Three Years Before Enrolling in Kindergarten (children ages 2–3)
Use GreatPhillySchools.org to begin your school search.
If you’re interested in a school with a prekindergarten program, start this process a year earlier. For more information, see "Finding a Great Preschool.”
Two Years Before Enrolling in Kindergarten
Attend elementary school open houses to tour and gain information about the schools. These events are usually held in the spring.
Speak with principals, teachers and current parents of the schools you are researching. Use our guide to school visits to help you.
The Year Before Enrolling in Kindergarten or Changing Schools
The district elementary school directory becomes available at the Office of Student Enrollment and Placement (215-400-4290 or philasd.org).
Some schools hold visits, information sessions or open houses.
Most public charter schools begin to accept applications. Check the PhillySchoolApp website for an updated list of public charter schools accepting the common application.
Most private school admission and financial aid applications are due during this period.
Public charter schools with more applications than spots run lotteries for all applicants. District neighborhood schools run lotteries for transfer applicants.
Most private schools release admissions decisions.
Registration opens for district public neighborhood schools. The following students need to register:
Philadelphia public school students who have moved to another city neighborhood over the summer
Children new to Philadelphia
Children transferring in from private, parochial and charter schools
Kindergarten students who were not preregistered in the spring