PPSD Registration

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Registration for the 2021-22 School Year


  • Important: When you register using the pre-registration portal, you may be asked to upload copies of some key documents. If you can take a picture of those documents with your phone and upload them, that is great! If you can’t do that, you can still register—Just skip those parts for now. You can email us copies of your documents, fax them to 401-278-0553, or drop copies off at a drop box we have located next to our doors at 325 Ocean St., Providence RI 02907. 


    Please remember to have the following documents available for the registration process:

    • Student Age Verification Document: Birth Certificate, Passport, residency card or I-94
    • Parent/Guardian ID
    • Immunization Records
    • Proof of Residency: One of the following: Utility Bill, Paystub, Lease, Bank Statement-all dated within 60 days of registration
    • K-8: Last report card
    • 9-12: Official High School transcript
    • Students with IEP’s, please also plan on providing a copy of the IEP



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    For families who need to translate into a language other than English, you will need to access the site via chrome and click on the google translate app at the top of the page.   

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    We will call you within 48 hours from when you contact us and register your student over the phone. 



  • PPSD Kindergarten registration is currently open through May 21. The school choice lottery for kindergarten placement will take place in early June. Families will be notified by mail.


    Students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2021 in order to qualify for placement.


    Families can begin the registration process online at www.providenceschools.org/prereg. Families will need to upload images of immunization records, a valid parent/guardian ID and proof of residency, as well as documentation verifying the student’s age. Registration staff will reach out to each individual family to complete the registration process. For assistance, email inforeg@ppsd.org or call 401-456-9297.


    Kindergarten placement will be decided by lottery, but most school choices this year will be limited to neighborhood elementary schools or the two schools closest to a family’s official residence.


    Elementary schools in Providence currently are rated at one, two and three stars, based on performance. Every family will have at least one two-star or three-star elementary school among their lottery options.


    Families interested in enrolling their kindergartners in one of the district’s bilingual or dual language programs are not limited to neighborhood schools. This fall, bilingual options for kindergarten will be offered at William D’Abate Elementary and Feinstein Elementary at Sackett Street. Dual language options for kindergarten will be offered at Leviton Dual Language Academy and Fortes/Lima and Carl G. Lauro Elementary Schools. Due to construction at the current Frank D. Spaziano Annex, the Spaziano Elementary Dual Language kindergarten will also be held at Lauro Elementary for the 2021-22 school year.  


    Incoming kindergartners with older siblings will be given placement preference, regardless of whether that sibling is enrolled in a neighborhood school.


    Families of students with existing Individualized Education Programs should provide a copy of the IEP. Additional testing for multilingual learners will be scheduled at a later date.


    Families whose children qualified for kindergarten for the 2020-21 year but did not attend due to pandemic-related concerns will also be expected to enroll in kindergarten for the fall. If those families want their children to attend first grade in the fall must test out of kindergarten in order to qualify. More information on first-grade placement testing will be available in the spring.