How to Enroll

Students enrolling in our public schools must have documentation proving they are residents of the state, their health records and, if necessary, documents from their previous school and other legal documents. Resources and opt-outs exist for students in exceptional circumstances. The necessary information is detailed here.

​Select a school

Students must attend the school that serves the geographic area where they reside. You can search using our SchoolSite Locator tool — when you enter an address, that will generate service boundaries for that area's elementary, middle and high school. Please contact the school directly to verify it is the correct school, as service boundaries can change.

​​​​What to bring

Parents and guardians will need to bring the following documents and forms to enroll a child in their neighborhood school. Read further down for details.

  • Student Health Record
  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of current address
  • Documents from a previous school
  • Legal documents

​Student Health Record

We work in conjunction with the Department of Health to ensure that students meet key health and immunization requirements. By the first day of school, all students entering school in Hawaii for the first time must have:

  • Tuberculosis (TB) clearance, AND
  • A completed student health record that includes:
    • Physical examination (PE)
    • All required immunizations
      OR,
    • a signed statement or a medical appointment card from your child’s doctor to prove that your child is in the process of completing missing immunizations or the PE

Students who have not completed these requirements by the first day of school will not be allowed to attend school until these requirements are met.

If your child requires emergency rescue medications or other daily/routine medications, please fill out this form​ and take to the school.

Birth certificate

If a student is from a foreign country, the student’s passport or student visa is acceptable.

Proof of current address

Documentation by the parent or legal guardian that the child resides at an address within the school’s attendance boundary. (Link to our SchoolSite Locator​ to see school district boundaries and explore school locations.) Preferred documentation to establish proof of residence includes the following. A school may request one or more of the following be provided:

  1. Rental/lease agreement, mortgage document, or current real property assessment document in the parent/guardian's name. A signed and accepted offer to a lease agreement from the leasing office is acceptable, if the following are included: Parent/legal guardian's name and signature with date of acceptance; residential address; effective date of offer; available unit date; and, deadline to respond date.
  2. Utility bill for water, electric, gas or telephone that indicates that the billing is in the parent/guardian’s name and is being sent to the house; and
  3. If the parent or legal guardian cannot provide documentation of legal residence because the parent/legal guardian is living with a relative/friend, a notarized statement by the relative/friend can be accepted by the school with the following stipulation: (a) Notarized statement must state that the parent/legal guardian and child are living with the relative/friend; (b) Notarized statement must state the name of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence; (c) Notarized statement must state the same address of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence; (d) A copy of the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence must be attached to the notarized statement; and (e) Notarized statement must be signed by same name of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence.

Falsification of documents submitted is subject to penalty under Hawaii Revised Statutes 710-1063, resulting in the child being sent back to the school where he/she should properly be attending. The Department may pursue prosecution at its discretion.

Children experiencing homelessness​ are covered by enrollment guidelines provided in the McKinney-Vento Act.

Documents from a previous school

These can include a release packet with an unofficial transcript or latest report card, and for special education students, the Individual Education Plan.

Legal Documents

Documents may include:

  • Power of Attorney if the child is not living with the parents.
  • Temporary Restraining Order.
  • Guardianship documents.
  • Legal name change.
  • Court orders.​

Advisory

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all states report the race and ethnicity of students enrolling in public school. The state of Hawaii does not report individual information, but reports total counts of students by different sub-group categories of race and ethnicity. Although you have the right as a parent to decline to provide this information to the school, Federal rules require that every student be assigned an ethnicity and/or race category. The schools will designate a category in the event a parent declines to provide that information.

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