September 1. Students who will have their 5th birthday between September 2 and December 2 will be admitted to Transitional Kindergarten.

First time U.S. enrollment:

Students enrolling in a U.S. school for the first time will be placed strictly based on the birth date/grade level placement criteria.

Grade Level

*** Based on space availability

***Preschool

***Expanded Transitional Kindergarten (ETK)

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Kindergarten

Birthdate

Age 3 by December 1

Age 4 by September 1

Age 5 between September 2
& December 2

Age 5 by September 1

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q My child will turn five years old on September 2 and I want him to go to Kindergarten… Can he/she?A No, DUSD follows state Ed Code and your child must turn five years old on or before September 1 to enroll in Kindergarten. Your child is eligible to attend Transitional Kindergarten, since his/her 5th birthday is between September 2 and December 2.

Q My child will turn five years old on August 30, but I don’t want to send him/her to Kindergarten yet… can I enroll him/her in Transitional Kindergarten?A No, Transitional Kindergarten is only for students whose 5th birthday falls between September 2 and December 2.

Q We just moved from overseas and my child is age-appropriate for 3rd grade, but he/she did not finish 2nd grade at our school overseas… can I enroll my child in 2nd grade?A We first look at enrolling your child in the grade level they are age-appropriate for. You are welcome to talk to the principal at your child’s school site regarding placement questions you may have.

Q We just moved from out-of-state/overseas and my child is age-appropriate for 4th grade, but he/she was in 6th grade in our city/country… what grade level will my child be enrolled in?A We first look at enrolling your child in the grade level for which they are age-appropriate. You are welcome to talk to the principal at your child’s school site regarding placement questions you may have.