New Students

How to Enroll

JCPS offers a wide range of programs for students from 4 years old through grade twelve. Early Childhood Programs (available for students age 4) prepare children socially, physically, emotionally, and educationally for elementary school. Full-day, half-day, and home-based programs are available. Some programs are free. Others are tuition-based.

Elementary schools, which serve kindergarten through fifth-grade students, are grouped into clusters of five to eight schools. Each student’s cluster is determined by their home address. Elementary students may apply to a magnet school or program.

Students in middle and high school are assigned to the school that serves their home address. An application is not required for a student to attend this school. If a student lives in the Choice Zone and is in a transition grade (grade six or nine), they will be required to make a close-to-home or far-away selection. Middle and high school students may choose to apply online to a magnet school or program.

Registration and Application Process

New Students

  • Register: Students who have not previously attended a JCPS school, including all incoming kindergartners, must register online, at any JCPS elementary school, or at the Office of School Choice. Returning JCPS students who have registered in the past don’t need to register again.
  • Provide Proof of Residence: Proof of residency in Jefferson County is required. You can provide this online after you have submitted your registration. Attach valid proof of residence, which can be an LG&E or water bill, a paycheck or paycheck stub, a lease, a contract on a home, or SSI or other government benefit award letter.
  • Apply: After your address has been verified, you’ll receive an activation key that will let you access the application for an elementary zone (required for an elementary school assignment), Choice Zone, or magnet schools/programs or Academy of Louisville Programs.

Current Students

Current JCPS students do not need to register before they apply to a school or program. They may go directly to the application

Applications are required only for elementary students who are entering kindergarten for the first time, elementary students who have moved, Choice Zone students, and students at all grade levels who want to apply to a magnet school/program or Academy of Louisville Program.

You may register your child for school regardless of immigration status and/or a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. If a student lacks this type of residence; has a temporary living arrangement because of economic hardship or temporary foster care placement; or lives in a shelter, hotel, or family member’s residence, the student may qualify for the Office of Access and Opportunity. Call (502) 485-3650 or send an email to