New Hanover County Schools




Kindergarten Enrollment

Enrollment for 2024 - 2025:   
New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) will hold initial kindergarten enrollment March 1-March 15, 2024.* In order to be enrolled for kindergarten, children must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2024.  While it may appear early for registration, this timeline allows NHCS to better prepare for staffing needs and hiring certified teachers at each school, efficiently plan for the next school year, complete school choice/lottery options, and ensures the prompt processing of your student's enrollment request. *This is the open Kindergarten registration period to be eligible for consideration for all available school assignment options.* 

Kindergarten enrollment must be completed using our online platform; if you need in-person assistance with registration, please contact your zoned school. Parents/legal guardians can access NHCS’s online enrollment for the 2024/2025 school year by using this website:  
Supplemental Documents for Enrollment

Supplemental documentation is due at the time of enrollment. If you have difficulty providing any documentation or have questions about registration or acceptable forms of documentation, please contact the zoned school for your residential district (contact information listed below) or the New Hanover County Schools Enrollment Office at 910.251.2929. For more information on supplemental documents, please see the Enrollment Documents tab.

  • Proof of parent or legal guardian domicile in New Hanover County (required).
    • Copy of a current residential property tax statement, property deed, mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement, homeowners or rental insurance policy, or current utility bill such as Duke Energy or Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. Routine mail delivered by the United States Postal Service to the address of record and items such as paystubs or bank or credit card statements are not accepted as proof of domicile. 
  • Child's original certified birth certificate or other acceptable proof of age (required). 
  • Up-to-date immunization records (required). By state law, the immunization record must be presented within 30 days of enrollment or the student shall be excluded from school until proof is presented. The immunization certificate should include:
    • Child’s name and address
    • Parent/guardian/responsible person name and address
    • Child’s date of birth
    • Sex of the child
    • Number of vaccine doses given
    • Dates the vaccine doses were given
    • Name and address of the physician or health department administering the required immunizations
  • Health assessment report (required) – as required by state law, completed health assessment form (specific document) must be presented to the principal of the school on or before the child’s first day of attendance. If the health assessment is not provided within 30 days of enrollment, the student shall be excluded from school until provided. 
  • Parent or legal guardian photo Identification, if available. Documents can include:
    • Valid driver’s license, passport, green card, embassy or consulate-issued identification, national identity card, state identification card, military identification or Faith ID card.
  • Custody documentation, if applicable. 
    • Please note New Hanover County Schools cannot accept notarized documents as proof of guardianship or custody. If your family has a unique circumstance, please contact the school of registration. 
Certified birth certificates may be obtained by writing the North Carolina Vital Records, 1903 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1900; by calling 919.733.3000; or by visiting the Vital Records (appointments required) Cooper Memorial Health Building, 225 North McDowell Street, Raleigh, NC 27603-1382. They may also be obtained from the Register of Deeds office in the county of the child’s birth. 

Parents or legal guardians with questions concerning kindergarten registration may call the elementary school in their residential school district.  Any questions regarding the immunization and/or health assessment requirements should be directed to the nurse at the school of registration. School names, principal names and phone numbers are listed below:




Alderman Elementary

Jordan Steinhilber


Anderson Elementary

Kristi Tinnes-Brown


Bellamy Elementary

Burt Kilpatrick


Blair Elementary

Aaron Livengood


Bradley Creek Elementary

Erin Lee


Carolina Beach Elementary

Jennifer Angel


Castle Hayne Elementary

Christianne May


Codington Elementary

Pam Biggs


College Park Elementary

Debra Calvert


College Rd Early Childhood Ctr

Michelle Manis


Eaton Elementary

RoseMarie Wheeler


Forest Hills Elementary

Diego Lehocky


Freeman Elementary

Stephen Buchanan


Gregory Elementary

Hilda de Leon


Holly Tree Elementary

Mary Jones


Howe Pre-K

LeighAnn Lampley


Masonboro Elementary  Vincenzo Ruggiero, interim 910-790-2355

Murrayville Elementary

Sabra Wright


NHCS Pre-K at Johnson

Karen McCarty


Ogden Elementary

Sarah Buchanan


Pine Valley Elementary

Sam Kantrowitz


Porter’s Neck Elementary

Paul Slovik


Snipes Elementary

Rachel Manning


Sunset Park Elementary

Joe Pazar


Williams Elementary

Janna Lennon


Winter Park Elementary

Brent Hall


Wrightsboro Elementary

Michelle Faison


Wrightsville Beach Elementary

Jackson Norvell


How to Enroll

You will need an email account in order to use the online system. See instructions below.
How to Enroll Video Instructions